Hi, everyone! My name is Lydia. I'm a Community Coordinator here at Goulet and I'm super excited to share my first Monday Matchup with you.
To preface this piece, I must admit that I am OBSESSED with Gone With The Wind. I've read the book countless times and watched the movie even more than that. I have a pretty detailed mental history of the movie production and all it's hiccups. I even went so far as to get a tattoo directly snatched from a scene in the movie. I simply cannot get enough of Scarlett O'Hara and her saga of a life. As Timothy Dalton said, "it's a soap opera in all its glory. It is superb and memorable." So, naturally, I drew Monday Matchup inspiration from a source I knew well.
I chose the Platinum Balance Green and De Atramentis Petrol to pay homage to my favorite heroine. This pen and ink both reminded me of Scarlett O'Hara's famous curtain dress and I knew in that moment exactly what my matchup was going to feature. I decided that the first line of the novel was a super fitting way to sum up the character of Scarlett in a few short lines. I also wanted to do a bold design of some sort so I took inspiration from a past craft project I did (my hand painted cornhole game boards) and decided to go with a silhouette of Scarlett and Rhett.
I grabbed a sheet of the Tomoe River paper and started outlining my silhouette and mocking up the quote in pencil. I really liked the way I had it all laid out so I got to work outlining everything with the pen. I got about halfway through the quote and disaster struck. I am left handed so I have to be extra careful not the smudge things as I write. Unfortunately, I got a little too close to an especially juicy letter and smudged the ink all over the line I was working on. So I had to start over. The second time around, I decided to free hand the middle two lines of the quote and try not to replicate my oopsie with the tracing. It went much smoother that time. I then set my sights on my silhouette. I outlined it, then attacked the shading in batches, coloring in a small block at a time and then leaving it to dry for a few minutes before coming back to do a new part. Overall, I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
I really liked this pen. It had a good, solid weight to it but it wasn't too heavy, just enough to feel it in my hand and not feel like I had to be super gentle with it. The ink was nice and wet. My lefty-ness aside and minus the fact that I was doing a highly saturated design, the petrol ink was fantastic and well behaved. Once I got a feel for how the ink flowed and worked with the paper, it was much easier to anticipate and work with the ink. I LOOOOOOOVE the color and it shades very nicely. I think this ink would be good for letter writing for sure. It is not hard on the eyes but is still a fun change up from everyday ink choices. It could be fun to use for note taking as well.
If I were to do this again, I would probably play around with the ink just a little more before starting my drawing to get a feel for the wetness and avoid the smudging fiasco. I also might be a little more intentional about my spacing and word placement so I wouldn't run out of space. All in all, I'm super happy with how my drawing turned out and I love this ink and pen match up. They were so fun to work with.
You can find the Platinum Balance Green at Gouletpens.com for $43.20. De Atramentis Petrol ink is available in 2 ml ink samples for $1.30 or 35 ml bottles for $12.95.
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