Hey there Monday Matchup Fans! It's Madigan here, for Monday Matchup #85. I've been dying to try the Monteverde Impressa Pearl Silver/Blue since we put together the Winter Favorites blog a couple of months ago. I was intrigued by the pearlescent body and pretty blue trim. It is such a unique looking design and color! As for the ink, since I reviewed Monteverde Green back in August, I've wanted to give another Monteverde ink a try. I decided to go with Monteverde Blue because it matched the pen. I was not disappointed by this deep, rich ink.
As for the inspiration for the piece itself, I have to confess that as a former kindergarten teacher, I occasionally get kids songs stuck in my head. I never removed the songs I used to teach from my iPod, so occasionally I'll get blasted by an oh-so-familiar song and have it spinning around in my head for days. Sometimes the only way to get it out, is to write it down. So that's what I decided to do. I inked up this beautiful fountain pen and got started.
Since I knew I didn't want to erase on Tomoé River paper, I took a sheet and a pencil and outlined the man and the boat. I wrote the quote above it as well, and then took a fountain pen filled with black ink and outlined the whole thing. That way, I had the general location and placement for the words and the main figure. I took a fresh sheet of paper and using the Impressa, wrote out the quote above the boater. Then, I took the pen and followed the outline of the man and the boat, leaving the bottom part of the boat off. I followed the lines of the oars, without finishing the paddles so I could give the illusion that they were dipping into water.
Because the pen I chose was a 1.1mm stub, I was getting nice, juicy, thick lines. That made filling in man and the oars so much easier! I really loved how the pen and ink worked together. The flow was steady without skipping. I was able to quickly fill up the white space in the center of the outline. I did the same thing with the boat, leaving a little space between lines to give it texture. Finally, I took a brush pen filled with water and dipped it directly into the ink bottle. I brushed it over the bottom of the boat to give the illusion of water, letting it gradually get whiter and whiter. I did the same thing to where the "water" hit the "oars". I then went over the man to blend the ink together a bit more. I decided there was too much white space, but I didn't want to add anything big to the picture. Taking a small paint brush, I dipped it into the ink and flicked it over the top part of the painting, creating ink splatters.
I seriously loved this pen and ink, and especially how they worked together. Maybe it was because they were from the same brand, but the flow from the pen was phenomenal. Sometimes, I feel like the stub nibs are a little dry because of the necessary flow to the wider nib, but that was not the case here. And the ink! Such a wonderful vibrant blue. Maybe not as flashy as say, Diamine Majestic Blue or Visconti Blue, but still beautiful to look at and well behaved while writing.
To be honest, I don't think I'd change anything about the way I did this one. The pen, ink, paper, and subject matter worked perfectly together. I think because I kept it simple, it wasn't much of a struggle. I think there is a lesson there...
I think this ink would work perfectly in any number of situations - school, work, journaling or for art. If you are looking for a solid blue, this one will do the trick. The stub nib makes the pen a little more complicated, but it could do well for letter writing or note taking. Like I said, it had nice flow so you could write quickly with it.
Have you ever tried a pen and ink that seemed to be made for each other? What was the combination?