American Black Walnut Ink Botanical Ink Christmas gift Christmas gifting ideas Eco Friendly Living Foraging Gift Making ink at home Natural Ink Small Batch Production Sustainable Living Walnut Ink Zero-waste
The American black walnut has a high concentration of juglone, the compound which produces the dye pigments.
It is acid free, lightfast, stable, reliable and water soluble. The colour ranges from pale sepia, golden brown to dark brown. Unlike some natural inks, the colour strengthens with time.
Find out how to make this wonderful ink at home with foraged walnuts.
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