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How to Make Ink Using Petals

Flower petals have been used as colorants for centuries. The ink can also be made from the flower petals with some specific ingredients that are available in most drugstores. The ink can be used for drawing or as a pigment to paint a canvas or wood.

You will need Flower petals Mineral spirits Mineral oil Flaxseed A mortar and a pistil A glass container or a palette 1 Collect the flower petals in advance and dry them thoroughly. The color of the ink will depend on the color of the dry petals, so experiment with different types and colors. To dry the petals, place them lying on paper towels in a dry, sunny place.

Once the petals are dry, set them in the mortar with the pistil until they are a fine powder. Place the petal powder in a glass bowl or artistic mixing paddle. You can make the amount of pigment that you want and this depends on the amount of petals that you use. Start with a small amount, like two tablespoons of petal powder, to start and add more pigment if you need it.

3 Add to the petals a small amount of mineral spirits, enough to moisten and liquefy. Mix them thoroughly and then add flaxseed oil until the pigment gets the desired consistency. To make ink you will need a pigment lighter than paint.

Tips and Warnings

How to Make Plant Ink

You do not need to depend on the stationery industry for ink when you can easily make your own. In fact, going back to the time people made their own ink for writing or for art, can save you a lot of money. The ink of the plants can be vibrant and permanent. By using leaves, petals and fruits, you can create a product that will work for rubber stamps, for calligraphy and even for writing with your favorite fountain pen.

Difficulty level: Moderately easy

You will need Sharp Knife
Paper Dishes
A Pan
A Stove
A Shelves
A Metal Strainer
A Bowl of Salt
Baby food jars

Choose the plants you will use to make your homemade ink. Keep in mind that the brighter the colors of the plant you use, the more intense the color of the ink.

Take the cutting board and finely chop the plants with a sharp knife. Divide the plants into different paper plates according to their color. For example, keep the green leaves separate from blackberries or purple flower petals.

Place one of the plant clusters in a pan. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the plants. Bring the mixture to a boil over the stove, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Remove the pan from the heat and put it on a pan to cool it down. Place a metal strainer over a bowl and pour the solution of the plants into it, allowing the colored ink to flow into the bowl.

Follow the same procedure with the other colored plants. Store the ink in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it. Tips and Warnings
Wear a pair of rubber gloves when you prepare the ink to avoid staining your hands. The process of making plant ink can be very dirty. Be sure to cover the countertops and top of the table with newsprint or table cloths before beginning.
Be sure to seal the ink bottles after use so that they do not dry out. You can use tea, coffee, chopped beet, chopped chard, chopped tomatoes, mustard seeds, turmeric seeds, etc.

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