I planted an inkberry bush in my yard because I love the name, and it is a native plant. Inkberry bushes have been around the East End of Long Island for centuries. A gardening friend told me colonists used them for making ink – and that the Declaration of Independence was written using this ink, which is also called “pokeberry ink.” Looking at the berries, at this point I can’t tell if the ink would be black, or a purplish-black. I would love to try to make my own ink.
If anyone could point me towards a good recipe for making ink from inkberries I would much appreciate it. I know some weavers make dyes from natural ingredients, but I don’t know if the process for making dye is the same thing as making ink.