Printer ink’s evolution is interesting. As we date back to the 20th century, ink which is a colored fluid originated from oils extracted from soy canola and corn. As the people found a way to dry up the petroleum-based inks, they became the industry norm by the mid-1900s which are still cherished on paper till date. In the early 1970s, the petroleum-based inks were replaced by vegetable- oil-based ink as the nation witnessed the oppressive oil shortage.

By the advent of 2000, the ink formation took a new shape and they were split into two types:

Biodegradable Inks- These are decomposable inks which means less toxic than petroleum oils and more cooperative with printing processes. But as of today, it’s hard to tell which available ink is completely biodegradable.

Soy-Based Ink- These inks are prepared from soybean oil in combination with petroleum based-chemicals. According to EPA, a “soy-ink” that contains at least 20 percent soy-based oils becomes a biodegradable ink at this point.

Where Does Ink Come From?

Any ink most likely is made from numerous sources containing nitrogen compounds – commonly known as dyes or pigments. Pigment provides ink its color depending on the purpose the ink will be used for. After that, the ink is refined into different colors which eventually decide its nature- permanent or washable to produce copies of digital text or images. Apart from this, there are also some environmental factors which contribute to ink production.

How to Make Black Ink?

In general, ink is produced in concordance with ingredients including varnish, resin, solvents, pigments, and additives such as waxes and lubricants. But black ink, what we call the permanent ink is put into the process using carbon black pigments, and white pigments like titanium dioxide- used as a bleaching agent to lighten other ink colors.

The common base of all inks is known as “Varnish”- a transparent liquid. To prepare different sorts of inks, different varnishes are made accordingly.

Well, this is a standard hypothetical phenomenon. You can prepare one at your home today by our simple black ink manufacturing process.

Black Ink Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp. lamp black (Buy either lamp black or carbon black or you can DIY this even by burning paper or wood completely.)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. gum Arabic
  • 1/2 cup honey


  1. Start by mixing the egg yolk, gum Arabic, and honey.
  2. Mix it in the lamp black. This stirring movement will now create a thick paste which you can store in a sealed container for later use.
  3. To make the ink, finally mix this paste in combination with a small amount of water in order to achieve the desired consistency.

Other than this ink, you can make several inks at your home with our easy-to-understand guide. No matter what ink and toner cartridge you want to make, you’ll find us helpful throughout.