by type or color
picture l to r Salt, Vinegar (suppose to be white) bowl and strainer Mortar & pestle & I have the pom juice in there to represent the berries for ink)
Make a dark gray ink close to what the romans may have used in their time.
For this you will need
*Gum Arabic (or Honey)
*charcoal sticks or soot from the fireplace
put the charcoal sticks in a plastic baggie and crush them completely with a small hammer or mallet, bowl (lean on it) or spoon even with a rolling-pin it should be right quick.
Place 5 teaspoons of the soot or crushed charcoal into a small metal or glass bowl
add 2 teaspoons of gum arabic (or Honey) and 4 teaspoons of vinegar stir until all its combined.
if you want to make a dark blue ink
mix 2 tablespoons of LAUNDRY bluing powder to 5 tablespoons of water. This gives a deep rich blue ink.
(or to try, add only 1 tablespoon in to the berry mix)
Slice a raw beet in 1/4 inch slices
place int a sauce pan with a 1/2 cup water
and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the slices are tender.
add a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar & 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Aside from the previous berries mentioned, You can also use wildberries such as Pokeberries, mulberries, or Hawthorne berries.
(But do not eat them as I only know that Pokeberries are poisonous)
Be sure to use a metal or glass bowl only so it won’t be permanently stained.
In a small sauce pan bring to a boil a 1/4 cup grape juice
2 tablespoons of vinegar & 1 tablespoon of salt
Dark Brown Ink
simmer 5 to 6 black tea bags in a half (1/2) cup of water, until it has reduced to a quater cup.
add a teaspoon of powdered gum arabic & stir with a wood skewer or of the sort that’s disposeable.
Walnut Ink (see videos)
If you are using English or black walnut shells first beware of Squirrels & chipmunks!!!
Put the walnut shells in an empty bag, & Pretending you are Thor whack them with the hammer.
Repeat until; they are small little pebble pieces.
Now put them into a saucepan with 2 cups of water on medium heat bringing it to a boil for 45 minutes to an hour
. Let simmer until the water gets dark (around 15 minutes)
add your salt & vinegar & simmer another 5 minutes
Strain using an old t-shirt/rag or cheesecloth as a filter.
This ink WILL stain plastic, clothes, & fingers but will wash right out of metal or glass pots
Here’s one for EXTRA fun!!!
INVISIBLE INK !!
Mix equal parts baking soda and water mix it well
inject with syringe into your ink cartridge.
Once the paper dries hold it up to a warm light source for a surprise message!
(maybe adding a bit of laundry detergent. (see videos for why)
I’ve also heard lemon works but never did for me. Check out the videos for something
else that works as invisible ink
Clear Cut Glass Inkwell Antique Reproduction
Clear hinged inkwell with clasp to keep closed.
How to make Ink videos – a Variety of help
I’m also including a few more ideas, & if you are under 18 I will NOT be liable for anything you do to ruin anything in the house!
But The 2nd video would be really cool for a Halloween haunted house effect..Hint Hint (that I WILL NOT deny)
Elaborate Ink wells –
If you purchase one of these then color me jealous!
I’d like something intriguing, with more personality than the above affordable one, but less complex than one of the ones here. I WISH however I could get that writing desk.
Have you ever made home made Ink? What did you use (as for the ink resource)? Did it work?
Well I think we all should be able to afford this well
Solid Brass Captain Inkwell with Moving Swivel Lid
•Writing Pen Inkwell is a beautiful antique reproduction made from solid brass
•Featuring a moving swivel top, this ink well is representative of the writing pen inkwell used by a ship’s captain
•The swivel top was intended to keep the ink in the inkwell during travel across the rough ocean
•Inkwell measures 3 1/4″ wide at the base of the ink well, and 4″ tall from the base to the moving swivel top
•Solid Brass Antique Rep. Captain Inkwell Ships Brand New in Manufacturer’s Packaging