Black Ink Recipe

How to Make Permanent Black Ink

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This is a simple recipe for a permanent black ink with just four basic ingredients.

Black Ink Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp. lamp black (You can buy lamp black or carbon black or you can make your own by completely burning paper or wood.)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. gum arabic
  • 1/2 cup honey

Prepare the Black Ink

  1. Mix together the egg yolk, gum arabic, and honey.
  2. Stir in the lamp black. This will produce a thick paste which you can store in a sealed container.
  3. To use the ink, mix this paste with a small amount of water to achieve the desired consistency.

Permanent black ink is not the only ink you can make at home. You can also make your own blue ink or non-toxic tattoo ink.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Black Ink Recipe." ThoughtCo, Sep. 7, 2021, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2021, September 7). Black Ink Recipe. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Black Ink Recipe." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 31, 2023).