Judi Pettite of Biohue created her Eucalyptus ink from the bark of the ironwood eucalyptus tree in Pittsburg, California. It creates an orangey to reddish brown. However, the color depends on the kind of paper one uses. The dried Eucalyptus ink has a sheen to it, especially when applied thickly. 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 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. The inks and watercolors are made 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 also recommend 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