Hi there, fountain pen friends, Jenni here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week, I chose the Karas Kustoms Ink in Gold Aluminum with a Broad nib and Diamine Blue Flame. I was excited to be able to showcase the different colors this ink is capable of. Read on to hear more about my experience with this pen and ink.
I drew inspiration for this piece directly from the name of this ink, Blue Flame, which is perfect for this ink. It starts off blue then turns red and gold as it dries, like a flame. I wanted to be able to showcase that change and I knew I couldn't do it in a photo, so I made it a video Monday Matchup! There is something about watching the ink turn from blue to a red and gold that makes you realize this ink's potential. I also felt like this was a great opportunity to show people that you don't have to have amazing handwriting or artistic skills to achieve a cool effect with fountain pens and ink. For this piece, I chose to use my normal fast paced handwriting to prove that. When you have amazing tools, like sheening inks and a pen that can showcase that, it doesn't matter how gorgeous your T's look. The ink will far outshine anything else on the page.
To start, I drew a template of the flame on a piece of scratch paper then placed that under my page to use as a guide while writing. I taped off the border because I knew I wanted a clean line around the edge of the page. Then I started writing as straight of a line as I could. Whenever I got to a part that overlapped the flame, I left it blank and skipped over those letters until I got to a part that wouldn't be covered. By the end of the page, I had the outline of the flame in the negative space. I then drew in the outline of the flame. Before I started working on filling it in, I made sure to shake the ink bottle to distribute the sparkle particles. Using a pipette, I drew up ink and filled in the flame. After it had dried for a long time, I was able to clearly see the sheen in both my writing and the flame.
I was very excited about this pairing. I love this ink and I was so happy with the sheen I achieved. I felt like the pen really complimented the ink as well. If I were to do this piece again, I might choose a lighter pen however. I have small hands and the Karas Kustoms Ink was a bit heavy for my hands. It is a large metal pen. I feel it may have been better suited for someone with larger hands. It is a beautiful pen though.
You can find the Karas Kustoms Ink- Gold Aluminum for $100 at GouletPens.com. Diamine Blue Flame is available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 and a 50ml bottle for $20.
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