Monday, December 28, 2015

Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai with Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue: Monday Matchup #75

Hi there, fountain pen friends! Zippy here. I got the winter blues for this week's Monday Matchup. I picked Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai and paired it with a Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue fountain pen with a fine nib. I chose this color combination because it felt cool and wintry. I'd tried the ink before but I'd never used a Sheaffer. I'm happy to report that this combination exceeded my expectations, especially the pen!

I wanted to create a scene of openness, and mountains immediately sprang to mind. From a distance, mountains can make you feel small or fenced in, but while standing atop them, you get a feeling of liberation. I also equate openness with simplicity. I wanted to bring that feeling to life with my pen and ink, so I got to work.

I started out with a pencil, sketching the treeline and mountains. I took the Sheaffer and went over the outlines. I liked the thin line the fine nib produced! It was now time to do the shading. I knew I wanted to contrast the darkness of the treeline with the lighter mountains, leaving the snow caps bright white. I took an empty brush pen and dipped the tip into the lid of the bottle of ink. I got as much ink as possible and spread it through the trees, creating a deep blue ink wash. Then, I filled the brush pen with water and moved on to the mountains, dipping the tip in the cap, and creating a much lighter shade of blue. I was able to gauge a happy medium shade for the sky after finishing the ink wash for those two parts of the work.

I liked working with this pen and ink a lot! I have to say, I was not exactly a fan of Sheaffer before trying out this pen. I was impressed with how smooth the nib was. It was also really well balanced, especially unposted. The nib design was also unique and really interesting.

Even though I'd used this ink to write before, I'd never used it in a piece of artwork. I was surprised with how wet it was! It took awhile to dry, but I loved the color so that was OK.

I think this would make a great pen and ink combination for letter writing, especially if you had time for reflection or could set aside the page to dry. Since the ink is so wet, this would be something to use for contemplative writing sessions, not quick notes. If you paired the pen with a different ink, it would work well in professional setting.

The Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue is available at Gouletpens.com for $49.50. You can find Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.

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