On our Williamsburg trip, my granny (that’s great granny to the little ladies), bought the girls each a white feather quill pen. The timing was great because I have been wanting to make a lavender/rosemary scented ink. This was a wonderful herbal activity leaving the house smelling great!
What you need:
sprigs of lavender (dry or fresh)
sprigs of rosemary (dry or fresh)
1. Use enough herbs to cover the bottom of your pan. Use your nose to help get just the scent you want.
2. Add enough water to cover the tops of the herbs.
3. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the water has reduced to a generous tablespoon.
4. Strain and you’re left with a pretty light brown ink. You could always add a drop or two of black ink to darken the color.
The little ladies really enjoyed writing and drawing with wonderfully smelling ink and the gorgeous white feathers.
Thanks for the feathers Granny!
You could use any wonderful smelling herb for this activity. I think we will try a peppermint/lavender ink next time; it would be great for writing holiday cards. Who wouldn’t love a peppermint scented card for the holidays!?!?
Oooh, and a handmade gift of scented ink, a calligraphy pen, and homemade paper would be a lovely holiday gift idea! If you use the ink as a gift, you must add calligraphy ink to it or the herb solution will mold.