This step by step tutorial of how to make black walnut ink craft project is a great way to use nature’s gift to create art supplies.
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It is a photo tutorial of how to make walnut ink very easily. This special kind of ink was used by artists of centuries past, such as Leo de Vinci and Rembrandt. Walnut ink is made from the green shell that holds the nut from the black walnut tree, Juglans nigra.
As explained, by taking a walnut nut from their native tree, they are placed in a pot of water that softens the shell and they rot from their green exterior to black. Then, as the tutorial notes, take out the nuts and find them to the squirrels, since they are not part of the ink-making process.
Heat the water and place the rotten and blackened shells for a few hours; the picture looks like black bean soup, but that’s how it works. Next, put the remnants in a muslin bag and squeeze out all of the liquid, which has now converted to ink.
Test to see if it’s dark enough; to make it dark, have it boil longer in the pot. If it is good, put it in a jar and rubbing alcohol to preserve.
It is homemade ink to use for any art, specifically calligraphy, being done with this special ink. It should be noted, however, that if stained on the skin, the walnut ink will remain on the skin as it is impossible to clean off.
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