How to Make Yellow Ink

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You can make yellow ink by combining a couple of common household items. Colorful inks can be derived from naturally occurring pigments. The deep golden color of ground turmeric spice creates an ink with a bright yellow hue that has the ability to glow under ultraviolet light. Fully mixing and filtering the natural ink gives it a more even yellow color. Save money on art supplies and give your colors a personal touch by making your own bright yellow turmeric ink.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 5 tbsp. isopropyl alcohol (91 percent)
  • 1 small glass marble
  • 2 empty baby food jars with lids
  • Small cone coffee filter (#4)
  • Add the turmeric, alcohol and marble to a small baby food jar before securing the lid carefully. Use stale turmeric that was ground more than six months ago to reduce the smell of the ink.

  • Shake the baby food jar vigorously for 20 seconds to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Allow the mixture to rest inside the sealed jar for a couple of hours.

  • Insert the narrow end of a coffee filter cone into the opening of a second baby food jar.

  • Pour the turmeric and alcohol mixture into the coffee funnel slowly so that the level of liquid in the cone does not rise above the rim of the jar's opening.

  • Seal the jar of filtered yellow ink until you are ready to apply it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shine a UV light on the jar of yellow ink in a dark room to see it glow brightly.
  • Alcohol ink is flammable and should always be made and used away from open flames and high heat.

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  • Photo Credit various spice bowls image by Martin Garnham from Fotolia.com
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