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Black Walnut Ink

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Black Walnut Ink

10.00

3.75 ounces of Black Walnut Ink.

I made this ink after seeing the sketchbook of a friend of mine, Stephen Haws. The color of the ink was beautiful and gave the drawings a wonderful warmth. One of the things I love about the ink is that it isn't too perfect. You get beautiful organic variations in the way the ink lays on the paper. More so than with most mass produced inks. 

This ink is intended for dip pens and brushes. It will clog fountain pens so please do not attempt.

Black walnut ink isn't black, but a rich brown. It is made from the husks of black walnuts. The husks are gathered in the fall as they drop from the tree and then allowed to soak and rot in a tub of water. Once they have turned a deep black the slurry is boiled and reduced and strained until a fine smooth ink remains.

I add in three cloves to add to the aroma and help preserve the ink. Black walnut ink has a deep, earthy smell like mulch or compost. 

When watered down, the ink creates warm washes useful for tinting paper. I like to tint my paper with a subtle wash and then do charcoal and white chalk or ink drawings on top of the wash.

Black walnut Ink is an organic ink and may mold. If it does, you can just scoop it out with a toothpick or q-tip. The mold sticks together and usually comes out like pudding skin. Gross, but useful.

** for international orders - I understand the pain of shipping costs overseas. I will refund the difference when you place your order and ship to you in the most cost effective way to ease the expense. Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions: fineart@howardlyon.com

*** Thank you to Greg Newbold for supplying a massive amount of stinky, maggoty, black walnuts. I love them so.

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