Variations for Hibiscus Flower Ink (Tung Oil)


Hibiscus Flower Ink (Tung Oil)

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Step one

Combine 64g (2.25 oz or 1/2 cup) dried hibiscus flowers with 240 ml (approximately 8 oz or 1 cup) filtered water in a saucepan

Step two

Heat the ingredients to a boil

Step three

Simmer for approximately 15 minutes (or until the flower petal edges turn desaturated/light pink or white)

Step four

Remove the flowers from the liquid with a stirring spoon

Step five

Continue to simmer the liquid for approximately 30 minutes - 45 minutes (or until most of the water evaporates out of the mixture), stirring occasionally

Step six

The ideal consistency for the ink is sticky like syrup but not sticking to the pan

Step seven

Remove the liquid from the heat

Step eight

Cool the liquid to room temperature and use it straight away by combining it with the tung oil slowly until you reach the desired consistency. Or store it in an air-tight container. You can keep the ink at room temperature. It can also be refrigerated to keep for longer.

Step nine

*Note: This ink will oxidize over time. To avoid oxidation, consider sealing the media with a natural sealant or apply a bioplastic coating.