Monday, June 6, 2016
Visconti Turquoise with a Pilot Plumix: Monday Matchup #97
My inspiration for this piece came from the realization of just how quickly life can move and the amount of things I miss when I don't intentionally slow down and take in the present moment. The theme I had in mind was the concept of mindfulness.
To begin my piece, I created the outline of the snail shell with a pencil. When I got the shape to look just right, I outlined it with the pen and ink, followed by an ink wash to fill it in. Because the ink is not waterproof, I ended up waiting for the piece to dry and outlining the shell again because the ink moved so much during the wash. Once I got the shell where I wanted it, I moved on to outlining the body and placing the dots on the underside. The dots were originally pretty consistent but I quickly gave that up and applied the dots willy-nilly and free form. I went back and forth quite a few times as to whether I wanted to fill the body in or leave it plain, but I ultimately settled on plain. I feel like that ties much nicer into the theme of calmness and stepping away from the hustle and bustle. Once I was done with the snail itself, I wrote out the quote in pencil and traced over it with the pen and ink when I was satisfied with the spacing. I used an ink syringe to add a little splatter effect and liven up the piece.
I really enjoyed both the pen and ink I used in this matchup. I was previously not a fan of the Plumix because of it's very obvious squid-like shape and I had never used one before this matchup. The pen was very light and, yet, still well balanced. That made it very easy to handle and I found it to be a great writer. I wish I had picked one up sooner. The ink also took me by surprise, as it was wetter than I was expecting. If I were to do this piece again, I think I would do something that would allow me to explore this ink's capabilities more. It's a beautiful ink and I think it has a lot to offer, especially in the realm of shading.
Because it is a stub nib, this pen would be fine for journaling, letter writing, or sketching, but I would avoid using it for school work or any fast note taking. Stub nibs often require a specific hand positioning and trying to stay focused on maintaining that hand positioning while also taking speedy notes might not pan out well. I had a great time getting to play around with this new ink and pen.
You can find the Pilot Plumix at gouletpens.com for $9. Visconti Turquoise is available as a 2ml ink sample for $1.50, a 40ml bottle for $17.50 or a pack of 7 ink cartridges for $6.90.
Do you have a specific pen or ink that reminds you to relax and calm down?