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Monday, May 16, 2016

Noodler's Liberty's Elysium with a TWSBI Mini Clear: Monday Matchup #95

Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.

Hi there! Jenni here, bringing you Monday Matchup #95. For this week's match, I paired a TWSBI Mini Clear with a broad nib and Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink. For those of you who don't know, Noodler's Liberty's Elysium is the official Goulet ink. A few years ago, Brian got together with Nathan and came up with an ink that was "Goulet Blue". Liberty's Elysium was the result and is only sold here at the Goulet Pen Company. It is a bright, vibrant blue and I was inspired to create a piece that reflected the process behind creating the ink.

I recently took an online handlettering course and have been exploring that world a lot lately. Surprise, surprise, I'm a bit of a design junkie and like to look to other designers and artists to see what's happening out there. For this work, I was particularly inspired by some of the font and lettering play I've seen on Instagram.

To get started, I grabbed a sheet of Tomoé River paper and my trusty pencil and outlined a large G. Next, I took a bowl and traced a circle around the G to make sure it was perfect. I wanted to play with negative and positive space, so I decided to leave the letter blank and fill in the usually negative space with designs. Using the TWSBI Mini, I drew swirls and lines in this space, creating interesting and dynamic textures. I did these free hand with the pen because I knew from experience that erasing over intricate line work on Tomoé River paper is a recipe for smearing. Then I went over the penciled outline of the G thinly and the outer circle once or twice to make it thick.

Examining the letter I had created, it reminded me of a vintage school letter, kinda like the ones you see on the walls of kindergarten classrooms. They normally say things like "A is for Apple" or "B is for Ball." I decided to fill the rest of the paper with a "G is for Goulet" to match that style. Using my pencil again, I wrote out rest of the work making sure to center it right. I went over it with the pen and ink, and finally, added in the corner pieces to frame it out. I loved what I'd created!

This pen and ink combo is my most favorite Monday Matchup pairing to date! I loved how they worked together. The clear barrel allowed me to watch the ink swish and swirl in the body of the pen. The broad nib really showed off the gorgeous saturation of the ink. I'd thought that Liberty's Elysium was a simple blue, but when paired with a broad nib and Tomoé River, you can really see just how dynamic it is. Additionally, the nib was incredibly smooth and the ink flow was perfect.

I'd recommend this ink to anyone who loves writing! The ink is water resistant so it would be great if you are looking for your writing to stick around for awhile. It got super vibrant in the broad nib, so if you are at a conservative work place, perhaps go with a smaller nib. Otherwise, for the office, journal writing, or in letters, this pen and ink is fantastic. Word to the wise- if you want to see this ink really shine, go with a fountain pen friendly paper. I tried it in a journal I got from an art supply store and was not nearly as impressed.

Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.
Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.
Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.
Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.
Handlettering illustration of the letter G with Noodler's Liberty's Elysium ink and a TWSBI Mini Clear fountain pen.

You can find the TWSBI Mini Clear at Gouletpens.com for $50-$55 depending on the nib size. A 3oz bottle of Noodler's Liberty's Elysium is $12.50. It is also available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Have you used Liberty's Elysium before? What is your favorite bright blue ink? Leave a comment and let me know!

Write on,
Jenni

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