Hi fountain pen friends! Sarah, Gouletpens.com‘s Product Photographer, here.

This week it was my turn to pick Monday Matchup. I chose a Faber-Castell Loom Piano Plum with a Medium nib and Noodler’s Purple Heart. The fountain pen has a shiny silver barrel with a matte silver grip section and a lovely purple cap. I worked with a Faber-Castell Loom for a Monday Matchup around this time last year and knew I loved the pen. I just didn’t remember how much!

I started my work on this piece on the first day of October. It was rainy and blustery here in Ashland and you could really feel the beginning of fall. Small garden birds played outside my window and I decided they would make a great subject to capture with this fountain pen and ink. I took my Clairefontaine Triomphe tablet and got to work.

First, I drew a loose outline of the birds in pencil. I tapped the tip of my water-filled brush pen in the cap of the ink to get just a little bit of color. I started with the lightest areas of the birds and leaves, gently applying more layers to get a gradual deepening of color. I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I used the pen to add the darkest colors and sketch in all the details. I outlined each bird and leaf, giving them crisp edges. I added in the feet on the birds and the veins on the leaves. Finally, I wrote in my quote.

The pen was a dream! I was blown away by the smoothness of the nib. It
would glide across the paper, giving lovely full lines. The body is
slick, but the grip was matte and felt secure in my hand. This pen would
be great for journaling or taking notes, and of course, in art.

I was really surprised by Noodler’s Purple Heart. This ink is a Goulet-exclusive, and is part of the Eel series meaning it provides extra lubrication when writing.  I was expecting a deep purple with more blue undertones. Instead, it had more red undertones and when used with a brush pen leaned toward burgundy. I loved the color, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all.

If I were to do this project again, I might choose a different pen and ink combination. I loved both, but they didn’t exactly match. I would have found an ink that matched the pen cap better or a pen that matched the ink color better.

Faber-Castell Loom Piano Plum is available at Gouletpens.com for $40. Noodler’s Purple Heart is available in a 3oz bottle for $12.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Have you ever been surprised by the color of an ink you chose? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,