When I was little, our school playground had black walnut trees around the perimeter. During recess, my friends and I would tear the green flesh from the walnuts just because it was fun to stain our hands that blackish brown color. I still think it's fun! So, I don't mind having my hands stained for a week while I make this ink.
I've collected black walnuts from friends, family, and the area around my home and slow cooked them for several hours. I then filter the ink and reduce the mixture again until it's just the right color. Somehow, I even managed to filter the final batch while wearing my favorite light colored sweatshirt and my favorite jeans. Murphy's law says I should have spilled the whole pot all over myself...
This careful filtering and reduction produces a thick, golden brown ink that is wonderful for writing with dip-pens or feather quills. If you're interested in letter-writing, sending invitations to an important event, or just have a fondness for the old-fashioned way of life and handmade stationary, you really need to try this ink. You can also paint with it; or stain fabric, yarn, wood, or paper with it.
It will arrive to you as pictured in a sturdy clear glass bottle with a brass colored screw-on lid. I will package the bottle carefully and pad it well inside the box I send it in.
Due to the nature of black walnuts, this ink WILL stain hands and clothing it comes into contact with. Sunlight, over time, will break down the organic matter in this ink, so it should be stored in a dark place or in an opaque or covered container. It can range in color from a dark almost blackish brown to a light creamy tan, depending on how much you dilute it with water.
I have plenty more of this ink, so if you want more than the listed ounce, convo me. Please convo me with any questions you have.
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Your order will be packaged in a 100% biodegradable materials, including biodegradable cellulose tape and biodegradable "plastic" waterproof bags from clearbags.com.
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