Experiments

Adventures in making or trying new things.

Trying the Left

Through this post I learned a lot, not only about how to do calligraphy left handed, but just how many people I know who are left handed and WANT to learn how to do calligraphy. This week I decided to try it for myself. I rotated my work surface so my writing direction was top-down […]

First try at making walnut ink Part. 2

So I noticed that While I had soaked a bit of rusty iron in the ink, while cooking it down had started to make it darker, it would get even darker on the nib.  Mind you it wasn’t eating the nib any more than normal but I was getting black caking, which could be wiped […]

So this weekend I decided to try my hand at making walnut ink from some of the black walnuts that litter our block.  One of our neighbors has a tree or two that drops dozens of these things. I’ve read over several recipes and they all pretty much said the same thing.  The husks are most important.  […]