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How to Make Your Own Ink

Basic Permanent Black Ink:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp gum arabic
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp lamp black (buy in a tube or make by holding a plate over a lit candle)

Mix egg yolk, gum arabic and honey in a small bowl. Add lamp black to make a thick paste. Store in a jar. To use, mix a little paste w/ a little water to make a fluid.

Prussian Blue Ink:
Dissolve Prussian Blue (available as laundry bluing) in water. Makes a rich blue ink.

Brown Ink:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4-5 teabags (or 4 tsp of loose tea)
  • 1 tsp gum arabic
Pour boiling water over the tea bags in a large bowl, add gum arabic. Steep for 15 minutes. Squeeze teabags to extract as much tannic acid as possible. Strain and allow to cool before bottling. Use with a paintbrush or quill pen, etc.
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