How to make your own (magickal or crafty) inks and oils
Whether you love arts and crafts – or spellwork – or both, we’ll show you how to make your own crafty inks and oils. If you wish, we’ll also show you how to imbue them with magickal properties for spell crafting and prayer books.
How To Create and Use Magickal Inks
Anything can be used as a tool in rites and rituals, so long as you have sufficiently cleansed, consecrated and empowered it. Making your own ink for use in your Book of Shadows, any journals, logs, dream diaries and prayer books you plan to add to throughout your lifetime as a practitioner of magick will enhance the quality of the energy that you imbue into the pages and the affect of your work.
Of course, you may not be fussed about making your own inks as there are plenty of good inks available to purchase from occult shops and online. If you are not crafty by nature then thats completely fine, but if you are the kind of Witch who prefers to imbue their magical tools with their essence, then why not make a selection of beautiful inks to add to your tool collection?
Get Crafty: Ways to use your home-made inks
Your inks can be used for recording spells and their results in your Book of Shadows, writing up prayers and correspondence charts, inscribing talismans, making magical sigils, writing on specially prepared paper for petition prayers and spells, and as a scrying implement.
How to make beetroot ink
Colour result: reddish-pink ink
- Boil a couple of beetroots then either juice them using a juicer or mash then up and strain through muslin or a fine sieve ( if using a sieve you may have to strain more than once to get any fibres out).
- While the juice is warm (if it’s cooled just reheat in a microwave or on a stove) add in a little gum arabic powder, stirring until this juice has thickened slightly.
How to make blackberry ink
Colour result: deep purple ink
- Pick your blackberries locally when they’re in season
- Mash the berries and strain through muslin or sieve as in the method for beetroot ink.
- Pour in sterilised bottles or jars.
How to make black ink, known as lampblack ink
Colour result: deep black ink
The process required for making lampblack is simple, but time consuming. To begin collect up the following:
- A taper candle and holder (use a white candle for any purpose but if you are creating the ink for a specific spell, use a corresponding colour of candle)s
- A metal spoon (preferably a new spoon set aside for this purpose)
- A bowl
- A piece of firm white card
- Distilled or spring water
- Gum Arabic powder
- A cloth that can get dirty
- A little patience!
Method for making Lampblack ink:
1. Cover the surface you are working on with the cloth
2. Place the candle in the holder and light the candle; place the bowl beside it atop the cloth
3. Hold the back spoon just above the flame, so it is almost touching but not quite, for 30-60 seconds. You will notice a black coating has covered the back of the spoon – this is the treasure!
4. With the card, very carefully scrape the sooty substance off of the spoon and into the bowl. Do this slowly and deep into the bowl as it has a tendency to flutter away.
5. Now, this is where your patience is needed! Repeat steps 1-4 for about an hour, until you have a wealth of sooty goodness in the bowl. If the spoon begins to get too hot to handle, either have a break to let it cool or put on a glove.
6. Youve acquire the treasure, now its time to make the riches. Warm the distilled water and add drop-by-drop to the bowl of lampblack. After every 2 or 3 drops, mix the ink with a clean finger or the spoon. Stop adding water when the ink is black as obsidian. If it too watery just make some more soot and add it in.
7. Add in a small amount of gum Arabic at a time, stirring, until the mixture resembles the kind of ink you can buy in art and stationary shops.
8. Pour your Lampblack Ink into a sterilised glass jar or bottle (to sterilise; wash glass in a dishwasher or place in a hot oven for 5-10 minutes.)
9. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and children!
Useless Fact: Gum Arabic binds the pigment of the lampblack into paper when you write or draw with our ink. It is also used on postage stamps, envelopes, shoe polish, watercolour paints, and various sweets.
How to make Dove’s Blood Ink
Colour result: red ink
Magical ink’s purpose: Write with this red homemade ink to bring forth wishes.
- 1 part dragons blood
- 1 part gum Arabic powder
- 10 parts alcohol
- 2 drops cinnamon oil
- 2 drops bay oil
- 2 drops rose oil
Method for making Dove’s Blood Ink:
Mix the ingredients and add the Arabic powder last, a little at a time, until you get the consistency you require.
How to make Dove’s Eye Ink
Colour result: red ink, and sweet-smelling too!
Magical ink’s purpose: Write with this ink to bring forth peace of mind and happiness.
The quantities of the following ingredients will depend on how much ink you intend to produce.
- Red talc
- Red carnation petals
- Frankincense resin
- Vanilla essence
- Dried marjoram
Method for making Dove’s Eye Ink:
1. Grind the frankincense resin, cardamom pod(s), carnation petals and dried marjoram in a pestle and mortar
2. Stir in the red talc
3. Add enough vanilla essence to create an inky consistency
4. If you need to thicken the ink, add in a little gum arabic powder
Dragons Blood Ink – Gives extra power to any spell.
Colour result: red ink
Magical ink’s purpose: Give extra power to any spell.
- 1 part dragon’s blood
- 15 parts alcohol
- 1 part gum Arabic
And there you have it. It doesn’t matter what, if any, faith you have. It doesn’t matter if you’re of a pagan/magic persuasion, or looking for new arts and crafts ideas. Making homemade inks and oils is satisfying work in itself… and can leader to even greater work further down the line.
Making thick, gloopy Lampblack Ink