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I almost didn't post as I don't have too much to share this week. I did allot of reading about botanical inks both online and in the book Make Ink. There are several different but similar ways to "brew" up the inks-so I think you just have to have fun with it and see what happens.
Along the way I found out about botanical watercolor paints made from flower petals here This was so interesting I will need to try it. I wanted to make turmeric ink but sounds like it could be a real mess as it stains. I have found recipes for alcohol or water based but I think I will pass on this one. I have read that dyer's coreopsis flower petals will make a pretty orange ink, and dandelions, marigolds, and daffodils will make yellow ink-I will try those this spring-article found here about how to make these. I was surprised how many blog posts are out there online sharing how to's for making these botanical inks. I also ran into artists making their own botanical paints.
I mailed out a few slow mail letters Friday and Saturday with my blackberry ink. Fun to write with for sure-It wrote as a light pink but as it dried it changed colors to a soft purple. Fun!
Sigh-- I am not happy with my newest glass dip pen I picked up on amazon. The nib is not as fine as the one that broke. It does take the black walnut ink and India ink pretty well but not the blackberry ink.
I took the name off the box of the glass ink pen that broke and for the heck of it did a search at Amazon-and found it! Several different colors to choose from and half the price-$9.00. At check out said they were on sale for $4.00-wow that makes me happy-this one has a finer nib that is nicer to write with. I should go back and buy another one for that price lol.
I have lots of small canning jars but none of them are quite right for ink bottles. So I broke down and found 4 ounce narrow bottles that I think will work much better for the inks with screw on lids.
I haven't been feeling well since mid December, I can't seem to get warm, my b/p is a bit high for me too, and my chest is still tight and congested and my temperature is running around 95.6. My normal temperature is 97.6 so don't know if that lower number is a concern or not. I can't get in at all to our family doctor-sigh so last Friday I remembered there is a brand new health-dental clinic that opened up last year near us-so I thought I would call them. They can get me in but the doctor was going on vacation for a week so I will need to wait another week. I do feel better at being able to get an appointment at least-never in my life have I ever had a problem getting in to see a doctor when I needed one.
My drink share the week is hot cocoa-I still have cocoa mix I made last year and mini marshmallows-so perfect to warm me up I kinda got it too hot in the microwave so it spilled over, made a bit of a mess too on the sides of my cup.
The smaller birds are really loving the new bird feeder-so far the squirrels have not bothered it during the day-I do bring it in every night as we have raccoons here too who would destroy it on me. The downy woodpeckers love this small seed too
and a little practice with blackberry ink and Winsor Newton watercolor inks This was playing around from the book I have been using again-the purples are the blackberry ink
Happy T and have a good new week