|~Channeling my inner medieval scribe~|
|Raw walnuts in a 5 pound bucket|
|My cooking set up in the garage|
|After 4 hours of simmering|
|Sampling the color after 4 hours|
Here's the basic recipe. It is the green outer hull around the walnuts that you use to make the die/ink. I left the bucket of them in the garage for a week, giving the walnuts a chance to brown up a bit. After that I pounded them with a stick to loosen the hulls off the nuts. Working with gloves on, I peeled the outer shells off and threw the inner shelled walnut on my compost pile for the squirrels. After putting the hulls in the cook pot, I covered them with plain water and brought it to a boil and then simmered it for four hours. Over night I turned off the burner and continued simmering for about another 3 hours the next day. I then strained and filtered the liquid through cheese cloth and added a bit of denatured alcohol to prevent mold growth in the future.
|Here's my final product!|