Invisible Ink

I am a huge fan of Jane Brocket. I love her books, her blog, and always turn to The Gentle Art of Domesticity when I feel I need a boost in inspiration. I am about halfway through Ripping Things to Do, and really enjoying it. A couple of weeks ago, after the boys learned that invisible ink was used in the early history of America to pass messages back and forth, I pulled out the lemon juice, paper, some q-tips and a candle. I learned how to make and use invisible ink in Jane’s book and the boys thought I was the coolest mom ever when I showed them how to write secret messages (thanks, Jane!) The boys used q-tips to write messages in lemon juice, and left them to dry on the table. After their papers were completely dry, they took turns holding the paper very carefully over a candle (always supervised by me). Jane suggests using an iron, but my boys aren’t quite tall enough to do that safely. They were so excited, and it was a fun new skill for us all. You never know when you will need to write a secret message.

books, family, homeschooling, kid's art • Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 • 14 Comments »
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14 Responses to “Invisible Ink”

  1. Petit Filoux says:

    That’s so cool, I would have loved that when I was a kid!

  2. AG Ambroult says:

    fun! we recently made invisible ink with baking soda and water, after it dries we brushed grape juice on it to make it appear. We’ll have to try this version, as I think the “ink” would be more invisible. That looks like a book I may have to get.

  3. Mary Poppins says:

    I love playing that with the children, though I think I am loving your way of doing it so shall give it a go, thanks for sharing and thanks for the lovely wishes regarding Master Poppins. I am going to pop your little parcel in the post, only the hearts and a couple of little extra’s. PLEASE I really do not want anything in return you were more than generous with your pretty fabric.



  4. Anna, Sydney says:

    Ooh we did that as kids and it was so much fun. Must take a closer look at that book, I believe…

  5. Mousy Brown says:

    I am reading that too at the moment – so many lovely ideas of things to do! We haven’t tried the invisible ink yet but it does look like you had lots of fun. Does this mean you are all feeling a little better ??! Hope so xxx

  6. Jennifer says:

    Mousy Brown, unfortunately everyone is still pretty ill. This was a couple of weeks ago before it all hit. There are a few less coughs though, so maybe this will all end eventually.

  7. Imene says:

    I love Jane Brocket’s books too. I remember reading a review of Art of Domesticity and thinking I wouldn’t buy it. Then I saw it at the bookstore and I fell in love!

  8. Constance says:

    I love Jane Brocket, too! I seem to remember holding our ‘secret messages’ over a hot light bulb as a kid (if you still have any that get hot, that is!).

  9. Godemiché says:

    Follement captivant, je pense que cet article intéresserait mon mec

  10. C’est un véritable bonheur de regarder votre blog

  11. Sublime article : j’en discuterai demain avec certains de mes amis

  12. Je pensais justement rédiger un petit poste pareil à celui-là

  13. Jacklyn says:

    Je terminerai de jeter un coup d’oeil à ça après

  14. Une fois de plus un superbe post, j’espère en parler
    ce soir avec mes collègues

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