Buckthorn for inks and pigments

I have been trying for quite some time to find Buckthorn berries in the wild. It’s surprisingly difficult. When I started in the SCA first, or rather, when I decided ink making was for me having found the SCA, I found the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library’ pamphlet…

An inkmaker’s kit

Some time ago I signed up to help out at an Eplaheimr demo in Loughrea, at the Medieval festival ( ‘Echoes of our Past’ – in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.) there. The brief was to bring something as a sample of what I do that I…

The Oak Gall’s connected to the Oak twig

I’ve mentioned before, I think, that as a kid I had known oak galls as oak apples.  Turns out I was partially right.  They’re one type of oak gall and not even the one I was associating with the name.  I’ve been doing a little research into my favourite ink making ingredient (as every good…

Ink Making for all!

Some time ago there was a plot where I would go to Yule Ball and Kingdom University and there Mistress Genevieve Rouge Maunche and I would teach a class on making ink.  In the mean time various things conspired against my attendance (mostly very good things, mind) but we plotted some more, class notes were written and…

Inks for sharing..

I recently attended Court of Love, this year without any specific job to do which I enjoyed.  I got to see what it was like to attend an event without worrying about anything at all, just enjoying the activities and talking to people.  I had a spectacular multi-day migraine in the run up to the…