Natural Inks

There are remarkable learning opportunities involved in the making of natural inks.  Take Oak Gall Ink for example, and explore the wealth of history and significance of its use as a permanent ink in virtually all of the important historical written documents that survive, including Shakespeare's work, many of Leonardo Da Vinci's sketches and not to mention its use in musical notation.  The learning comes from exploring the chemical processes of its making, discovering the recipes that have been concocted, and most of all considering natural processes that are at work in the formation of the oak gall on an oak tree.  Why does it form?  What is it mainly composed of? How does this relate to the science of the ink making?  Finally, the best part, once this ink is made and bottled it can be used for a wide range of creative and artistic projects. Test


Medium Term Plan Examples

Iron Gall Ink

Gypsum Ink

Acorn Cap Silver Ink




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