Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Making Black Walnut Dye and Ink
My wonderful neighbor gave me a large bucket of black walnuts yesterday so today I went right to work on them making dye and ink. It will be a 2 day process. Today I separated the nuts from the hugs and boiled the hulls down into a lovely dye and tomorrow I will continue to boil them down into a more concentrated ink tomorrow.
Getting set up this morning to remove the hulls from the black walnuts
Cutting away the hulls. The hulls are the part I will use to make the dye and the ink
Separating the hulls from the black walnuts
I boiled them for about 6 hours today. I will strain some of this and use it for a fabric dye. I will boil the remaining liquid again tomorrow to reduce it into a thicker, dark ink for using with calligraphy pens on paper.
When Don came home from work I was still boiling my post of black gold
Early on, before the dye got really black and inky, I threw some old crocheted lace into the pot to check the color
I tied up some of the nuts in a piece of cotton and threw that in the pot too.
The color looks much lighter in the photo for some reason. It is much deeper and richer in person. I will have to try taking another photo tomorrow.
I was pretty tired at this point but I wanted to try it out with various pen nibs. I can't wait until it is further reduced and I can play around with it some more.