Many items that are found in nature can be used for art or a functional purpose. The components found in trees and other plants are the basis for many synthetic products on store shelves. Certain walnuts, for example, are used to make dyes and even can be converted into an ink. You will need black walnuts to make a basic black ink that is fade-proof. The process to make black walnut ink is easy to do at home.
The first step to make black walnut ink is to find a source of black walnuts. You may find these in your yard or on a friend or family member’s property. The amount of black walnuts you need for this project is about 35 to 40. Black walnuts may also be found in a local park or other areas. Most people may not enjoy seeing them on the ground. This means you might be able to collect enough to produce a black walnut ink without too much trouble.
One important detail to know about black walnuts is the outer hull is actually green. They will begin to turn black as they ripen or are allowed to ferment. This is crucial as you want the outer hull to be black to make a batch of black walnut ink. The nut of this fruit is not needed for this project. Put on gloves to handle your walnuts as you do not want a black walnut ink stain on your skin as it will be hard to remove.
Heat is needed to make a black walnut ink. You are essentially boiling the walnuts to extract the water to turn into ink. The smell that is produced when boiling walnuts is a little strong. Open the windows first or do this project outside. Jars or other containers will also be necessary for your ink once it is ready.
Instructions to make black walnut ink are found on hyougrowgirl.com here…