A mushroom's slimy ink-like liquid. © Jenny Downing, CC BY 2.0
Did you know that you can make your own ink… from mushrooms?
Shaggy ink cap mushrooms make a slimy ink-like liquid as a way of spreading their spores. You can use this to write and draw with.
The shaggy ink cap is a large mushroom and is easy to identify. It is not poisonous and is safe to handle. But please don’t pick any mushrooms you are not sure about.
Shaggy ink cap mushrooms. © scorzonera, CC BY-NC 2.0
You can usually find shaggy ink caps in autumn in grass on lawns, roadsides or rubbish heaps.
What they look like:
When your ink is ready, use a reed pen or paintbrush to write and draw with.
We'd love to see your drawings, so please send them in to our picture gallery.
Mushroom tops in a jar (left) and some collected a few days earlier, which are turning into ink (right). © Gabriolan.ca
This article was originally published in Wild World, our magazine for kids.