The Pioneering Force has grown strong in me, after experiencing the wonderful crafts at LA County Fair’s Heritage Square. We witnessed blacksmithing, broom making, felting, making rag rugs and rag dolls and more. So this week I will share how people made their own ink by using the juice of berries or the powder of roots and nuts when they couldn’t afford the pricy stuff. I will provide the salt (prevents mold) and vinegar (helps color-fasting) – but I ask that a few families please bring
3 cups of berries (2 cups if they are frozen); a lidded container to store your ink; and a small-holed strainer or sieve.
If you don’t have a strainer, you can share mine.
In relation to the vivid red Raspberries, scientists recently looking to increase the yield of solar power cells as well as make them more affordable, have found that raspberries might yield far more than juice. Check out the impressive SolaRaspberry connection from this online article.
Quill pens, another pioneering craft from the days of yore, would go well with this ink project. Some of you probably remember making quills from bird feathers with me last year. If you still have yours, do bring them with you, but I”m going simple and won’t be making any quills, but I will show you how to utilize sticks from the ground and fashion bamboo into instruments for art and writing if anyone brings some. But feel free to modify your feathers before Thursday with my Quill tutorial.
This image of the tree on the right was made entirely from berries collected and converted into ink. The trick for some is to keep the ink in a opaque container to prevent the sun from lightening the color.
And if I have extra time on my hands this week, I will demonstrate how to make paper with a few simple items: blender, a piece of screen, an empty picture frame (8×10 is perfect), water and recycled papers. But with these easy directions from www.Howtoons.com, you can beat me to the punch. Gratitude to Chloe for extra Photos!!!