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Inks and Ink Chemistry

Get recipes for writing ink, invisible ink, tattoo ink, disappearing ink and more. Find information about the ingredients in ink and ink chemistry.
  1. Ink Recipes (14)

Blue Ink Recipe
You can prepare your own blue ink. This blue ink recipe is very easy and produces a beautiful blue ink for writing, drawing, or crafts.

Brown Ink Recipe
It's very easy to make your own natural brown ink for writing, drawing, or crafts. Here is a brown ink recipe you can try.

Black Ink Recipe
This is a simple recipe for a permanent black ink.

Invisible Inks
Make your own invisible ink so you can write and reveal secret messages. Get information about inks that are activated by heat, chemical reactions, and ultraviolet light.

Disappearing Ink Instructions
Learn how to make blue or red ink that will disappear after exposure to air. Tips for restoring the color and an explanation of the acid-base chemistry of the reaction are also included.

Glow in the Dark Ink
These are instructions for making glow in the dark ink. However, the instructions are presented as a curiosity or for information only, NOT for use.

Homemade Tattoo Ink Recipe
The earliest tattoo inks came from nature. You can use non-toxic natural ingredients to make your own homemade tattoo ink. This tattoo ink recipe is simple and has been used in various forms for thousands of years.

Tattoo Ink Instructions
If you understand sterilization techniques, some of the safest and best tattoo inks may be those you mix yourself.

Ancient Tattoo Ink Recipe
This ancient tattoo ink recipe was devised by the Roman physician Aetius. It can be expected to produce a nice permanent ink, though the ingredients may cause irritation for some individuals.

Sharpie Pen Tie Dye
You can create a pattern resembling tie-dye using colored Sharpie pens and rubbing alcohol. It's a fun and educational project that is great for kids.

Marbled Paper Project
It's super-easy to make elegant marbled paper, which you can use for a variety of projects including gift wrap. What you may not know is you can scent your paper while you marble it.

Invisible Ink Revealed - How to Read Invisible Ink Messages
It's easy to write a message using invisible ink, but it's a little trickier to read the message. Here are tips for revealing an invisible ink secret message.

Invisible Ink - Baking Soda
These are quick and easy instructions for making non-toxic invisible ink using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

Invisible Ink - Corn Starch
The writing for this invisible ink technique is done using corn starch. An iodine solution is used to reveal the message.

Invisible Ink - Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is acidic and weakens paper. When paper is heated, the remaining acid turns the writing brown before discoloring the paper.

Blueprint Paper - How to Make Blueprint Paper
Blueprint paper is a specially-coated paper that turns blue where it is exposed to light, while areas kept in the dark remain white. Blueprints were one of the first ways to make copies of plans or drawings. Here's how to make blueprint paper yourself.

Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are meant to be permanent, so they aren't easy to remove, but there are multiple methods that are used when a person wishes to have a tattoo removed.

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