Noodler’s Rachmaninoff with a Monteverde Intima Neon Pink: Monday Matchup #86

Noodler's Rachmaninoff and Monteverde Intima Neon Pink with Leuchtturm Sketchbook

Hi guys! Zippy here, sharing my latest Monday Matchup with you. I matched a Monteverde Intima Neon Pink with Noodler’s Rachmaninoff for a bright and cheerful match. I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Monteverde pens, but I like the intense pink of this pen and wanted to try the ink. I thought they would look great together and I was right!

My inspiration for the piece came from the color of the ink. It is such a fun, vibrant color, I felt like the work had to have that same feeling. I wanted to create a piece that encompassed imagination and the whimsy of childhood. The color reminded me of the cheap bubble gum I enjoyed as a child, and the shape of that reminded me of hot air balloons.

I started the work in pencil, sketching out the silhouette of the girl and the bubblegum bubble. I moved to the second page and sketched out the hot air balloons and wrote down the quote. To differentiate the balloons from one another, I drew different, interesting designs. After I was satisfied with the outline and design, it was time to put pen to paper!

I outlined the whole drawing using the pen, starting with the girl and bubble before moving on to the next page. I wanted to get a uniform color for the silhouette, so I filled a brush pen with the ink and applied it to the areas I wanted to be the darkest. The ink was incredibly saturated however, so there was no difference between the lines I had drawn and the “ink wash” I did with the brush pen.

To get some shading in the balloons, I took a brush pen filled with water and tried to make a lighter color by lessening the ink to water ratio. This was surprisingly difficult because the ink is not only highly saturated, it is also super permanent. I had to quickly transfer the color I was working up on a separate sheet to the page I was working on. Eventually, I was able to get the look I was going for, but it took awhile!

I enjoyed working with the pen, but I’m not sure it changed my mind on Monteverdes. I loved the swirls of pink in the pen, but it was a stingy writer until it was broken in. Particularly on the first page outline, I experienced some hard starts and skipping. However, by the second page, it was writing fine. I also didn’t take our own advice and flush the pen before filling it with ink, so that could have been part of the problem.

The ink was so bright it was almost intimidating! It was super permanent, something you don’t usually find in a bright pink ink. From my experience, I can tell you that if you are trying to do ink washes, move on to another ink. This one sinks into the page quickly and doesn’t budge from there.

If I were to do this piece again, I’d try to explore what the ink was capable of. With a little more practice and patience, I can’t help but wonder if I could have gotten different shades in this ink. However, it is so permanent and saturated maybe I couldn’t have done anything to change it. I would have liked to have found out.

This was a really fun match! Certainly not work appropriate, but I would recommend this match to artists or journalers. If you are looking for a permanent bright pink ink, this your only option on the market! The pen would work for students. It would definitely brighten up your note taking experience.

Monteverde Intima Neon Pink Fountain Pen
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink
Noodler's Rachmaninoff Fountain Pen Ink

You can find the fun Monteverde Intima Neon Pink at for $56. Noodler’s Rachmaninoff is available in a 3oz bottle for $18.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

What is your go-to bright pen and ink match?

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:00:51+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Monday Matchup|16 Comments
  • Susan Clarke

    Hi Zippy,
    What notebook are you using, it appears to handle this ink well. You mentioned in your post that the ink went into the paper quickly… I’m guessing it’s Quo Vadis? Thanks (ps.. my least favorite color PINK!) 🙂

    • Hi Susan! Zippy used a Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook, which we will be carrying soon at Goulet Pens 🙂

      • Susan Clarke

        Thanks Margaret! I think the MM is great, perfect combination! Zippy did a great job with her blog post and explaining the ink. The picture is great too. I forgot to mention that in my initial post. I have three daughters and have say that I think I have been PINKed out .. lol — I look forward to purchasing the notebook when they are in stock! Thumbs up to all of you, the GT… =D

  • Tom Johnson

    Zippy, this is a wonderful Monday Matchup! For those of us still trying to get used to getting up an hour earlier, this ink is a huge dose of WAKE UP. Love the quote, and you really put the ink’s idiosyncrasies to work for you. The quote is wonderful. The heavy saturation and lack of shading seem to be somewhat unique in a bright color ink. This ink would be great in a Pilot Parallel pen for posters and other art work where you would want a permanent ink. I also think it would make an eye-popping highlighter ink in a fountain pen or a preppy highlighter or marker. I think my go-to bright ink is probably Iroshizuku Yama-budo. I don’t have a matching pen for it, it is in a bronze Sheaffer Prelude pen (late 90’s). Your art is so attention grabbing, thanks for waking me up.

    • Hi Tom – this ink definitely is bright! I would be interested to see how it works in a Parallel like you mentioned. And you can’t go wrong with Yama-budo! 🙂

  • Zippy, I'm in love with this match up!

    However, I'm sorry to hear you aren't a huge fan of Monteverde pens. I have an Invinca that I adore. That being said, when I had the opportunity to play around with an Intima recently I didn't like it either. I found the nib scratchy and didn't like the balance of the pen.

    You HAVE inspired me!

  • Kathy

    I have this same pen in the 1.1 stub and love it. I haven’t had any issues with it. I usually have it inked with Diamine Hope Pink or Wild Strawberry. I’ve never tried this Noodler’s ink, but I think I’m going to!

    Love your artwork, Zippy, and your description of the process. The balloons are so cool!

    • Hi Kathy! Diamine Hope Pink is one of my favorites, and would definitely be a good match for this pen. I’m glad to hear you like the stub nib 🙂

  • I don’t like pink, but I love bright and I love Noodler’s. I’d definitely use that ink if I had it, although I have always dreaded using pink markers and pens when I had some. I guess their color was too soft for my liking. This one is a punch right in the retina, in a good way! I don’t personally own bright pens (I do have about ten cheap Jinhaos that are colored, but they’re not really bright) as I’m a fan of blacks and dark blues in general, but I do have Dragon’s Napalm as my bright ink of choice.

    • Hi Amaryllis, this ink is definitely different than other pale or soft pinks! Dragon’s Napalm is a great bright ink – I need to ink up a pen with it soon 🙂

  • Uniotter

    Nice drawing, Zippy! Love the quote and you picked a perfect subject for that ink. I also was happy to learn about this ink, because I have a friend who loves pink. Think this would be perfect for her….thanks for the great review of it!

    • Hi Uniotter! Zippy did such a great job showing off this ink. It is a bit of a thick ink, but the color is really impressive 🙂

  • jane pilecki

    Zippy, this is one of my very favorite drawings on Monday Matchup yet!!! I absolutely love the silhouette of the little girl blowing the bubble!!! And the pink is fabulous. The whole drawing is fabulous!!!

    • Hi Jane! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Do you have a favorite pink ink?

      • jane pilecki

        I have 2 favorites! Carnation in the Diamine Flower box, and Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji!

  • Alyx Walker

    This is so funny! This was posted way before I was into fountain pens, but this is the pairing I always have with this ink and pen! I was googling it to read about the particular smell it has and found this picture. So funny!! Great minds think alike 🙂