Monday Matchup #65: Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen with Diamine Majestic Blue

Hey there! Sarah here,‘s Product Photographer.

I picked today’s Monday Matchup because, honestly, it seemed like a pen and ink combination that I’d overlooked. I’d never used a Platinum Preppy or Diamine Majestic Blue! I’d also never tried a 30ml Diamine bottle, so I wanted to see what that was like. Brian talks a lot about Majestic Blue around the office, and like many of you, when he suggests something I want to try it. This worked out great because I felt inspired to draw a whale. I chose a Preppy with a Medium nib to make sure the ink sheen was visible, and picked Tomoé River paper for that same reason.

To begin, I sketched out the whale in pencil and then used the Preppy to go over it. I was really surprised at the line width- it wrote more like a broad, creating thick lines. This worked well for me, since it meant I only had to go over the outline once. I then wrote out the quote, and I was pleasantly surprised by the Preppy! I expected it to be a little scratchy but it was actually quite smooth. After the outline and lettering dried, I took a brush pen and dabbing it gently in the cap of the ink, began layering the color. I like to work a bit backwards in that respect, filling in the lightest areas of ink, followed by the darkest lines done with the pen. This worked especially well for this drawing because it made the sheen stand out against the lighter blues.

To finish it all off, I used an ink syringe to do the ink splatters. From working with Emerald of Chivor, I knew that the best way to see shimmer is to put down a lot of ink and let it dry. I wanted to recreate that affect in this work so I took the syringe and filled it up with a drop of ink or two and then pulled it out even more to get more air into it. I squirted the ink out onto the paper and then pulled more air into the syringe without refilling it. That way I was able to get long bursts of thick ink and smaller surrounding splatters. I repeated that process a few times until I was satisfied with the results.

Something I noticed when using this pen and ink combination was that while the converter was easy to use, the bottle was difficult to fill from. The Diamine 30ml bottle is dark colored and it was filled to the brim. It was hard for me to see how far to put the pen into the ink!  I put the pen in too deeply causing some of the ink to overflow (bummer!).

If I were to re-do this work, I’d definitely try a different filling method like using the syringe to fill the converter before putting it on the pen. Other than that, I was really happy about how it turned out! I think I may have to get one of these Platinum Preppy pens for myself…

The Platinum Preppy Blue fountain pen is available at for $3.95. Diamine Majestic Blue is available in an 80ml bottle for $14.95, a 30ml bottle for $7.50, in ink cartridges for $8.50, or 2ml ink samples for $1.25.

What’s your favorite blue ink? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,


2017-10-11T14:09:35+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Monday Matchup|8 Comments
  • Jessica W

    WOW! I beautiful artwork with beautiful ink! This might be my most favourite Monday Matchup thus far!

    • Madigan

      Hi Jessica! Sarah did an AMAZING job with this one. 🙂

  • Bob Cochran

    Hi Sarah, this is a really great revelation for me, and gives me hope that I too can do decently with the Preppy. Mine is in the Fine nib so next time I will order a medium nib. I already have a sample of the Majestic Blue, and my most recent order with my first pad of Tomoe River paper is on the way, so I am good there too. I think your ink sketch of the whale would totally thrill my grandchildren. I must learn how to sketch and attain some skill. Even if I don’t make it in the skill department, the little ones will still have something to remember me by.

    If you produce the videos for Goulet, I want to praise your work. The videos are outstanding in quality, the best I’ve seen in approximately 11 of viewing technical videos. I’ve seen a lot of them. I work with electronic circuits where tiny surface mount parts are the norm, and many times I’ve wanted a video of some circuit or part that has the quality of those I see on this site. Video on, please, video on!

    • Madigan

      Hi Bob! I’m sure your grandchildren would love a whale. I find animals to be one of my favorite things to sketch, especially for children. There are some excellent online tutorials that can be a huge help as well. 🙂

      Sarah is actually our product photographer. Jenni (who will be doing Monday Matchup next week) is our videographer. I’ll make sure she sees this. I’m sure she will be very touched by your comments.

  • Emerson Ranara

    Look at that incredible sheen! Even from the F nib on my Faber-Castell Loom, on cheap copy paper, Majestic Blue WILL SHEEN on certain lines and on parts where the ink pools. Thumbs up to Sarah for this really pretty demonstration!

    • Madigan

      Hey Emerson! Sarah is pretty awesome, as is this ink. It’s great to hear that this ink still sheens under almost all circumstances. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    Sarah, just wonderful artwork and photography. I love it. I have the Preppy pens from EF (0.2) to F (0.3) and M (0.4) and they are great pens. The EF Preppy is the finest pen nib I have ever written with! I also have the Plaisir with a F nib too. The Plaisir is the Preppy with a metal sheathed cap and barrel, all
    parts interchange with the Preppy pens, including the marking and
    highlighting tips. My F nibs seem to vary a bit, some write finer than others, the nib that came with my Plaisir is very close to the one you used here. But, they all write very well, and you certainly used your Preppy to do wonderful work. I have to add Diamine Majestic Blue to my want list, it is amazing ink. Love the quote.

    • Madigan

      Hi Tom! I’d never thought of the two pens like that, but it is pretty amazing how swappable their parts are. Sarah did a remarkable job on this work. You really should try Majestic Blue- it’s a really fun ink. 🙂