I followed the simplest berry ink recipe I know, and the Sarcococca made a beautiful deep blue-violet ink that dries in a range of cool to warm tones, depending on it's environment. The rest of the week, I have been painting with this ink and melted snow from our back porch. The qualities of the snow water cause the Sarcococca's hues to cool and allow me to add delicate, transparent details.
My hopes for the day were just to spend time outside with friends and find color-making materials. Three adults corralled four children down the sidewalk... gathered cotoneaster berries, rosehips, birch bark, privet berries. Ready to make natural paints and inks.