Hi guys! Sarah here, writing to you about my newest matchup: Lamy Charged Green Cartridges with a Lamy Charged Green Al-Star. This is the newest pen in the special edition Lamy line up, and as soon as I saw it, I couldn't wait to get it in my hands. I really liked the chartreuse shade of green and I was curious to see what the ink was about.
I chose to go with a medium nib since it was the biggest nib size available at the time that I wrote this. Since the ink was a lighter shade, I thought the medium width would help show off the ink. As for the inspiration, I've been on an avocado kick lately (don't avocados make anything better??), and the color of the Charged Green was strikingly similar. It falls into the greenish/yellow arena, much like the inside of an avocado. I was hoping that when I layered the ink, it'd build up to a darker green like the outside.
I grabbed a Tomoé River white tablet and got started. Since I knew I wanted to use some ink washing techniques, I decide I needed more access to the ink. I punctured the end of a cartridge and extracted the ink inside with an ink syringe. I had a Goulet Empty Ink Sample Vial nearby, so I emptied the syringe into it. Now I had some ink to work with for my brush pens and q-tips!
First, I wrote out the quote in pencil the center of the page. I wanted to get the spacing right and then add in all of my avocados. Using the Charged Green Al-Star, I went over the writing. After doing it once, I realized it was really light colored and difficult to read. I went over it two more times before I was satisfied with the legibility.
Next, I sketched out the avocados in pencil. Dipping my brush pen into the ink sample I'd made, I went over the areas that I wanted to have a lot of ink in. I was hoping to be able to create layers and get multiple shades of green, however, this ink was pretty saturated and didn't have a lot of color variation in it. I let the piece dry before adding in definition and cross hatching to build out the dimensions and add in shadows and texture. I also threw in some cilantro, because doesn't that just go perfectly with avocados?
I love Lamy Al-Stars! They are just such dependable pens. The flow of the ink and the nib felt great on the paper. However, I think the ink would have been better in a wider nib, like a broad or stub. It is such a light color, so being able to write with a wider line and increased ink flow would have helped it stand out against the page more.
If I did this piece again, I might go with a different ink. I really wanted darker undertones to this ink to be able to create more depth, and I think Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin would have been a comparable and more legible match. That being said, I think this ink would make a great match for editing, if you aren't a fan of red. It'll gently highlight mistakes without bringing harsh attention to them.
You can find the Lamy Charged Green Al-Star at Gouletpens.com for $37.60. Lamy Charged Green ink is available in ink cartridges for $4.50. You can also find a 50ml bottle for $10.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.
Are you a fan of this year's Special Edition Lamy Al-Star and ink? I'd love to know what you think!