Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I have been waiting for the pokeberries on the edge of my yard to ripen. Making ink from the berries is something I have been wanting to do for some time. Eva and I finally gave it a shot. We also picked up some powdered ink and pens at the Harmony History Museum.

pokeberry bush

bunches of pokeberries!

Eva mashing the berries.
We found a recipe for pokeberry ink on
After the juice is collected a little vinegar and salt is added to preserve the ink.
Ink swatches.
 The red ink is from a powdered mix and the purple ink is pokeberry.
I like the color of the pokeberry ink but I have to say that pokeberries don't smell all that great.

                                 We had fun making the inks and playing with our new pens.
                                   Not sure what we will do next with our new art supplies.

Pokeberry do have a toxic rating. Different websites said different things. Mainly if you eat them you will have an upset stomach. Being that they smell so bad, I can't image eating one!


  1. Wow. I had never seen or heard of pokeberries, but what a great dye they make!

  2. Glad to see you wearing gloves with the pokeberry...Got lots of toxic stuff in it. Be careful playing with it. Makes a great dye for cloth. wonder what it would do to your paper bags. xox

  3. Loving the exploring and experimentation you two are doing!! I like the color too!