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 Gouletpens.com 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!