J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen with a Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice: Monday Matchup #100

Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen.

Hello there, fountain pen lovers! Whitney here, bringing you my Monday Matchup of J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen and a Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice. I’ve always wanted to try a Conklin pen and this matchup finally gave me the chance.

I like to find inspiration for my artwork in the names of the pen or ink. So since this ink carries a floral name, I knew I wanted to do a piece related to that theme. I am also fascinated by the old school botanical illustrations so I wanted to replicate that. I figured a Secret Garden quote would be a perfect compliment to that type of drawing.

To start out this project, I grabbed a pencil and lightly sketched marked out my space and planned my design and quote. I don’t normally like to use pencil because I hate erasing and the mess it leaves behind. After I got the design just right, I went over it with the pen and ink. I also wrote in the quote. Once I had the design fully outlined, I went over it with a brush pen to fill it in and spread the ink. I let that dry fully and touched up the edges with the pen again to make sure the lines were all crisp.

I liked using this pen and ink, but they are not my personal favorites. I typically write with extra fine nibs because my handwriting is so small. The Fine nib on the Conklin was just not fine enough for me. For most people, however, I think, this nib would be fine. I wanted to branch out and try new things when doing these matchups so it was a fun experience to try out the Conklin. I am not a huge fan of fluorescent bright inks and the color I achieved when I used the brush pen on this ink was especially too bright for my taste. I did appreciate that the Rose Cyclamen did not lift as much as the Dark Lilac ink I used in my last matchup though. It was a little more color fast under water.

I think this pen and ink would be good for any type of writing task. You can’t write extremely small with this pen so maybe not good for someone who takes small, detailed notes. But it would be great for journaling, letter writing, note taking in most cases, and any other writing or sketching you have. If I were to do this matchup again, I would try to find a tamer, more toned down ink to use, but it is still a pretty ink.

Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen.
Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen. Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen. Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen.
Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen.
Secret Garden illustration in Rose Cyclamen Pink ink, drawn with a Conklin Duragraph fountain pen.
You can find the Conklin Duragraph Cracked Ice for $44 at GouletPens.com. J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen is available in a 30ml bottle for $11 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.40. 
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Have you ever tried an ink that you ultimately found too bright for your taste?

Write on,
Whitney

2017-10-11T14:00:48+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Monday Matchup|8 Comments
  • Julia Traver

    Rose Cyclamen is one of my favourite pinks. I do own several Conklins, but not the Duragraph. In addition, I really like the art and the way you did the lettering today ;-).

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Thanks, Julia. Whitney is so talented. Which Conklins do you have?

  • I love bright inks – including this one. Some of the bright yellow inks are difficult to read, but in general – the brighter the better! Great drawing.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I agree, Christine! Love bright colors. They’re so fun. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    Whitney, this is just wonderful, I love the quote, the writing, and the ink and pen. The artwork too, the rose and thistle blooms are perfect. I love thistle blooms, and have two coming up around our house now, hope they come to bloom. I use nibs from Platinum EF to stub sizes. For most of my writing I probably use the Japanese F or German EF nibs, like you. But, when I can write larger I use a Japanese M and the stub nibs. Just depends on what I’m doing, where I’m writing. I do love this Rose Cyclamen ink. It was a Monday Matchup and an ink review that led to me getting a bottle of Noodler’s Rachmaninoff ink, which I use for notes, editing, (like a red ink) in a Platinum F nib. I once bought a bottle of Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Orange (knowing it was a highlighter ink when I ordered it), but it looked like it would be a good ink to use for editing or proof marks. Not only was it bright, but it too was hard to read, even after adding some Noodler’s Fox red ink to darken it. I wanted an ink that was highly visible, but I also wanted it to be readable too. Rachmaninoff is what I wanted. i think Rose Cyclamen would be too, from your work here. Thanks for a great Monday Matchup.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I am so glad to hear that Rachmaninoff was the perfect solution for you, Tom. I really is an awesome ink. I never though of using it as an editing ink but I love that idea now that you said it!

  • Uniotter

    Great drawing, Whitney! Thank you for being so honest about your experiences. I do love this ink, and I have a Conklin Duragraph in orange. It’s a smooth writer and a great value for the price. I missed the Goulet sale on the Cracked Ice version, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up one of these days. Funny that you found the fine nib a bit too broad….the medium nib I have is on the fine side of medium!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Interesting how everyone experiences their pens differently! I haven’t written with a duragraph much to weigh in but it is very funny to see how everyone feels differently about certain pens. 🙂