W/inc - Organic botanical inks hand-made in small batches in Wales. Using ancient methods and mainly locally gathered materials, this ink is very special. It's made with foraged & sustainable ingredients plus a lot of love. The raw materials are collected or bought from as local and ethical source as possible, processed gently and left to mature and to extract the colours; when ready it's tested and the finished ink is then bottled up and packaged in glass with a cork.
Winterberry has Mahonia (Oregon Grape) from Riverside, Walnuts from writer’s town Hay-on-Wye, warm scented cloves and cinnamon, and a dash of orange oil. It’s a dusky deep burgundy which oxidises and sometimes dries to a pretty mousy brown.
Walnut ink is made with both local Welsh nuts and from Mulberry founder Roger Saul's Sharpham Park Estate. It's a rich deep brown in its natural state and is also available treated with reclaimed iron from the Welsh valleys, to make a deeper brown/black.
Indigo and walnut is a deep blue black, made with natural Indigo powder from India and Welsh walnuts to add tannin and deepen the colour.
Oak Gall is made with sustainably gathered Welsh galls and local iron water.
Acorns and Rosemary is a pretty, deep plummy brown ink - rosemary is known to help memory.
Hibiscus and cinnamon, a pretty scented pinky ink that oxidises on certain materials to a dusky grey.
The inks are made following adapted ancient recipes that have been used for centuries, for ink used to make official documents such as the Magna Carta, American Declaration of Independence, etc... because ink made from natural tannin and iron is known to last for hundreds of years.
Each annual crop produces a limited supply of inks and and colours are seasonal.
It's a water based natural product and so it will settle with some sediment and needs a shake upon using. It is not suitable for fountain pens, but perfect for beautiful calligraphy, drawing,, dip pens and brush work.
A little discount applies if you send me your favourite ink bottle to fill and re-label.
I also give reductions for multiples and for supplying ingredients, such as acorns, mahonia berries, galls and madder root.
Read more about how I developed my ink: www.catlewis.com/slow-writing/
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