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Monday, May 15, 2017

Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao with 3 Platinum Preppy Markers: Monday Matchup #142

Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.

Hey there, fountain pen friends, Jenni here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup, 3 Platinum Preppy markers and a bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao. Read on to hear about how I created this Morning Glory-inspired piece!


I have been wracking my brain for a few weeks, trying to think of a cool way to feature the Preppy markers for my next Monday Matchup. In my opinion, they are underrated pens and are extremely awesome to use. Especially for the "I'm not an artist, but I like to doodle or draw occasionally" everyday person. I was hesitant to use them at first because I wasn't sure how to best utilize them, being so used to using fountain pens. I was actually quite blown away by their variability. You can do SO MUCH with them. And with them being so inexpensive, you can get as many as you need for the color variations you want. They can be completely filled with water, ink, or diluted ink. These are great for art/ doodling/ illustrations, while still being useful for everyday writing (if you like a bold line). If you are looking for a simple and fun way to get more creative without diving fully into the art world, these are the pens for you.

I drew inspiration for this piece by the work of @salventius on Instagram. He draws using a single continuous line and I thought these markers could really show that technique off because they have a marker tip. I was also inspired by the name of the ink, which translates to Morning Glory. I thought something really cool could come out of combining these two inspirations. I wanted to utilize the single line technique to show off the beauty and color variation that this ink can give.

I realized I was going to need to lay down some basic flower positions before I started with the line so I found some fallen flowers outside of the office and thought they'd be perfect. I dipped the flowers in the ink and got them fully saturated. Then, I positioned them on the paper so they cascaded across the page. Once I was happy with their positioning, I let the ink dry and it was time to start my line.

I took each Preppy and filled them with varying amounts of ink and water. I wanted a faint blue with mostly water in one, a middle blue range color, and a fully saturated ink. I found out very quickly that drawing in a continuous line was extremely difficult. You really have to know where your hand is going next and have a good handle on what you are creating. A few minutes into the piece, I realized that using a continuous line was going to make the piece a lot more challenging, especially since I was going to be using 3 different colors. Eventually, I gave up and focused on utilizing the color the best I could. I drew the basic shape around the already-created flowers and continued to add light and dark shades of the ink around to form a small bush of flowers and leaves around them. If I were to do this again, I would maybe focus more on the continuous line. These markers are perfect for it. I may have also tried to add more of the darker shade around the flowers to make them pop off the page more. Overall, I loved how it turned out though.

I loved these pens. I could honestly see myself using them as a substitute for watercolor brushes. They don't give much line variation but, for people who like that effect and want an easy, go-to pen to use for it, these pens are great. I love the marker tip. It was flexible but didn't bend and get misshapen like one's childhood markers might after being lent to a friend. They are light-weight and moveable so I was able to sketch quickly and move to different parts of the page. I could see myself using these every day because I love to write big and bold and they are great for that. Others might find the tip a bit too broad for writing and might want to leave this for creative writing, drawing, or letter writing. I think they would also be great for people that like to mix ink to test out color options. I could see mixing colors and testing in these pens instead of risking your fountain pen. They are super affordable and wouldn't be a huge let down if the ink destroys the pen.

Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.
Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.
Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.
Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.
Illustration of Morning Glories drawn with Platinum Preppy Markers and Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao ink.

You can find the Platinum Preppy markers for $2.95 at GouletPens.com. Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao is available in a 50ml bottle for $28 and a 2ml sample for $2.25.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,
Jenni

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