Tom Norton began making his walnut drawing ink in 1995 in his basement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the sixties, Tom had studied art at RISD where he used a fabulous water-soluble sepia colored ink in his drawing class. He loved drawing with that ink because it worked like a watercolor bridging the gap between drawing and painting by allowing layering techniques for darker tones and lifting of color for lighter tones. Tom's ink unlike genuine walnut ink is acid free and will not harm the paper that it is painted on. Tom never advertised or actively promoted his ink, his ink business grew exponentially simply by word of mouth and one artist seeing another artist using it. Soon ink production quickly consumed all of his time and energy. When Tom reached the age of 70 he was ready to retire and pursue new adventures in life including lots of traveling but he wanted his legacy to continue. Today Tom Norton's Walnut Drawing Ink is being made in Upstate, New York by our team of artists. We are striving to continue Tom’s tradition of excellence and have dedicated ourselves to making his beautiful ink available to more and more artists.