W/inc - Organic botanical inks hand-made with locally gathered sustainable plant materials, 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, sustainable ingredients and a lot of love. The raw materials are collected by Catherine, processed gently and left to mature and to extract the colours; when ready it's tested and the finished ink is then carefully bottled up and packaged by hand, often in recycled bottles so sizes vary - approx 15-20 ml. In fact - you get a little gift if you send me your favourite ink bottle to fill and re-label. 👌🏼 I can also give price reductions for supplying ingredients, such as acorns, galls and madder root.
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 hand gathered Welsh galls and local iron water.
Acorns and Rosemary is a pretty, deep plummy brown ink.
NEW: Hibiscus flower, a pretty 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 will vary. 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.
As seen on UK BBC CountryFile.
Read more about how I developed my ink: www.catlewis.com/slow-writing/
Order 3 and i’ll pop in a free sample of another for you to try 🙏🏻