First step in distressing is crumpling. 12 times to scrunch up and flatten out each map until it sounds like fabric and it soft to the touch.
Then to the station. A dip in a basin of plain water and a squeeze to remove the extra water, students apply black or brown (or both) to the maps, then into the drying rack with a piece of poster board under the scrap colored paper to hold it up in the wire racks.
Here are a few dry maps....
A bit of creative writing in the form of museum labels will be our conclusion activity, and we'll probably mount these to some colored paper also.