Noodler’s Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1mm nib: Monday Matchup #87

Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib

Hi everyone! Margaret here. I’m excited to let you know that it’s officially Spring here in Virginia. Along with allergies, come flowers in bloom and longer days with more sunlight. For this week’s Monday Matchup, I wanted to capture some of the beauty that this season brings.

To create my matchup, I got to work using a Lamy Joy with a 1.1mm stub nib and the beautiful Noodler’s Apache Sunset. I first found this fitting Audrey Hepburn quote and went from there, perusing Pinterest for some flower inspiration. I wrote the quote out using the pen and then drew a faint circle around it in pencil. I drew over the circle with the pen, but had to adjust how I was holding the pen so that the stub nib was at the right angle. Then, the exciting part, flowers!

For the flowers and leaves, I used both a brush pen and the Lamy Joy. I dipped the brush pen into the cap of the Apache Sunset bottle and did the outlines of some of the flowers. I let them dry and went back over them with the pen, adding in some of the darker color and defining lines. I didn’t have much of a plan about where to put each leaf or flower, so it all just kind of came to be. This was a fun one to do, and I really wouldn’t change much about it.

I loved working this pen and ink! The pen’s design is a bit unique with the long tapered barrel. Overall, I found it really easy to work with. I think this pen would be a good fit for those who enjoy sketching.
What’s great about the Lamy Joy is that you can buy replacement nibs and
change up the writing experience if you’re interested. It’s also
incredibly lightweight, making it easy to use over a long period of

I’m going to say it – I think everyone should own this ink! It’s so versatile that I can imagine so many different uses for it. It would be great for writing lists, sketching, writing thank you notes, etc. This ink is one of my favorites! It’s hard to believe that one ink
can have so many different shades. I love how it changes from yellow to
orange, depending on how much ink you put down. It’s even included in Brian’s top 7 shading inks. The 1.1mm nib really helped
show off the shading that Noodler’s Apache Sunset is capable of. I also was
impressed with how well the Rhodia pad featured the ink as well.

Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib
Noodler's Apache Sunset with Lamy Joy 1.1 nib

You can find the Lamy Joy Calligraphy Fountain Pen – Black, 1.1mm Stub available at for $28. Noodler’s Apache Sunset is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml sample for $1.25 

Good news – you’ve got a chance to win this pen and ink! Visit our Instagram profile for more details on how to enter our Monday Matchup Giveaway.

What is your favorite shading ink?

Write on, 

2017-10-11T14:00:51+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Monday Matchup|17 Comments
  • Always very nice articles!

  • Tom Johnson

    Margaret, what a wonderful intro to Spring! I love what you did with Apache Sunset, I’m going to have to add it to my arsenal of inks. My two favorite shading inks are Black Swan in Australian Roses and Lexington Gray, I usually have one or two pens inked up with them. Neither as bright and sparkling as Apache Sunset. Love the quote and the artwork.

    • Hi Tom! Have you tried Apache Sunset before? I love Noodler’s BSAR as well. At first I wasn’t a fan of shading inks, but now they are some of my favorites!

      • Tom Johnson

        Margaret, I think I still have a couple of samples that I got a long time ago (like 2 years). Someone on FPN had a recipe for mixing Apache Sunset with Golden Brown (I think) to duplicate Ancient Copper. I tried it and it wasn’t that close. I’ll dig the samples out and work with Apache Sunset some more. I know it is one of the most popular non-black or blue inks there is – a favorite of nearly everyone at Goulet! I want to try it in a 1.5mm nib or some Parallel pens.

        • Great idea about trying it in the Parallel pens. Let me know how it works when you give it a try 🙂

  • Jenn H.

    Apache Sunset – one of the first bottles of ink I purchased and one of my ongoing loves. I try to always keep something inked with it.

  • MarlaBee

    Beautiful, inspiring work, Margaret. Thanks for putting in the time to show us “Apache Sunset Over Fleur du’Margaret”! (My French is rusty but you sure aren’t). Thanks again….another two items from Goulet I can’t resist!

  • Deidre Kruser

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I love this quote and color is so cheery. Can you tell me what you mean by a brush pen? I really like the variety of color that you were able to achieve with this!

  • Kathy

    Another beautiful Monday Matchup! So much talent at Team Goulet! I have a sample of Apache Sunset, and have to try it. Margaret, you made that ink magical. I’m not sure how practical it is, but who cares? It’s gorgeous!

    • Hi Kathy! You definitely have to try it – Apache Sunset is really one of my favorites 🙂

  • Uniotter

    Nice job, Margaret! I do love Apache Sunset too, even though I don’t usually go for orange shades. Other nice shading inks I like: Diamine Prussian Blue, Syrah, and Golden Brown, Iroshizuku Ina-ho, De Atramentis Mint Turquoise and Aubergine, and Private Reserve Electric DC Blue.

    • Hi Uniotter! DA Mint Turquoise is definitely a favorite. Have you tried Sheaffer Turquoise? It’s another great shading ink. 🙂

  • Soslan Lokhov

    Apache Sunset is a beautiful color, but not a good flow even with m lamy.