I would like to write a letter, in the present, addressed to my children in the future (no sad reasons involved; I just thought it would be nice to share my emotions of a new parent directly with my grown-up children, if with a long lag).
The paper and ink would need to thus withstand about 20 years of storage. Ideally, the writing should still be legible then, paper not crumbly etc. It wouldn't need to be mint condition, but practically readable and "keepable" - perhaps they want to hold on to the letters.
What combination of materials (paper, ink) would you suggest? Specifically, I am thinking about the following:
- This question talks about differences in drawing vs. printer paper, and states that drawing paper is more long-lasting. Is it sufficient for two decades of waiting? Is a specific type of paper best advised?
- Is it practical to pull this off without special storage? I'd like to store the letters with other documents, i.e. dry and safe, but without special storage conditions like air-conditioning. I live in fairly humid climate (UK) but not excessively so.
- What about ink? I understand most inks fade over time, would this be an issue?
- Does the choice of ink impact choice of paper and vice versa?