Monday, February 29, 2016

Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin with a Platinum Maki-e Brush Pen - Fuji Mountain and Blossoms: Monday Matchup #84

Hello Monday Matchup fans! Jenni here, writing to you about my latest match up, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin with a Platinum Maki-e Brush Pen in Fuji Mountain and Blossoms. Confession: I've recently become a little obsessed with brush pens. I've discovered a few Instagram accounts with gorgeous writing and they have inspired me to sign up for an online brush lettering course. Don't worry- fountain pens still hold a very special place in my heart, but a person can have more than one type of pen to hold and love, right?

I picked this particular brush pen because of the gorgeous design. Clearly it was created with a lot of care. I've been on the lookout for a new favorite orange ink but had never used a Pelikan Edelstein ink before. I thought that the color matched the lighter colors on the pen perfectly. However, while brainstorming the idea for the piece, the beauty of the design on the pen kept distracting me. I just kept imaging mountains and wildflowers! I found the quote and thought that the flowers in the quote would resonate with the flowers on the pen. I got super excited and started to draw and write.

I knew that the foundations of the piece were going to be the girl's eye and the flowers. I used a pencil to draw her face, her eye and the flowers on her headdress. I knew I wanted to create sweeping movement in her hair to show her dancing and have the writing spelled out in the locks of hair. Filling the brush pen with ink, I started to create the hair. Quickly I realized that the ink was super saturated and I couldn't get any color variation. I was also struggling to get different line widths. I have a bit of a heavy hand (I have the damaged nibs to prove it!) and was laying down a ton of ink. I stopped before I made an even bigger mess and reassessed the situation.

I removed the ink from the brush pen and filled it with water instead. I added a drop or two of ink to the mixture, and was able to get a lot more color variation that way. However, I wasn't getting the super dark or light hues that I wanted. Eventually, I took an ink syringe and squirted ink on the page to get my desired effect. Using the brush pen, I swept the ink out to get highly saturated thick lines.

I like a lot of things about this pen. The brush tip is really nice. It stays at a point and doesn't splay across the page. A lot of brush pens I've written with don't keep their form so you can't get a clean edge on the line. This pen didn't have that problem. I do wish the tip was a bit thinner because I would have been able to get more variation in my lines.

Orange is my favorite color and this ink had a lot of great color variation, so I loved working with it. If you are looking for a great shading ink, this is a good alternative to Noodler's Apache Sunset. At least when writing with a brush pen.

If I were to do this again, I would redo the piece. I'm not super happy with how it turned out. I quickly realized that working with a brush pen is much different than a fountain pen. You even have to hold it differently! I would adjust my pressure and take more time to be conscious of the line width I was making. You have to treat the pen delicately to get the thin lines, something I wish I knew before starting the piece. All in all, this was a fantastic learning experience. I'll definitely try this pen again once I get more brush pen experience.

I'd recommend this match to other brush lettering artists. Like I said, the tip of the brush is really great. It's not going to be an everyday writer, but if you are creating artistic letters it's a great refillable option.

You can find the Platinum Maki-e Brush Pen - Fuji Mountain at Gouletpens.com for $40. Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin is available in 50ml bottles for $27.80 or 2ml ink samples for $2.50. Give them a shot! You won't be disappointed.

Have you ever used a pen that you enjoyed even though you weren't getting the exact results you wanted?

Write on,

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