W/inc - Organic ink hand-made with locally gathered sustainable plant materials. As seen on UK BBC CountryFile. Small batch produced in Wales by artist ink-maker Catherine Lewis, using ancient methods and locally gathered materials, this ink is very special. It's made with only natural ingredients and a lot of love. The raw materials are processed cold and left to mature and to extract the colours; when ready it's processed, tested and the finished ink is then carefully bottled up by hand and packaged by hand, with a special poem for each ink.
Walnut ink is made with Mulberry founder Roger Saul's Sharpham Park Estate walnut hulls. 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 is a deep blue black, made with natural Indigo and Welsh walnuts.
Oak Gall ink is made with carefully hand collected UK oak galls and local iron.
Welsh acorns and garden Rosemary is new for this autumn: a deep plummy ink.
NEW: Hibiscus flower, a pretty pinky ink that oxidises on certain materials to a dusky grey.
The inks are made to ancient traditional recipes that have been used for centuries for 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 - it is still used for the writing of Acts of Parliament!
Each annual crop produces a limited supply and colours will vary. It is a natural product and so it will settle with some sediment. It is not suitable for fountain pens, but perfect for beautiful calligraphy, drawing, dip pens and brush work.
Read more about how I developed my ink: www.catlewis.com/slow-writing/