Monday Matchup #8: Pelikan Brilliant Red with Sheaffer Sagaris in Gloss Wine

This week’s Monday Matchup is somewhat unconventional, but a unique and fun pairing all the same. One of our newest pen additions, the Sheaffer Sagaris in Gloss Wine, is paired with Pelikan Brilliant Red ink. Although the Sagaris we chose is burgundy in color, we wanted to showcase a different red ink that was unique and would hopefully surprise you.

All the below work was done by Joe O. Joe didn’t use the Sagaris to create these images, but he had it in mind as he worked with the ink and decided they’d make a good pair.

Lately Joe has been experimenting with a syringe, making ink droplets on paper. Joe was more methodical about how he watered it down the ink. He created a scale of 9 values to work with, ranging from pure ink at the high end of the scale and a nearly clear mixture of water and ink on the lowest end.

Here’s a little time-lapse video of Joe creating his ink droplets:

As for the image of Bill Murray below, Joe was reminded of the psychomagnothermic ooze or “mood slime” that flowed beneath the streets of New York in the movie, ‘Ghost Busters II’. So with the syringe, the scaled ink, some correction fluid, and an image of the great Bill Murray, he went to work.


Hope y’all have a happy Monday!

2017-10-11T14:01:33+00:00 August 4th, 2014|Monday Matchup|21 Comments
  • Enchanted

    WoW. Just wow. You have an amazing gift Joe O.

  • snedwos

    The way the pink and orange components trade prominence as the value changes is really interesting!

  • Scott Rogers

    Brilliant exploration of the ink – almost shocking the variety of hues that emerge as it's further and further diluted. Also, bonus props from this native Minnesotan for the "uff da"!

  • Freddy

    I so enjoy these pen/ink match ups that showcase Joe's wonderful talent. I hope they will remain a regular feature.

  • RandomCommenter7

    That looks amazing! Especially love the close-up of the droplets. I'm really looking forward to these Monday matchups to see what great stuff you come up with.

  • anaximander70

    Kind of amazing he got all those drops down before some of the first ones started evaporating. Nice to know that east-coast humidity is good for something.

  • Julie (O-kami)

    Lovely ink and what a cool technique, thanks for the great post

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Haha I guess the only thing it's good for, huh?

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Glad you are enjoying them! We have a lot of fun putting them together and I know Joe loves doing the art.

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    I don't see them going anywhere anytime soon 😉

  • Miss Thundercat

    HOLY COW! that is awesome! thanks for showing us a bit more about the process. as someone who creates art myself I am always interested to see other people's creative process 🙂 very inspiring! What is Joe using the droplet tests for besides just showing off the coolness of it? 🙂

  • alice

    What kind of paper is he using?

  • I know, right? He gets in this zen-like state and this stuff just pours out of him 🙂

  • it is! he was playing around with different dilutions to get it to do that.

  • I have to admit, I didn't know what it meant 😉

  • thanks Julie! We never know what Joe's gonna come up with.

  • Nothing else, really, he's just experimenting!

  • Y'know, that is a good question. I know he's been doing most of his stuff on Stillman and Birn Zeta, but I don't know if that's what he used here.

  • TrixieinDixie

    Joe's artwork continues to amaze and delight me!

  • Shirley Hooper

    Positively brilliant! How long did it actually take to create all those drops?

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Not sure, Shirley, but I think a good bit! Maybe an hour or two?