Judi Pettite of Biohue created her Black Walnut Ink from the black walnuts in El Dorado County, CA. It creates a lovely cool brown color.
Black walnut ink is a dye based, watersoluble ink. Shake bottle gently. Pour desired amount into a shallow dish to use. Dipping a brush directly into bottle may promote mold growth. An all natural product, free of synthetic preservatives. Store in a cool, dark place. Use with dip pens and works best on paper. Its intended use is as a drawing medium. For instance, combine with gum arabic to create your own watercolors.
Judi started BioHue 2006. Engaged by the promise of artist colors from natural pigments, she’s been on the alchemical journey ever since. Judi forages, purchases or grows the materials for the art materials as mindfully and sustainably as possible. She makes her inks and watercolors from the fewest ingredients possible. Therefore, it allows the beauty and personality of the source material to come through. She also teaches workshops about ink-making.
Judi says: “I love foraging and cultivating for my natural inks and paints. If you’re looking to expand your palette, extracts may be the answer. I’ve developed a new line of inks in partnership with Botanical Colors and their extracts. The colors are lush and saturating. I keep the hues as true and clean as possible—so never any synthetic preservatives. I only use thyme or clove oil. Inks are water-based and made in small batches with care in Northern California.”
So expand your natural ink adventures! We recommend Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking by Jason Logan. In addition, we also recommend Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects by Babs Behan.