How to Make Ink for Fountain Pens – Fountain pens are signs of good calligraphy. They belong to a time when calligraphy was a reflection of their character. Today, few people use them, usually because they prefer the soft writing that results from them. Inside the fountain pen is a plastic cartridge that can be refilled with the ink of your choice, even homemade ink. Here are some ideas.
How to Make Ink for Fountain Pens
- Mix two tablespoons of blue dye to four tablespoons of water to make a dark blue paint. Mix well and store in a small glass. This ink will have a beautiful shade of blue.
- Create your own dark brown paint by boiling five or six black tea bags in half a cup of water, until only a quarter cup remains. Add a teaspoon of gum arabic (which will serve to leave the color suspended in the liquid) and stir well. Store in a small glass. Your fountain pen will produce an old-fashioned writing.
- Make your own purple paint by boiling a quarter cup of grape juice in a small pot and adding two teaspoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. Stir until salt is dissolved, remove from heat, cool and store. The vinegar will serve to determine the color and the salt will prevent the growth of bacteria in your pen.
- To add the color red to your palette, cut a raw beet into 0.6 cm slices and place them in a small pan with a half cup of water. Let it boil for 15 minutes or until the slices are tender. Remove the liquid, add a tablespoon of vinegar, cool and save. The ink produced will have a deep shade of red, useful for writing important notes.
- You can also make your own invisible paint, a recipe very easy and adored by children. Mix well equal parts of baking soda and water and inject the mixture into the cartridge. You will not be able to see anything written in ink. Let the paper dry and hold it by a heat source to reveal the message.
Tips & Warnings
- The easiest way to inject the ink into the fountain pen cartridge is through a syringe.
- These paints will stain even though they are made from common ingredients.