How to Make Walnut Ink

How to Make Walnut Ink

This brown ink is easy to make and can be used with a dip pen or brush. There are lots of recipes on the internet, all with different additions to stop the ink going mouldy and flow more easily, but before I get to that, here’s the basic process.           1. Collect walnuts. The part of the walnut you need is the husk, not the nut. When the walnuts fall they are green. Ours had been lying about for a while on wet...

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How to make oak gall ink

How to make oak gall ink

Many people love looking at the gilded images in medieval manuscripts. There is nothing quite like the shimmer of gold leaf as the page is turned.   However, it was ink made from oak galls that made the composition of those beautiful manuscripts possible.           How was oak gall ink used?   As well as being used for the text, images were drawn in ink –   before being gilded –    ...

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