Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Make Ink

Black Permanent Ink

1/2 tsp lamp black (which you can buy or can make by holding a plate over a candle and collecting the soot or from collecting other char)

1 egg yolk
1 tsp gum arabic
1/2 cup honey

Mix together the egg yolk, gum arabic, and honey. Stir in the lamp black. This will produce a thick paste which you can store in a sealed container. To use the ink, mix this paste with a small amount of water to achieve the desired consistency.

Brown Ink
4 teaspoons loose tea or 4-5 teabags
1 teaspoon gum arabic
1/2 cup boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the tea. Allow the tea to steep for about 15 minutes. Squeeze as much tea (tannin) as possible from the tea or teabags. Stir in the gum arabic. Strain the ink and allow it to cool before bottling it.

Prussian Blue Ink

Prussian Blue pigment (sometimes sold as laundry bluing)

Mix the pigment into the water to achieve a rich blue ink

Homemade Envelopes

Friday, March 28, 2014

Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow Primer
  • A little container
  • Cornstarch or Baby Talc
  • Foundation or Concealer (I used my Garnier BB cream)
  • Body Butter or Face Moisturizer (cannot use lotion as it is too runny in consistency) I used Olay's moisturizer.
Whisk small amounts of foundation and moisturizer together and add in some cornstarch till you get a thick consistency. Use proportionate amounts, the amount you use of each depends entirely on you. Play around and find out what works for you best.
If you have oily skin around the eyes, add more cornstarch. If you have dry skin, then add more moisturizer. 
 Before applying eye-makeup, just apply a small amount of primer on your eyelid. Wait for it to dry and then apply your makeup.