Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki with a Conklin All American Lapis Blue: Monday Matchup #102

Hello, fountain pen friends! Sarah here, to share with you my latest Monday Matchup, Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki and a Conklin All American Lapis Blue. This matchup has been a long time coming for me. I’ve tried to do a cloud theme a long time ago for a past Monday Matchup but I just wasn’t liking the color I was using for that theme. But when I chose Kon-Peki, which translates to Deep Cerulean Blue, I knew it would be great for a cloud drawing. The line I used is from a Noah and the Whale song and I thought it was especially fitting. 
To start this piece, I grabbed a Traveler’s Notebook Regular Refill 012- Sketch Notebook and sketched out my design ever so lightly in pencil to get the words and clouds in the places I wanted them. Then I filled my brush pen with water and dipped it in the cap of the Kon-Peki bottle and began to build my clouds with layers of ink depending on how dark or light I wanted the spots I was working on. I used pictures of clouds for reference to get the shading just right and make them look as realistic as possible. Then I went over the lyrics with the pen and ink. 
I was a little timid at first about using the All American. It seems like such a big pen and I was worried it would be really heavy. Thankfully, I was wrong! The pen is light and it was very nice for me to use when it was unposted. It is versatile in this way, people with smaller hands like me can use it unposted or people with larger hands can post it and still enjoy it! The italic nib on this pen is great too. It has a nice flow and the nib has a good spring to it and some really nice give that allowed for a good showing of the shading properties of Kon-Peki. It is a great ink and I can definitely see why it is a Goulet favorite. It is a clear, pretty, vibrant blue. It also reacted really nicely with the Traveler’s notebook paper. Even with the water from the brush pen, the paper held up superbly and the ink took nicely to it. 
I really feel like this pen and ink combination would be good for every kind of task! It would be a lot of fun to write letters with, but it is also reserved enough that it is totally office appropriate. The only thing I could possibly think to change about this matchup is maybe to use a bigger notebook. This would have allowed me a little more space to play around with while doing my drawing. All in all, I really loved how this matchup turned out though and I wouldn’t change a thing.
You can find the Conklin All American Lapis Blue at GouletPens.com for $76. Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki is available in a 50ml bottle for $28 and a 2ml sample for $2.25.
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What is your favorite vibrant, yet work appropriate ink?
Write on,
Sarah

2017-10-11T14:00:48+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Monday Matchup|11 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Sarah, this is another great Monday Matchup, I love that the beautiful clouds and the lettering show the shading of Kon-Peki so well. Brightens up my Monday! I think my favorite vibrant ink that could be used in the workplace (judiciously) is Iroshizuku Yama-Budo. Not for formal usage maybe, but certainly for less formal writing. The Lapis Blue pen is outstanding. Thanks Sarah!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Interesting ink choice, Tom. Gorgeous color! I agree.

  • Kathy

    Sarah, another beautiful Monday Matchup! Each week there is something awe inspiring about the Matchup. This time, it’s the delicate shading of the clouds. Oh, to have such talent! You’ve shown the best of Kon-Peki here. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      So glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! Aren’t Sarah’s clouds just gorgeous? I was blown away when I first saw her drawing.

  • Miss Thundercat

    This combination is absolutely stunning! This is definitely one of my fave blues and Blue skies are calling indeed! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      It is a great blue for sure! Thanks for checking it out!

  • Jan Schneegaß

    Wonderful drawing, as always. 🙂 The pen is gorgeous. Definitly one for my wishlist, if I hadn’t already the sunburst version…
    Speakting of sunburst, the sky here in Germany is more like Ama-Iro today 😀

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Gorgeous sky! I hope you’re able to be outside and enjoy it!

      • Jan Schneegaß

        Hi Lydia,that depends on how you define ‘outside’… We have a rooftop terrace here at work where you can have a cup of tea and enjoy the summer before returning to work.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Oh my word! That looks like a heavenly space. How great!

  • Uniotter

    Beautiful drawing, Sarah! The pen and ink are both gorgeous too. I have a Conklin Duragraph and was wondering about the size of the All American. Thanks for mentioning how it performs with smaller hands. 🙂