Hi there Monday Matchup fans! It’s me, Jenni, writing to you about the great pen and ink combo I picked for this week. I paired a Noodler’s Tinian Treasure Flex fountain pen with Faber-Castell Cobalt Blue to make this wintry creation.
My favorite thing about winter is going outside on a cold morning and seeing the grass and trees covered in frost. I oddly find the frozen plants really beautiful. I picked this pen and ink because I wanted to recreate that beautiful scene in my work.
To get started, I took my pencil and outlined the shape of the vines, framing the picture and leaving the middle blank for writing. I took the fountain pen and went over the vines, creating thick, twisting, shapes. Then I took a brush pen, filled it with water and about three drops of ink. I used this to create the lightest parts of the flowers. I allowed the piece to dry, and then took the same brush pen and dipped the tip into the ink cap to get a darker hue. Again, I waited for it to dry while adding more ink to the brush pen. I used this dark water and ink mixture to create the darkest parts on the flowers. After it dried, I outlined each of them with the pen.
I took my pencil and wrote out the quote in the blank center space. I knew I wanted to create a halo effect around the writing, so I used the brush pen to go over the pencil at first. After it dried, I used the pen to go over the writing several times, creating thick lines that really stood out from the page. Next, I took the brush pen to the written words, bleeding the ink out to make a more gradual change from the lightest to the darkest. I came back to it once it had dried and realized I wanted it darker still, so I used the pen to go over it once more. Thankfully, I really liked how it turned out!
I hadn’t used Faber-Castell ink before, so I was surprised about a lot of different aspects of this ink. First of all, it dried quickly which was great! I was moving fast on the border part of this work and didn’t have to worry about my hand smearing the ink. When I was layering it, some pretty purple hues came out which I was not expecting at all. I loved how this made it an even better match to the blue and purple pen!
I’ve used a lot of flex pens and own several Konrad Acrylic pens, 5 in fact. I knew that I enjoyed working with them, but hadn’t broken one in in awhile. I forgot how they can sometimes have hard starts and be a bit scratchy at first. I had to adjust the nib a little bit to stop the hard starts. That being said, I knew what I was getting into and understood why the pen was behaving the way it did.
If I were to do this work again, I’d definitely heat set the nib before getting started. I think that would have taken care of any of the hard starting issues and let the ink flow better. If you are thinking about getting a Noodler’s Flex Pen, I suggest checking out Brian’s video on Heat Setting a Noodler’s Nib before purchasing.
I’d recommend this pen and ink match to an artist, journalers, or people interested in line variation in their writing. The ink was great and could be used in a number of circumstances- even for work! The pen is better suited to short writing sessions, not for note taking or essay writing.
You can find the Noodler’s Tinian Treasure fountain pen at GouletPens.com for $40. Faber-Castell Cobalt Blue ink is available in 75ml bottles for $30, packs of ink cartridges for $3.50, or 2ml ink samples for $1.50. See the entire Noodler’s Konrad Acrylic collection here. If you’d like a chance to win a flex pen, enter our Monday Matchup Instagram contest which happens each Monday at noon. Follow us on Instagram for more details.