Monday Magic: Dragon's Blood Ink

I'm sorry to disappoint you Game of Thrones Fans, but Dragon's blood is a bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus. The red resin has been in continuous use since ancient times as varnish, medicine, incense, and dye.

Today, I'm going to give you the recipe for making your own Dragon's Blood Ink. You are absolutely free to write this in your Book of Shadows or Grimoire. It's a recipe. No one owns the copyright on a recipe, and if I'm sharing one, it means I want you to have it.

Dragon's Blood Ink Recipe

1 teaspoon Dracaena cinnabari or Draceana Draco resin, finely ground. Please use only one of those two, as other types of resin don't dissolve well in alcohol.
2 small cups (disposable or for future ink-making use only)
13 teaspoons of isopropyl alcohol (70% or higher)
3 teaspoons Gum Arabic (ground)
1 small jar (use dark glass, if possible) 3-4 oz jars are fine.

Before you start, I highly recommend wearing gloves to prevent staining your hands. You can get some nitrile gloves for less than $5 at a local store.

Dracaena cinnabari is best because it readily dissolves in alcohol. You shouldn't have to crush it into a fine powder because of this. For Draceana Draco, you'll need to work a little harder. Pour the powder into one of the cups. Add the alcohol slowly, and let it sit until dissolved.  Let it sit at least two hours before the next step.

Unfortunately, gum arabic tends not to dissolve in alcohol very well, so I recommend dissolving it in pure spring water (filtered water is fine) first. It's a thickener, so make sure you don't water it down too much. Think of how you make a corn starch thickener for stews and chowders. That'll do.

Slowly stir your thickening agent into the dragon's blood mixture. You want it to be "inky" but not so thick that it will take forever to dry when you use it.

 Store in a glass bottle. Shake before use. Makes approximately 3 ounces of ink. Give it a couple of days to "rest" before use.

Now, you've made your own ink. How do you use it?

Dragon's blood ink is used in writing spells, creating talismans, and sigils (runes, ogham staves, etc) that deal with power, protection, and courage. You don't necessarily have to use paper. You can draw them on your person, particularly when it comes to protection staves. Note of caution: please do a small ink test on your arm or inner wrist before making body art. You never know when something can cause an allergy.

Disclaimer: The recipes I share are for witches who understand that all creations, including spells, sigils, tools, et al are for personal use and are your own responsibility. I am not accountable for what you do or don't do with the information provided.

Happy Witching!

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