🍓attempting to make fruit ink🍒

Hello💜

I am back yet again with an experiment type post! What can I say? I have way too much time on my hands.

I’ve been wanting to test this out for a while now. Basically I’ve been wondering how effective fruit juice would be when used as ink. I had a lot of fun doing this! Enjoy:)


materials

After doing some research, I chose strawberries, cherries and blackberries because they are the most pigmented. I also read that salt and vinegar are needed for preservation. I had cute little Hello Fresh dressing jars left over, so I used those to make the ink. Here’s the official material list:

  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • 3 little jars
  • little strainer
  • little whisk
  • bowl for remnants

the process

So. I basically took the pit and stem out of the cherries and crushed them into the strainer into the jar. The cherries were the easiest to get the juice out of. I did read that you’re not technically supposed to force the juice out or your ink will be clot-y but I couldn’t really get any juice out without pressing pretty hard. The strawberries were by far the most chunky. I had to cut the strawberries into small bits before straining. The blackberries were fairly easy to get juice out of. Unsurprisingly, the blackberries produced the darkest ink.

(cherry juice)

Then I added a small bit of vinegar (maybe 1/8th of the juice produced’s worth) and a little pinch of salt to each jar. Then whisk til mixed!

To be honest it looked very promising at this point. All that was left was to test the ink with the fountain pen/quill I got from my aunt in Japan. To be honest I’m not sure what the official name of the pen is… it’s a glass pen that you dip in ink to write if that’s helpful. Anyone know it’s technical name?

(left is cherry, middle is strawberry and right is blackberry)

I used both the fountain pen and a paint brush. Here’s what the ink looked like on paper:

All of the inks had a bit of a color change from wet to dry but blackberry’s color change was crazy. You can kind of see the wet brush stroke compared to the dried fountain pen above it. It changed from more reddish to dark blue-ish.

The application was chunky. The strawberry ink didn’t even apply with the fountain pen. I had to re write quite a bit for both the cherry and blackberry inks because they were unpredictable as to when the ink would come out.

Then I decided it might help if I put the ink through a cloth to make it smoother. Enter; a used t-shirt!

It took a while for the ink to seep through the cloth. BUT here’s the comparison:

I think filtering the ink did make it smoother and easier to apply but definitely took away a lot of the pigment. You can’t even see the filtered cherry ink let alone the filtered strawberry ink:( Although, I am impressed with the filtered blackberry ink. If I was to make ink out of fruit again, I’d probably recreate the filtered blackberry ink. You can tell the filtered inks are less spotty as well.

For now, though, the regular ink is superior. Let me know what you think:)

~Sera

10 thoughts on “🍓attempting to make fruit ink🍒

  1. Elsie LMC July 17, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! 😯 Had never thought of doing that before, it looks like fun ✨💕

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  2. Jasmin@thewriterofletters.com July 17, 2020 / 7:27 pm

    Quill pen maybe? Just going out on a limb and guessing haha 😂
    But girllll what a fun post this was! I love how original it was and I’ve never even thought of trying to make ink out of fruit/berries juice! So cool! I guessed the blackberry would come out best, blackberry juice is quite dark. But thats really cool that the strawberry and cherry showed up decently well before you “sifted them” I know sifting isn’t the ideal word but oh well 😂 I don’t remember what you called it.
    Anyways loved this post, I give it a 10/10 🤩

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    • avocadothoughts13 July 18, 2020 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! And I had so much fun with this post, haha:) I think quill pen sounds right! I’ve been wanting to try it for a while so I’m glad I got around to it<3

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      • Jasmin@thewriterofletters.com July 23, 2020 / 8:33 am

        Ahhh the posts that are fun to write/create are the best aren’t they?! I love them 💓
        Ok good haha I didn’t know for sure 😂 Glad you got to try it out!

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  3. arshia July 18, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    This is such a fun experiment! I don’t know why but this reminded me of strawberry shortcake (maybe my brain thinks she’ll write with strawberry ink?? no idea). Also, that pen is absolutely gorgeous! I think it’s called a glass dip pen or something. I could stare at it all day, really.

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    • avocadothoughts13 July 18, 2020 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you! That’s funny that it reminds you of strawberry shortcake – now you’re making me crave it😂 And isn’t it so gorgeous?? ❤

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  4. Nath July 18, 2020 / 10:22 pm

    Making ink from fruit juice? That’s soooo cool! 😍 It looks fun!

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  5. xoxlucy August 23, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    What a creative idea! This looks like so much fun to do😂

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