Since walnut ink behaves differently on different surfaces, experimentation is highly recommended. This sample book gives you a great way to document those experiments so that you can refer back to them later, making the results that you like more reproducible. Since this book is a working document for you to use, be sure to include both your successes AND failures. That way you won't repeat the techniques that you didn't like and will be better able to reproduce those that you do like.
Here is a supply list
For this sample book, I chose 3 different kinds of paper to work with: Rives BFK (a printmaking paper that comes in tan, gray, cream and white), Arches 88 white (also a printmaking paper) and a white woven paper.
Since these papers all came in 22X30 size, I first tore the paper (just fold in half, tear along the fold; fold each half in half again and again, tear along the fold). Your paper will be approximately 11X15. I chose this size because it fits into the shallow pan that I have. If your pan isn't as large, you can tear the paper again. Tearing the paper into a smaller size is not necessary if you are just going to experiment with the walnut ink alone. If you are planning to use the food coloring paper dyeing technique that I use, smaller pieces of paper are much more manageable.
For the food coloring paper dyeing technique, click here.
The assembly of the book is simple:
1. Just take your various sample papers and tear them down to a size that fits on a fairly large manila tag.
2. Staple the sample to the tag. Write an identifying title on the front of the tag and any technique notes on the back.
3. Bind together using a large metal book ring. You could also use a Chicago screw post (you'll want a long one). Use something that is flexible so that you can keep adding to the book as you experiment with different papers/cardstock/media.
More techniques with walnut ink are shown here.
Here are some samples of finished artwork, including journal pages.