Collected Ink & Pigments Posts

  • Three recipes for Buckthorn Ink and one attempt

    Three recipes for Buckthorn Ink and one attempt

    The recipe I have attempted is from the Paduan Manuscript via Mary P. Merrifield’s Medieval and Renaissance Treatises on the Arts of Painting. (1999). I haven’t managed to get a workable-for-me version of the original manuscript source, but the Manuscript Miscellanea 992 contains recipes for all kind of colours, fine inks, and varnishes, gum arabic,…


  • Getting ready for more ink making

    Getting ready for more ink making

    There has been much much embarrassed clearing of throat after uncontrollable maniacal laughing in my house…. No, not really, but I am hugely enjoying finding myself back into pigment and ink making mode. I did find that the oak galls were harder to smash up than I remembered, maybe I’m more chill this time. (Pro…


  • Hawthorn Ink

    Hawthorn Ink

    I was all excited when I discovered hawthorn Ink was made in period thinking it was possibly the berries I’d need to use. When I looked it up I actually remembered that I had seen it before and had registered too late, then as now, that the ink is made from the wood just before…


  • An inkmaker’s kit

    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

    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!

    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…


  • Adventures in Pigmentation – AKA Never leave documentation til the last minute!!

    Adventures in Pigmentation – AKA Never leave documentation til the last minute!!

    This project was so much fun.  My eldest son came across me so many evenings cackling to myself half singing “this is soooo much fun” that I’m half surprised he didn’t raise the possibility the fumes were getting to me. It started when I was in the mountains picking  froacháns (bilberries) and, as usual, staining my…


  • Inks for sharing..

    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…