Hey, fountain pen friends, Madigan here, feeling very fresh! I paired the lovely Kaweco Skyline Sport Mint in Extra-fine with Private Reserve Spearmint cartridges. The Kaweco Sport fountain pens are my favorite pocket pens. Adorable and oh-so-portable, they are also super smooth writers. I’ve been in love with the Mint Skyline Sport since it arrived sometime last spring. I even bought one for myself… which was promptly lost when I loaned it to a friend. Womp womp.
I wanted to try it again, just to make sure that I really truly loved it, before buying a pen I’d already purchased. It’s still smooth, light, and has that minty color that looks perfect with my Emerald Leuchtturm notebook.
My inspiration for this piece came from the minty name in both the pen and ink. With the weather warming up here in Virginia, I’m looking forward to hot nights, sitting on my front porch, and sipping a little something delicious. A mojito is my choice of cocktail when it’s hot out, so I thought I’d share my recipe with you all.
To start out, I took another notebook and wrote down the instructions with a little help from the internet. It’s been awhile since I made one and I wanted to make sure I got the steps right. Next, I took a Rhodia No. 18 pad and using a pencil, outlined where I wanted the title, ingredients, and instructions. I drew the swirls to differentiate different parts of the work. With the basic outline done, I moved on to making it permanent.
Taking a sheet of Tomoé River paper in white, I placed it over my Rhodia paper outline, adjusting it so that the title would be in the middle. Using the Kaweco, I went over the title and drew the swirls. To make them even, I turned the Rhodia paper over and copied the reverse onto the left side. Next, I drew the ingredients and wrote the name next to them. I used the same flipping the paper technique to draw the next swirly mint leaf page break.
It was time to move onto the drink picture! I was a little intimidated to take this on. While it seems like a simple enough thing, drawing a glass filled with liquid and ice was actually quite daunting to take on. I had the outline on the paper, but I’d be filling in the details. I drew in the ice and the basics of the mint leaves and limes in the cup. I decided to give it a watery look, so I took a brush pen filled with water and brushed it over the nib of the Kaweco to get a little bit of ink on the tip. I used that to fill in the “liquid’ in the cup. It looked pretty good! I realized that there was a lot of variation in the ink color depending on the water to ink ratio, so I was able to create dimensions by applying different levels of ink.
Using this technique, I drew the mint leaves as bullet points and wrote the instructions next to them. Once the ink had dried, I used the pen to outline the mint leaves and draw in veins to make them look more real. I did the same thing to the ends of the swirls, to make it look like mint leaves.
I loved both the pen and the ink! The ink has beautiful shading and allowed for a lot of variation in color depending on how saturated the application. The nib on this pen is wonderfully smooth and, since I have small hands, it fit perfectly in my hand whether posted or unposted.
If I were to do this piece again, I’d practice drawing the mint more. I struggled to make it look like actual mint leaves. It doesn’t help that there are tons of different mint varieties out there!! I didn’t settle on one before I started or decide if I wanted to the leaves to appear jagged or smooth. I might pick a different color ink as well- something that matched the body of the pen more closely like Diamine Soft Mint.
This pen would work well in a lot of different situations. It’s smooth, light, and wonderfully portable, so it would be ideal for note taking, as your purse pen, or for journaling. The color makes it stand out, so, unless you want to draw attention to yourself, maybe leave this one out of the work meeting.
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