Sunday, 21 October 2012

Ink Recipes from the Renaissance. Now on pebbles.


From A Booke of Secrets (1596)

an ink recipe:

Take halfe a pint of water, a pint wanting a quarter of wine, and as much vineger, which being mixed together make a quart & a quarter of a pint more, then take six ounces of gauls beaten into small pouder, and sifted through a siue, put this pouder into a pot by it selfe, and poure halfe the water, wine, and vineger into it, take likewise foure ounces of victriall, and beat it into a pouder, and put it also in a pot by it selfe, whereinto put a quarter of the wine, water, & vineger that remaineth, and to the other quarter, put foure ounces of gum Arabike beaten to a pouder, that done, couer the trhee pots close, and let them stand three or foure daies together, stirring them euery day three or foure tiems, on the first day set the pot with gaules on the fire, and when it begins to seeth, stir it about till it be thoroughly warme, then straine it through a cloath into another pot, and mixe it with the other two pots, stirring them well together, and being couered, then let it stand three daies, till thoroughly warme, then straine it through a cloath into another pot, and mixe it with the other two pots, stirring them well together, and being couered, then let it stand three daies, till thou meanest to vse it, on the fourth day, when it is setled, poure it out, and ti will be good inke.

The recipe above is more complicated in its execution than others in the same book. However, the main ingredients remain constant: iron galls, vitriol and Arabic gum mixed with either water or wine. Typewritten on thin tissue paper these inky instructions became part of the flat Scottish pebble which Inklinks collected in the summer from the north coasts of the Highlands. The last "ink recipe" pebble was adorned with the word "Inks" from Stephens Inks. This one carries ink graphics of Waterman Washable Blue ink which is part of Inklinks growing vintage ink collection.


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The pebble paperweights Ink Recipe range will continue growing as more recipes and more iconic ink graphics will be added. Find more paperweights in the shop.

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