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“What are you cooking?” My boyfriend asked. “I’m making some berry inks, of course!” I answered.

Cooking inks 02

Cooking the berries and the leaves to extract the colour for the inks. I’ve added a bit of vinegar to stabilize the colour, which might slow down the colour fading too.

inks and testing 01

Testing of inks and left over pulp on paper

Medlar berries 03

Can’t find which berry this is. Anyone?

Elder berries 02

Elderberry

Dried brown plant 01

Dried brown plant of unknown name. Do you know it?

Blueberries 09

Blackberry

Purple Loosestrife 01

Purple Loosestrife

Thistle seeds 02

Thistle seeds

Thistle seeds 03

Thistle seeds

Sample of berry inks 01

Here you can see how different the colours look compared to the testing on the image higher up. The blackberry changed much darker and the top line with elderberry darkened but kept its red accents. The yellow tea like stains are from on the right mixed leaves and on the left a random mix.

Mixed leaves 01

Mixed leaf selection

Inks 03

Now I need to use the inks, more about that soon, cheers!

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