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?