Science, Tech, Math › Science Black Ink Recipe How to Make Permanent Black Ink Share Flipboard Email Print vasiliki/Getty Images Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated March 18, 2019 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 yolk1 tsp. gum arabic1/2 cup honey Prepare the Black Ink Mix together the egg yolk, gum arabic, and honey.Stir in the lamp black. This will produce a thick paste which you can store in a sealed container.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.