This Instructable is part of a project I completed for the RISD Museum
, for which I copied Luca Cambiaso’s drawing Deposition from the Cross (ca. 1570)
. This lesson is paired with a secondary article on how to make a quill pen
Iron gall ink contains three ingredients, plus water: oak galls, ferrous sulphate, and gum arabic. I used a 1770 recipe that calls for two ounces of crushed oak galls soaked overnight in one pint of water, then strained into one ounce of ferrous sulphate. One-half ounce of gum arabic is added, and the mixture stirred until it is dissolved. You can also read an article I wrote discussing my process for copying Luca Cambiaso 1570 drawing using iron gall ink.
Written by Andrew Raftery (RISD faculty, Printmaking)