Natural Ink Making

Originally published at: Natural Ink Making – The Claremont MakerSpace


Before the mid-19th century, dyes and paints were made from plant and mineral (and occasionally animal!) sources. Discover the world of natural color in our landscape, as we discuss historical ink-making, and learn to make a permanent black ink from easily accessible natural materials.

We will discuss the chemistry behind iron-tannin inks, the most widely used ink historically, and create our own indelible drawing and writing inks from pomegranate skins. Students will develop skills for identifying tannin sources in the environment, and be able to take this knowledge with them to continue to explore natural color sources. No previous experience necessary, this class is suitable for older teens and adults.

Note – Registration closes 3/30/2021!

This class will be presented free via Zoom and will occur on April 8th at 6 PM. Register here.


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Happy Makin,’

The Claremont MakerSpace Team