w/inc ™ Handmade Ink

w/inc ™

This special Welsh ink – w/inc ™ – is small batch produced in Wales. I use ancient methods, locally gathered materials and a lot of love to make this special Welsh artisan product. Use with a dip pen or brush, for writing, drawing and dyeing.

w/inc Walnut
The clever walnut and its hull full of colour

The w/inc™ organic walnuts are collected fresh in the autumn from Cardiff’s Bute Park and other local friends’ trees; they’re stored to mature and to obtain the richest colour possible; then they’re processed by hand, tested and finally carefully bottled and packed in hand-finished recycled packaging.

Each annual crop produces a limited supply, is numbered and dated by my hand. Each batch colour may vary a little as each nut crop is unique!

Walnut w/inc™ is a rich, deep, autumn brown but it’s also is available treated with iron to give a deeper brown-black.

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Natural Indigo and walnut w/inc ™

Testing Indigo w/inc™

Each bottle of this beautiful deep sea blue ink has a sprinkle of natural indigo, a dash of local walnut, a pinch of Welsh sea salt and a swish of seaweed to thicken… ’tis the ink for a landlocked mermaid to write her message in a bottle.

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Acorn w/inc™

Oak gall w/inc ™

Made with locally foraged oak galls and scrap rusted iron, this traditional w/inc™ is made to an ancient recipe that has been used for centuries for official documents, such as the Mapa Mundi, the declaration of Independence, official Post Office ink and many more. It is known to last for hundreds of years – it is still used for the writing of acts of parliament today. Buy here

Other special seasonal inks are listed as they are made, or make your own special ink with me in my cardiff workshop. It makes a great community or school project too, inking to science, culture, history and art. Give me a call to have a chat about ideas.

There’s lots of other products on here, all made with natural materials and recycled or carefully picked UK organic textiles.

Catherine and her ColourField workshop featured on the BBC Countryfile autumn special TV show in October 2017; she gathered the walnut hulls from Mulberry founder Roger Saul’s Somerset estate and used them to make ink, dye and prints, with assistance from Countryfile presenter Anita Rani.

Illustrator Hannah Malkin has just used my Indigo and walnut w/inc for these little seed pod babies in her #inktober series – so cute!


The amazing young artist illustrator Sol Whiteside has been using my special inks in his work ‘Snow White’.