About

Yes, you can get handmade walnut ink  here.  (Peat ink is still in the works, as is a comprehensive ink data sheet.) This is the ink I draw with every day.  It is all this and more:

  • Handmade: I make it in small batches, using a technique that has taken me years to perfect.  It’s not all that hard to make good ink, but it is time-consuming, and I’ve put in the time.
  • Natural: There is no denatured alcohol in this ink, nor petroleum.  I have purposely omitted both natural and synthetic additives and thereby preserved the color, transparency, surface tension and “feel” that only genuine walnut ink offers.
  • Warm: It’s a consistent, appealing, rich brown.  Its color is unsurpassed because it’s made from real walnuts.  The color of real walnut ink is the reason the fashion and textile industries name so many of their color selections “walnut.”
  • Modern: That’s right, modern.  No Old Master ever used this stuff–not Rembrandt, not Poussin, none of ’em.  All the Old Masters whose works are succumbing to iron-gall ink corrosion, however, envy you from their beds of sod when you draw with this ink. It won’t fade, and it won’t eat your paper.
  • Affordable: It costs less than $8 an ounce:  This compares favorably to mass-produced drawing inks sold in art-supply stores.  It ships within 48 hours, or if you live near Asheville, NC, you can pick it up for free.
  • Sustainable: It’s true.  Walnuts grow on trees.
  • Versatile: Use it with quill, reed, or steel pens; sable, bristle or sumi-e style brushes. It is also compatible with sanguine chalk and charcoal.

Black walnut ink in Mason jars

 

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