Chestnut Ink is part of our 10 year birthday celebration and collaboration with Judi Pettite of Biohue. We love Judi’s work! So we thought taking Botanical Colors’ most popular extracts and turning them into beautiful inks would be a perfect fit. Judi created an ink that yields light to mid range browns and has a natural sheen. She used our Chestnut extract, derived from carefully managed chestnut forests. The ink comes in a 1 ounce stoppered bottle.
Shake well before using. Use with dip pens and works best on paper. Its intended use is as a drawing medium or to combine with gum arabic to create your own watercolors.
Judi started BioHue in 2006 after falling in love with colors she was getting from plants. Since that time, she has foraged, purchased or grown the materials for her art as mindfully as possible. She makes her inks and watercolors intentionally from the fewest ingredients possible. This minimalist approach also allows the personality of the plant to come through.
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—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.”
Did you see our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY exploring natural dye inks with Judi Pettite of Biohue? Watch the recording here.
So expand your natural dye ink adventures by purchasing Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking by Jason Logan and Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects by Babs Behan.