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Black Walnut Ink

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  • A natural ink extracted from the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra), well known for it's beautiful timber and edible nuts. In Autumn, when the nuts fall from the tree, they are surrounded by a leathery fruit that is usually discarded during collection of the nut inside. For centuries, these have been collected to produce a traditional dark brown, fade-resistant ink. It has been used throughout history, probably most famously by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt. We hand-collect the Walnut fruits in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia. 
    • Dark, warm brown
    • Matte to semi-gloss finish (depending on paper)
    • UV resistant 
    • Can be thinned with water
    • Can be thickened with Gum Arabic
    • Available in three sizes (20mL, 40mL and 100mL)

    Please note that although Walnut ink is quite stable, in general, natural dyes can be less predictable than synthetic dyes. They may fade, intensify, change colour, change consistency and change other characteristics when mixed, or when used on different surfaces and paper types. We think this is one of the attractions of natural dyes - enjoy experimenting, and enjoy the natural variations you may find! If you'd like a trial pack of natural inks to test, please visit the Ink section of our website and look for 'Natural Ink Tester'.

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