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    Walnut Ink

    Walnut ink is made from the husks of walnuts, specifically from the green outer husk of the walnut fruit. It has been used for centuries, especially during the medieval and Renaissance periods, due to its accessibility, ease of production, and durability.

    What is Walnut Ink Made From

    • The ink is derived from the green outer husks of walnuts, which contain tannins that are key to the ink-making process.
    • Walnut ink has a rich brown colour that darkens over time. It is valued for its warm, earthy tone and its ability to produce fine lines and shading.

    FelinFach Walnut Ink

    All of our inks are handmade in small batches using natural botanical dye. Our Walnut ink is mademade using Walnut husks, distilled water, gum Arabic, and essential oil. It is available in different sized bottles with screw top lids and a pipettes, for use with dip pens and brushes.


    Walnut Ink - Botanical Inks, handmade natural inks
    Walnut Ink - Botanical inks, handmade natural inks, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...


    Historical Importance of Walnut Ink

    • Walnuts were widely available across Europe and other parts of the world, making walnut ink an accessible and cost-effective option for scribes, artists, and clerks.
    • The tannins in walnut ink make it relatively resistant to fading and water damage, ensuring the longevity of written documents. This durability was crucial for preserving important texts.
    • It was used in a variety of applications, from illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy to everyday writing and official documents.

    Use in Historical Documents

    • Medieval Manuscripts - Walnut ink was commonly used by medieval scribes for copying texts, illustrating manuscripts, and producing religious documents. The ink’s ability to hold up over time made it ideal for preserving religious and scholarly works.
    • Renaissance Art and Writing - Artists of the Renaissance period, such as Leonardo da Vinci, used walnut ink for drawing and writing. Its ability to produce fine, controlled lines made it a favorite among artists for detailed sketches and notes.
    • Official Documents - Due to its permanence, walnut ink was often used in official records, legal documents, and correspondence. This ensured that important communications and records remained legible over centuries.
    • Maps and Scientific Drawings - Explorers and scientists used walnut ink for creating maps and scientific drawings, appreciating its ability to produce clear, precise lines that stood the test of time.

    Conservation and Modern Use

    • Conservation -Today, experts studying historical documents and artworks often encounter walnut ink. Understanding its properties helps in the preservation and restoration of these artifacts.
    • Modern Reproduction - Artists and calligraphers continue to use walnut ink for its historical authenticity and unique aesthetic qualities. It is favoured in modern calligraphy and artistic projects that seek to replicate historical techniques.

    In summary, walnut ink has played a significant role in the creation and preservation of historical documents due to its accessibility, durability, and aesthetic qualities. Its use by scribes, artists, and officials helped ensure the longevity of many important texts and artworks that remain valuable cultural artifacts today.

    Walnut Ink - Botanical Inks, handmade natural inks
    Walnut Ink - Botanical inks, handmade natural inks, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...



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    Last updated 9th June 2024

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