CABA BARK PAPER DEMOnstration

We experimented with using the walnut ink crystals on Mexican Caba bark paper with pretty spectacular results!

See the photos below for step-by-step instructions.

 
 
Wet ivory Caba bark paper and sprinkle on walnut ink.

Ivory Caba Bark paper was wet (I held it under the faucet). Walnut ink crystals were sprinkled on very sparingly.


 
A wide-angle view of the still-wet paper.

A wide-angle view of the still-wet paper.


 
This is a close-up of the not quite dry bark paper.

This is a close-up of the not quite dry bark paper. Pretty spectacular, huh?!

 
Here the walnut ink was painted on the damp Caba bark paper.

Here the walnut ink was painted on the damp Caba bark paper.


 
Paper completely covered with walnut ink.

The paper was completely covered with the walnut ink. What we noticed immediately was because of the woody, pulpy areas of the paper, there were several different shades of brown that resulted from the ink absorbing differently into the different textures of the paper.

 
There is a great deal of variation simply from the application of the walnut ink to the paper.

The paper still hadn't dried when this photo was taken but you can see how there's a great deal of variation simply from the application of the walnut ink to the paper. We weren't able to get much movement of the ink by spritzing with water.

 
Some lightening of areas that we were able to achieve with the application of bleach.

In this alternate view, you can see there was some lightening of areas that we were able to achieve with the application of bleach, but the simple application of the walnut ink to the bark paper created a pretty spectacular result.

 
Walnut ink on Caba bark paper when dry.

Paper when dry.