This is a truly handmade, naturally sourced writing ink. I have been making my own ink for many years for use in my work an Historical Interpreter, reproducing documents for educational use from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The ingredients are the same as those used in the medieval European inks that were in use from the 12th century until the middle of the 19th century.
Oak Galls. Sometimes called Iron Galls or Oak Apples, from my own garden. Copperas. The iron-rich waste product of the ancient wool-dyers. Gum Arabic. The harvested and sun-dried sap of the Acacia Tree. Pure Rainwater. Collected in the heights of the Brecon Beacons and stored for six weeks, in the time-honoured fashion. Clove. Acts as a natural preservative to give the ink a long shelf life.
My recipe is an adaptation of several medieval recipes and results in a purple-black ink when first laid to paper. The ink begins to darken immediately upon use due to the oxidisation of the iron and will continue to darken as it dries. The result is a rustic-looking, deep black script that is very pleasing to the eye. This process takes patience, attention to detail, and a deep love of the craft. The script will remain perfectly legible for centuries if the manuscript is stored correctly.
This ink is freshly made (6th June 2018) and it will improve even more in the bottle over time.
This ink is also the prefered writing medium for wiccans and occultists.
This ink is best used with quill or reed pens but is not suitable for fountain pens.