|1/2 cup of Mulberries,|
1/2 teaspoon Salt,
1 teaspoon Vinegar
|Mash Berries Gently With a Wooden Spoon in a Sieve/Strainer|
over a bowl or measuring cup.
|Mulberry Juice with a few floating seeds|
She advises that you can use any berries such as blueberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries etc either singly or a mixture of berries.
I used mulberries from the tree in my neighborhood plus a few blackberries I found growing down near the stream behind the house.
You use the vinegar to help hold the color. I used red wine, one because it doesn't smell as strong as some vinegars can and second because it is a red vinegar and probably has some staining qualities too.
Salt is used to deter mold.
She also advises that you can scent your ink by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I decided to use a combination of orange, clove and cinnamon. It gave the ink a nice spicey smell and it also helped mask the vinegar.
After I added my oils, I restrained my juice to help remove the left over seeds and poured it into my washed clean bottle using a small plastic funnel.
Because this is a natural product it has a short shelf life. To help it last as long as it can, I store my ink in the refrigerator.