Let's explore how everyday objects can help make ink. This activity guide introduces making ink using flowers and leaves and its use for a painting.

Activity Resources


Materials Required

  • Flowers and leaves
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Baking soda

Age Groups

This activity is suitable for ages 10 years & up. We recommend children under the age of 12 to use Kitchen appliances as required in this activity under adult supervision.

Facilitation Tips

  • Before introducing the activity, discuss with participants:
    • What is color?
    • Which everyday objects around them give colors?
    • What gives everyday objects different colors?
    • What is ink? How is it different from color?
    • What is the content of ink?
    • How many types of ink exist?
    • How will they use colors from everyday objects to make ink?
    • How will they use these colors & ink?
  • Introduce the activity using the activity guide in a PDF format, demo video, and voice note. You could encourage participants to make ink using everyday objects and use it for their artwork.
  • Encourage participants to use the process shown in the video only as a reference and use other natural or human-made materials to produce ink such as turmeric, coffee, tea, soot, soil, fruits & vegetables, etc.
  • Ask participants to share their process of making colors and ink, what materials they used, and how they changed the original color from an object in a certain way.
  • Inspire participants to tinker with ink and colors by sharing some examples, such as the below artworks that use natural pigments made by Nikita Gandhi, a self-taught artist, and educator.

Browse through the facilitator guide for tips and tricks to engage participants in maker activities in a virtual or physical learning space.

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Nikita Gandhi, Self-taught Artist and Educator
Srishti Sethi, Co-Designer (Unstructured Studio)
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