Hey, Guys! Jenni here with Monday Matchup #105, Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black with a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Green with a fine nib. I was very excited to get to work with this combination because the Pilot Metropolitan is one of my go-to pens and Air-Corp Blue-Black really intrigued me! I live right next to a creek and have close to 30 dragonflies flying around my yard all the time. When I think of summer, I think of the beautiful dragonflies soaring about and being playful. Since the ink looked green to me, I thought dragonflies would be the perfect focal point.
Because this ink was a permanent ink, I knew from previous experience that I wasn't going to be able to erase pencil lines, so I started right in with the pen and ink for my drawing. I drew the outlines and my detail work with the fine nib on the Metro, then went over all the edges except for the dragonfly, in a sketch-like motion to make the lines thicker. I didn't fill in the dragonfly so it would stand out against the ink wash and plants on the page.
I filled a brush pen with water and added a drop of ink to achieve a very pale hue. I was super surprised when it came out a very light blue. I washed over the outlines and smudged the edges to give the piece a very wispy, whimsical feel. I'm a big fan of drawing outside the lines, so using the brush pen, I exaggerated the details and tried to create a watercolor type look. After realizing that the ink had a very wide color range, from light blue to dark green, I decided to play with the amount of ink in the brush pen to build layers of color on the piece.
It really blew my mind how much color variation I was able to achieve. Once I was satisfied with the look, I let it dry a few minutes and went back over the outlines again to sharpen the lines. After that, I drew the quote in very delicately and thin. I really wanted to show a difference in the variation between how thin I could get the lines of the letters versus how dark and thick the lines of the dragonfly were.
I am typically a fan of broad nibs because I love a thick, juicy line of ink. However, I am slowly learning to love fine and extra fine nibs. I love the Metropolitan but I always choose the medium nib. I was really surprised how thin the line of the fine nib came out and even more shocked how much I enjoyed writing with it. There is less room for error when trying to draw a straight line with a fine nib, but I learned if I go slow, I can manage it. I don't normally post my pens, so writing with this pen unposted was great. Halfway through the piece, I tried posting the pen to see how I could handle it and I barely noticed the weight added. I think large and small hands alike could use this pen posted or unposted.
This ink flowed really well with this nib. The ink is very wet, so you will get some smearing if you accidentally touch it before it dries completely. The pen and ink could work really well for watercolor or for drawing over art. You can get some great ink wash effects over top of your line work and it won't mess anything up. I would suggest using a less wet ink if you plan to use it for everyday writing. This ink is great on fountain pen friendly paper, but would feather on regular paper.
If I were to do this piece again, I would probably test out the shades that I could get from the ink before starting. I really thought the piece was going to be green so when it came out blue, I was kind of shocked. I would've probably changed the subject matter to something that more closely resembles something blue. But I really loved the process and working with a permanent ink.
You can find the Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Green at GouletPens.com for $15. Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml sample for $1.25.
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