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5th image courtesy of Michael Thompson of Fading Leaf Design, available for sale here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/124980641/original-ink-painting-by-michael-b?ref=pr_shop

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 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.

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. Shipping prices are on the expensive side to cover the cost of a larger box and appropriate padding.

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.

The 4th image was drawn by http://www.etsy.com/shop/spartasoap

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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Brown
  • Materials: black walnuts, alcohol, glass jar, other ingredients
  • Only ships within United States.
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