Monday Matchup: Caran d’Ache Delicate Green & Monteverde Intima Neon Green

Happy Monday, pen lovers of the world! This week’s Monday Matchup up is brought to you by Caran d’Ache Delicate Green fountain pen ink and the Monteverde Intima in Neon Green. Sometimes you just need something bright and vibrant to liven up your Monday. The piece that Joe O. created with this matchup is beyond impressive. We gave him artistic freedom to be inspired from the ink, and while he technically didn’t use the Monteverde pen to create his artwork, we still wanted to showcase it as a great complementary color match for this ink.

When Joe researched the name ‘Caran D’Ache’, he discovered that it’s a pseudonym for a Russian-born French satirist/cartoonist, Emmanuel Poire. Caran D’Ache is a modified form of the Russian word karandash, meaning pencil. One daring cartoonist popped into Joe’s mind immediately — an American cartoonist named Bill Mauldin. Mauldin’s characters, Willie and Joe, drudge through the often frustrating, yet, surprisingly funny, reality of life as grunts in WWII.

Since Bill Mauldin was such an effective purveyor of “grit” in both his images and in the nature of his characters, Joe chose to make his portrait in his own messy way using a 5mL syringe instead of a pen or brush. The unpredictable nature of the syringe allowed for unexpected results. Too much pressure on the plunger would cause a gush of ink to pool on the page. But just enough pressure would turn the syringe into a make-shift fountain pen. There was no preliminary drawing for this portrait, so the likeness is off a bit — a result from wanting to build the image with marks rather than using something predetermined.

Joe really had a blast making this portrait of Bill Mauldin. Ever since he received his book Up Front from his father when Joe was deployed overseas, Joe has been fascinated by how skillfully Mauldin was able to capture the distinctive soldier’s brand of levity that manifests itself in the face of armed conflict.

For another take on this pen and ink combination, we also invite you to check out this pen review and ink review by our friend Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk blog.

Hope you enjoy this Monday’s Matchup as much as we do! 🙂

2017-10-11T14:01:34+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Monday Matchup|18 Comments
  • Gordon Tillman


  • Freddy

    I really look forward to Joe's art and his creative use of the inks, pens and acoutrements he is given to work with. Another winner, Joe. 🙂

  • Mary Bucklew

    OK Kids — It is Bill Mauldin — not Maudlin…. He was a true character and definitely not maudlin…! 😉

  • Oops! Thanks for pointing that out – I've corrected it now. 🙂

  • David

    Now that's a Matchup! Well done 🙂

  • soulcomfort

    Lot of talent there!! 🙂

  • S. Tom

    Awesome drawing, and I love the ingenuity of using a syringe! (Pretty pen too. 🙂 )

  • Carlos Quiñones

    Wow awesome!!!!

  • skyppere

    Just spectacular! thanks for posting this!

  • aaronwest

    Once again, Joe delivers and absolutely incredible piece.

  • TrixieinDixie

    I just love Joe's artwork – I really look forward to seeing it in each newsletter!

  • Jon

    I read someplace that the top of the pen is plastic with chrome paint that wears off over time. Is that the case or is the top of the pen made from metal?

  • Scott Peterson

    This was my first fountain pen. An exchange student from Germany came to stay with us when I was 15. He brought a Lamy Logo (matte stainless) and some Lamy Blue cartridges with him as a host family gift for me. When I visited Germany a couple years later, I learned that many Gymnasium students (at least then, in the '90s) regularly used fountain pens for their formal schoolwork. I used my Logo off and on during high school and college, mostly for my sporadic journaling and "special occasion" writing. I still have it, although the cap doesn't seat tightly and I need to look into a little maintenance. I am sure there was quite a bit of neglected and dried-out ink in there over the years. It was 20 years before I became a full fountain pen convert, but I was always taken with that gift of my first one. It made me realize fountain pens were not just a thing of the past. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Great question! It's sadly only available in the Fine and Medium. The good news, though, is that Lamy sells their nibs separately and you could purchase the EF and swap it on if you wanted.

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Hey there, Phillip! That's a great question. The CP1 and Logo are extremely similar in design and what not. The biggest differences are that the CP1 is slightly thinner than the Logo, the material plays a huge factor into price differentiation, and the grip section on the Logo is longer and has a unique design. Be sure to check them out side by side in our Pen Plaza: Hope that helps!

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    We love hearing stories like this 🙂 Glad you got introduced via the Logo and are now an avid FP user!

  • Alex at Goulet Pens

    Just went and checked it out, Jon, and from what I can tell, it's metal. Hope that helps!

  • Rajesh S