Walnut Husk Ink Revisited

9 Mar

I’ve updated this post about the time I made some walnut ink



It’s been about a year since I wrote this post when I made a batch of walnut ink. I’ve been using it regularly and it’s delicious, silky, smooth and rich. It seems to be lightfast, no signs of fading on any of the pieces, although I’ve been careful to use best quality acid-free paper like Fabriano and Saunders.


Here’s the most recent drawing, in carbon and white conte crayon overlaid onto a background of walnut ink.


So today I finally finished the walnut ink I started a couple of weeks ago. A friend gave me 4 fresh walnuts (juglans regia) in their husks. I peeled them and left the husks to stand in a basin of water for about a week and a half. They went very black and mushy. I put the basin, covered with tin foil,  into a slow cooker with hot water coming up to half…

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9 Responses to “Walnut Husk Ink Revisited”


  1. The Sticky One | scribblah - August 15, 2021

    […] sketches I did at Rosehill Quarry yesterday during the labyrinth refurbishment. I had some of my home-made walnut ink with me but no nib pens, so I rooted around on the ground for a bit of stick and used that instead. […]

  2. Cockling The Labyrinth | scribblah - August 14, 2021

    […] Back in 1987, the Rosehill Quarry Project was turning an overgrown disused quarry on the outskirts of Swansea’s city centre into a nature reserve and community park. One of the things that was built there was a Cretan labyrinth. It was cut into the turf, revealing the red ash surface of the old tennis courts and filled with cockle shells, a by-product of the local shellfish industry in nearby Penclawdd. Every summer local people and labyrinth enthusiasts meet up to recut the edges of the labyrinth’s path and lay down new cockle shells. The drawing shows a stylised sketch of the labyrinth with Dewi Bowen sitting on a seat looking on. I drew with conte crayons onto paper that I had prepared with my home made walnut ink. […]

  3. Prepping Paper | scribblah - October 21, 2020

    […] stretch some of it on the wall, seal it with acrylic gesso and then colour it with some of my home-made walnut ink. And why […]

  4. Bitterns And Stripes | scribblah - July 8, 2019

    […] used my Issabey brushes and my home-made walnut ink into a Khadi sketchbook, using the double spread. I focussed on the shape of the group, doing a […]

  5. Home Made Inks | scribblah - June 1, 2019

    […] of it huge- and using her own home-made oak gall ink. It’s similar in colour and texture to my home-made walnut ink. Both inks are permanent and according to Sarah, oak-gall ink was used to write the Magna Carta and […]

  6. Like Liquid Silk | scribblah - May 30, 2019

    […] of the River Tawe and today I worked on a very large piece of vintage Waterford paper with my own home-made walnut ink and some Isabey […]

  7. Moving Along | scribblah - October 20, 2018

    […] for the commission, working it up onto a large sheet of Waterford watercolour paper with my own home-made walnut ink and some watercolour paint. I’m still in the early stages, each time I redraw my ideas, the […]

  8. Letting Go Of The Comfort Blanket | scribblah - April 3, 2016

    […] started ripping up big-ish pieces of Fabriano paper and daubing, sponging, painting them with my home-made walnut ink without reference to the real world, photos or drawings. I’m relying on the feelings, […]

  9. The Quoit Of The King | scribblah - March 29, 2016

    […] carbon and white conte crayon onto Fabriano Accademica paper that I had prepared with my home-made walnut ink. This is now for sale in my Artfinder gallery, please click here to see more images of […]

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