Monday, January 25, 2016
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Blue Medium Nib with Diamine Night Sky: Monday Matchup 79
Happy Monday friends! Margaret here for this week's Monday Matchup. I was so excited to get the chance to use the new-to-Goulet Fountain K pen from Karas Kustoms. We just launched this brand last week, and I couldn't wait to ink it up with Diamine Night Sky!
With the new year upon us, I've been thinking on all the things I want to do this year. When you actually list out some of your dreams or plans, it can be pretty intimidating as some seem too big or too impossible. But I found this quote from Lemony Snicket that reminded me to go for them this year. The quote reads, "If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives." Maybe you're waiting until you're ready to buy a house, move to a new city, or apply for your dream job. Whatever it is, don't let fear stop you! I tried to capture this in my matchup this week. Now onto this gorgeous pen and ink combination...
I started by writing the quote in pencil, and went over it with the pen and ink. I went back and outlined the words "ready" and "waiting" again to make them stand out a bit more on the page. I then began to work on the city scene. I went for a pretty basic drawing of city buildings, and to me this represents the idea of trying something new. I sketched each rectangle in pencil first, allowing some to overlap with one another, and then went over the outline with a brush pen. I wanted to make each building different so I sketched some windows, some horizontal lines and some vertical lines. I wasn't going for perfection here, but more of a sketch. I finished by using an ink syringe to splatter the ink above the buildings representing the beautiful night sky.
Let me tell you - I loved using both this pen and ink! The Fountain K has an industrial feel to it, different than the the Pilot Metropolitan or Lamy Safari I'm usually writing with. The medium nib was super smooth and the right amount of thickness. The threads were noticeable but not uncomfortable, and I loved the durability of the pen as well. I definitely wasn't scared of damaging this pen in any way. I also really liked the look of the speckled raw grip - it paired so well with the blue aluminum body.
And this ink! Diamine Night Sky can be layered to create tons of different effects. The silver shimmer showed beautifully even with the medium nib. What I loved being able to do was layer the dark black ink with a brush pen, let it dry and come back with the pen and draw over it. The silver shimmer really popped on top of the dark ink, but don't forget to give the bottle a good shake to get the shimmer moving! I personally haven't worked with an ink that allowed me to do that, so I was pleasantly surprised. One thing that I encountered was a bit of clogging with the shimmer. I took a brass sheet to my nib about half way through my project and flossed the tines to clean them out, and then I was back in action.
I would definitely recommend this pen and ink to both fountain pen newbies and enthusiasts. You can customize your Fountain K color, grip and nib size to your liking, choosing different colors to match your college colors, or to make it look more professional. This ink would be wonderful to use for sketching, as well as note taking too.
Did you know Monday Matchup is also an Instagram contest that happens each Monday at noon? Follow us on Instagram, match a fountain pen and ink, share a picture of your match, and be entered to win by tagging us (@gouletpens) and using the hashtag #mondaymatchupgiveaway. Be sure to click on the hashtag to see what everyone else is matching that week!
You can find the Fountain K Blue available at Gouletpens.com for $75. (I choose to use a tumbled raw aluminum grip and think it paired beautifully) Diamine Night Sky is available in a 50 ml bottle for $20 or as a 2 ml ink sample for $1.50.
Have you ever been surprised with the versatility of one ink?