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Super granulating oak gall ink

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This oak gall ink is formulated with plenty of big particles and a rich and fine sediment for some super granulated affects. The delicate traceries and fine hairlines create dark web like clouds when used in washes. Notice the washes, which have deep fine lines at the edges, creating an almost three dimensional look. This ink, has a luminous quality due to the warm under tone contrasting with the deep ness of the black fine lines. Every piece of art created with this ink will be different!

It has a warm brown undertone and when used in a concentrated manner is a deep velvety black.

The last image seen in the gallery it can be seen as one of the colour searches to the middle left of the image.

It comes in a 40ml glass heavy bottom 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 Cambridgeshire and London, they contain locally sourced natural and organic materials. Each ink recipe has been meticulously 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.

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.

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. It would be very hard to find enough oak galls to cater for such vast amounts of ink. In contrast we champion the specificity of the origins of the ingredients for our inks.

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.


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