Honeysuckle Ink

For ink making in 2021, I wanted to experiment with plants and other materials I hadn’t tried before, one of which was honeysuckle berry. These cheery red berries show up in July and are everywhere on the borders of the woods and fields near where we live in upstate NY.

I was so busy with summer events and life that I decided to freeze the berries for ink making when I had the time. This weekend was it! Here are my results and notes.

The process was pretty easy. Just mash the berries in a fine mesh strainer, filter through cheese cloth, and add gum arabic.

Honeysuckle Ink 2021

I just love the color. The soft peachy pink tone is very subtle and pretty. I will put some uv spray on it and hope it lasts for a while.

Ink Notes:

  • Frozen berries when thawed have enough water in them that there was no need to add it for the right viscosity.The berry juice is not clear; it has a pulp that needs to be strained.
  • It takes a while for the ink to dry and it dries shiny.

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