July 2018 Printable Calendar + Inky Experiments

  • Jul 2, 2018

Hello, 2018.5! 😜 Starting the second half of the year with church and family time, self-care Sunday, and an inky evening. I’ve been meaning to create a line of calligraphy and drawing inks for a while now. Took some time to source all the ingredients that I needed. After doing a lot of research on traditional ink recipes (some dating back to the 4th century!), I finally created my first batch of ink!

Gallnuts from oak trees, iron sulfate, gum arabic are the main ingredients for iron gall ink. The dark nibs are walnut shells to make walnut ink.

Stocked up on glass bottles with glass droppers.

The walnut ink is a beautiful sepia tone. The iron gall ink is amazing–it starts out as gray, and then watch it magically turn reddish before settling into a purplish-black.

I’m so in love with these colors!

After the ink dried, I tried painting water over it. Happy to see that these inks are waterproof! They were created using a traditional/ancient recipe, and are highly acidic, so they will work best with dipping pens and brushes, as they may damage steel parts of fountain pens.

Played with the ink to make this month’s printable calendar!


Click here to download the July 2018 Printable Calendar


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