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We’re over at the SMP blog today talking about ink, specifically Iron Gall Ink, but we’ve decided to give readers here a tidbit of new information on Gall Ink as well as a writer’s tip.

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Gall Ink, but we found the history of this ink, made from the galls found on plants, very interesting. Who knew that you could make ink from plant fungus?

The earliest known recipe for Gall Ink comes from Pliny the Elder. Gall ink was popular because it was a durable ink that could not be wiped off the vellum or paper, you had to scrape the paper in order to remove the ink. This ink became popular in Europe as well as the United States. The United States Postal Service even had its own official recipe for use in all post office branches. In the later part of the 20th century when chemically produced inks came into use Gall Ink fell out of favor.

Today, some artists, who are trying to recreate an art form from the past, use Gall Ink in their work. It’s a good thing, we feel, to keep some of those old traditions alive. After all, you never know when we might become a dystopian society and need some of those old recipes.

If you are interested in making some Gall Ink, here are a few websites that have recipes.



For more information about Gall Ink, click here to go to the SMP Author Blog where we have another blog with different information on this subject.


No matter how good you think your manuscript or article is you’ll always find something to change. At some point you have to let go.

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