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Old 10-08-2008, 08:32 AM
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Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Last autumn I made a batch of homemade walnut ink (http://markgodofthunder.blogspot.com...lnut-ink.html), but I was somewhat frustrated with my inability to find any information on the Internet regarding how lightfast it is. Many sources said that it was lightfast; some said that it exhibited a small amount of fading over time, but the fading enhanced the color and look of it; other sources simply referred to it as fugitive.

So I decided to run my own simple test. I painted smears of the ink on some printer paper, blocked off areas of the smears, and sat the paper on my car dashboard. It remained on my dashboard, exposed to the sunlight, from November 6, 2007 until March 26, 2008. Then I took if off the dash and photographed it.

Iím pretty satisfied with it. It exhibited a little fading in the exposed spots, but itís actually very hard to tell. If I hadnít marked off the exposed areas with a pencil, I donít think Iíd be able to tell the exposed areas from the covered areas.

4 months and 20 days might not be long enough to be sure, but I think that itís pretty good evidence that it wonít fade an awful lot. I feel better about using it now.

Iíve done some sketches and drawings with it, and Iím pretty happy with how they look (I posted a few here last Fall, but nothing recently until now.) Here are a few.

Iíd love to hear any comments on the drawings belowóharsh criticisms are very welcome!

(Iíll try to post pics below)
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:36 AM
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Here's a house I finished this past weekend. I cheated a little: there's a small amount of white acrylic paint and some .005 black Pigma Micron marker in it to sharpen a few details.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:42 AM
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

...and here is one from a couple of months ago.

These were done with dip pens and brushes. Both are 6 x 9 inches on bristol paper.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:31 AM
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

This is one that I did over several lunchbreaks. It's a lot rougher in that I spent much less time trying to get the lines straight and the proportions accurate, but I like the feel. It's a tiny bit smaller than the other two.
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Wow those are really COOL!

I just might have to try that!
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Beautiful Love the sepia tone you achieved...kinda makes me feel bad about all those damn walnuts I picked up and threw out last month! How do you make the ink? Again these are gorgeous
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:17 AM
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Beautiful, just beautiful.......
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

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How do you make the ink?
LeAnn

I just realized that the link I posted in the OP has a superfluous parenthesis. Here is the corrected link to my blog post on how I made the ink.
http://markgodofthunder.blogspot.com...alnut-ink.html

It's basically a matter of gathering the yucky, rotting walnuts off the ground, boiling them whole in a big pot, and straining out the chunks. The liquid you get is ink. I found the process a little messy but lots of fun!

Thanks for the comments and compliments.
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Man I have to say I just didn't make a KEY connection when I first read this....

I could do this Today!
How does having that Dirty, messy tree, that drops BOMBS on my House and Garage, makes squirrels dig up my backyard...Slip my Mind.

Bwahahahahahaha


I'll be collecting them today.

How many Walnuts to How much water did you use starting out?
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

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How many Walnuts to How much water did you use starting out?

Hmm, there really isn't an exact amount. I'd say just get as many walnuts as you can crammed into a big pot without risk of it boiling over, and then add enough water to cover the walnuts.

Use black, rotting walnuts, and crush or break them up. You can do that before adding them to the pot, or break them up with a spoon while they boil.

I don't have any formula stating how many walnuts = how much ink.
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

I'm going to have to go small with this.

I don't have a BIG pot to try it in and don't know if I'd really want that much ink anyway.

Thanks for putting up the Blog post, I'm gonna for sure try this today.
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They're nice looking - but think will stick to the sepia from the bottle... less trouble that way...
[or antelope even]
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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Very well done and I really like the walnut ink effect....
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Beautiful, beautiful work -- your Sepia ink and workmanship is superb. Looking VERY forward to seeing more.

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Re: Walnut ink lightfastness test and some drawings

Cool. LOVE the architecture.
I remember my Dad making walnut ink... that's about the time that certain pots and pans were permannently designated as 'his'.
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