After sketching out my design in pencil, I took a brush pen and filled it with water. I then added a few drops of ink and created some of the light areas you see on the paper first. It appeared pretty light, so I dipped q-tips in the ink and then saturated it with water to get varying levels of ink hues on the paper. I created the coral reef scene and once it was done, I picked up the Kaweco and began adding details to my drawing. I had to go over everything a few times to get the color I was looking for. It still wasn't popping off the page enough for me, so I took a q-tip and added more ink to the areas where you see the darkest color. I finished up with the quote at the top of the page, and then added the waves above it. If I were going to do this over again, I would have started out by writing the quote first. By the time I had finished, I didn't leave myself enough room to create bigger waves at the top of the page. I think having larger waves would have helped the scene become a little more recognizable.
I really enjoyed working with this pen and ink, but I wasn't a fan of them together. The medium nib was smooth, but with this particular ink in the pen, the Kaweco skipped and was a bit dry. It wasn't scratchy, but it took some time to get it writing. I loved the ink because of the color variety you can get with it. It was challenging to get a deep shade of it on the paper, but layering it worked fine.
I also tried using the Maruman A4 imagination notepad for the first time and really enjoyed it! The paper buckled just a bit, but overall it held up to all of the water I was using. I layered the ink many times and it really took it well. The only thing that I wasn't crazy about were the title and date lines on each page, but I sketched over them so it wasn't a deal breaker.
I think this pen and ink match would work well for personal journaling or for making to-do or shopping lists. It dried pretty quickly (I only smeared it once while sketching!) so you shouldn't have trouble using it on the go. The petite size of the Kaweco makes it ideal to carry with you in your purse or backpack.
Do you have a pen and ink that you love, but not as a matchup?