Over the past couple of days I have been making walnut ink. Why? I hear you ask (or not). I have taken up interest in Calligraphy again and whilst searching the web for online courses I came across a recipe for homemade walnut ink. Since I have an abundance of walnuts, courtesy of the neighbours tree over hanging our garden, I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe didn’t look too hard to follow. Just a bit long winded in making the stuff. My walnuts are English walnuts and not black walnuts as the recipe calls for. Here is the link for the recipe. http://www.marktablerart.com/5.html and here are my results.
From this large pan of liquid I acquired just over a litre of ink.
After several hours of boiling I did reduce the strained liquid in my cast iron pan so that the ink darkened further. I didn’t take a photo of that.
The writing results, not bad (still need a lot of practice on my calligraphy).
This stuff costs £8.36 for a 2.6oz bottle on Amazon UK and $7.99 in the USA. Why is it that you guys get cheaper stuff than we do. Huff! not fair.
I have been a bit quite lately from blogging but not from creating. I now have been accepted as a contributing Artist for Silhouette America. I create designs that are used on electronic cutting machines for personal or commercial use. So I’ve been busy designing for them, and finally earning some money from all my crafty efforts.
However, I’ve still managed to keep up with my Tangle pattern designing as I find it a welcome change from sitting in front of a computer all day, staring at the screen and becoming bugged eyed.
The new patterns are called ‘Votive’ and ‘U-Bend’. You can find the step by step guides on my tangle patterns pages.
I finally made it, a ‘How to’ video on how to make faux rhinestone embellishments for your card making or craft projects. This is my first video, there are few word errors, that’s because I was a bit nervous and my mouth runs faster than my brain:). Any way have a look and hope you like it.