The production of ink has been practiced as a hobby for hundreds of years. Though the practice originated from a necessity to produce quality inks for personal use, many individuals continue to make their own ink for hobby or artistic purposes. Permanent ink is designed to mark on most surfaces and prevent easy removal. While there are a variety of ink types available on the market, you can prepare your own using a few common household items.
Things You'll Need
- 4-6 walnut hulls
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vinegar
Place the walnut hulls into an empty bag. Strike the bagged shells repeatedly with a hammer until broken into small, pebble-sized pieces.
Place the crushed walnut hulls into a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil using medium heat. Allow this mixture to simmer until the water becomes dark. This will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the salt and vinegar to the mixture, and allow to simmer for five more minutes.
Strain the ink into a jar using a piece of cheesecloth as a filter. Allow the ink to cool before using.