London Oak Gall Ink
This ink is a genuine oak gall ink made from oak galls collected from London. This particular version of oak gall ink is good for drawing with a dip pen or brush for fine intensely dark lines. Add water to create granulating affects when used in a wash. (See last inmate for this affect)
It comes in a 40ml glass bottle with cork and wax seal.
Our inks are hand-made in England to 17th, 18th century and medieval recipes. Made in small batches and processed in London, they contain locally sourced natural and organic materials. Each ink recipe has been researched from primary and secondary resources and the resulting ink is a culmination of many hours of experimenting and fine tuning. Many ancient weights and measures do not have corresponding modern equivalents so often scholarly articles are utilised to ascertain these vernacular quantities to the highest accuracy possible.
BRITISH CRAFT TRADITION
This collection of inks is a unique offering of time-honoured tradition from British history. Each ink is a true historical recipe faithfully recreated and in some was resurrected, using traditional methods and materials. Colours from bygone eras are once more revealed.
INDUSTRIAL INK PRODUCTION
Modern inks typically use synthetically produced chemicals that can sometimes be toxic, often harmful for the user and the environment. Artificial colour enhancers once added, can shorten the life of the ink both in storage and on paper. Our inks use naturally occurring organic ingredients. Tannic acid in oak galls give the ink its intense dark colour, and in commercial inks this is synthetically made in industrial quantities. In contrast we champion the specificity of the origins of the ingredients for our inks.
NATURAL INK MAKING PROCESS
Natural variations in raw materials due to seasonal changes do attribute to slight colour variations. Therefore, different batches of ink are blended to allow for consistency. These seasonal variations that create colour nuances add a sense of the rarefied experience and allow artists to appreciate singular moments in time. This ‘slow craft tradition’ is important in continuing Britain’s unique cultural traditions.