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Monday, January 4, 2016

Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses with Lamy CP1 Medium Nib: Monday Matchup #76

Hi fountain pen friends - Margaret here with my first Monday Matchup ever! I use fountain pens in my every day life mostly to take notes or write letters. However, I really haven't had a chance to use them for sketching or drawing, so I was excited to have this opportunity.

Since it's the first Monday in the new year, I was thinking about what I want to focus on in 2016. Simplicity is a word I've had in mind, as I often tend to over complicate things. As the quote in my matchup says, it's the simple moments in life that often mean the most. I chose to draw a cupcake because it's a great reminder that the little things in life really are the sweetest!

I chose Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses because I'm a huge fan of the color purple. I knew this particular ink is known for great shading, so I was excited to give it a go. I love Lamy nibs, but had never written with the CP1. I feel like it's a pen that goes unnoticed because the Safari and Al-Star are so popular. I wanted to shine the spotlight on this slim pen. 

I started out by writing the quote in pencil. I wrote a bit bigger than normal as I tried to fill up a lot of the page in the Quo Vadis Habana. After it was written in pencil, I went over it with the CP1 medium nib and erased the pencil once it dried. I then moved on to drawing the cupcake. Again, I started in pencil and drew the outline of the bottom of the cupcake first. Next, I moved on to do the icing and had to take a couple of different tries to get this to look right. I wanted to add swirls to make it look especially delicious. I made the lines first with the CP1 and once those dried, I took a brush pen, dipped it in water and then in the cap of the ink and added the ink wash. I thickened every other line on the cupcake "wrapper" to make it appear as realistic as possible. I finished everything up by adding in the sprinkles, because... everyone loves sprinkles! 

I loved working with this pen and ink. The ink was a beautiful shade of purple that was fairly wet, and offered great shading. It's water resistant, and while the black tone stays put on the paper, the purple is able to move just a bit as water is applied.

The medium Lamy nib was exceptionally smooth making for both an enjoyable writing and sketching experience. The only thing I had to get used to was how slim the pen was. It was a different shape than what I usually write with, but still comfortable to hold. If you want the Lamy experience, but don't love the grip section on the Safari or Al-Star, this is definitely a pen to consider. Another great thing about this pen is that you can purchase replacement nibs to change up the writing experience as you desire.

I could see myself using this pen often for everyday writing or sketching. It's very professional looking, and comes in a nice box, so it would be work appropriate too. The ink would be beautiful to use for correspondence, and for drawing if you're looking for an ink with some water resistance.


Want to win the products featured in my Monday Matchup this week? The contest happens over on our Instagram page 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. Don't forget to click on the hashtag to see what everyone else is matching that week!

You can find the Lamy CP1 available at Gouletpens.com for $56. Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses is available in a 3 oz bottle for $12.50 or as 2ml sample for $1.25.

I'm curious, have you ever written with the CP1?

Write on, 
Margaret

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