Trying out inks.

making simple prints with organic waste from ink making process

making simple prints with organic waste from ink making process

Whilst still engaged in the process, I used the residue caught in the muslin through which I strained the mixture, to create some simple prints- just really to get some early idea of what I had achieved.

 

trying out willow bark, oak gall and willow broom inks

trying out willow bark, oak gall and willow broom inks

To make a more direct comparison I painted a circle of each of the inks onto watercolour paper. I have included also an ink made from a mixture I had been using for willow bark stain, though the iron seems to have had a strong impact in this mixture, with the red of the iron coming through.

I then used some stencils made from previous willow root drawings just to play around with inks and assess their potential. It feels quite satisfying to have made a material that I could potentially use. It is clear that the Oak has made a much darker ink, but then I have to remember that it was only after making it I fully appreciated that my mixtures were quite different in proportions and processed for slightly different amounts of time. I am happy that this had shown that there is potential in making the willow ink – areas with several layers of ink does seem to come up quite dark. I will have to adjust the amount of organic matter to water and the length of time that I process it. I also feel that it will be important to accurately record the amount of fluid, the weight of willow broom, etc in case I want to assess the outcomes accurately or reproduce what I make next time.

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