How to make pigments + suggested plants –> color combinations: http://forgottenknowledge.net/2011/04/natural-pigments/
Ferns with tannic acid: all wood/male ferns–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryopteris
tannic acid is found in these ferns’ rhizomes
http://home.insightbb.com/~denevell_books/ferrogallic_ink.htm (at the bottom of the page)
how to quickly make rust
For tannic acid:
Blue black color: oak, chestnut, sumac, mountain ash, and cherry trees
Green color: Hemlock and pine trees (can also collect from mimosa, birch, quebracho, and alder)
For iron sulfate:
Iron scraps, nails, etc.
Bricks, colored glass, pottery, rust scrapings
Can also experiment with berries (see tannic acid above)
— Anything that can be pulverized, is insoluble (so it won’t react negatively to the binder), and free of organic matter than can decompose or rot
— Further instructions, and step-by-step guides, from this site: http://www.artiscreation.com/Pigment.html
How much to collect?
I am going to assume we want 100g of ink to begin with, and assuming ink has approximately the same mass as water, that will be 100mL or approx. 3.5 oz of ink.
Galls: 80g, approx. .2 lbs
Barks: 400g (4x the weight of the ink), approx .88 lbs
Iron parts: very little (a few scraps will work)
How to collect?
Knife (with locking blade) or wood chisel
Breathable bags or folded packets of brown, white, or wax paper or newsprint
–Never collect from a living tree
–There is more tannin in older trees
–Inner bark has more tannin
make 1 ink from each site
create a replicable ink recipe
to create a preservable ink in a bottle with a label
create a stencilable paint
source for rust