Hey fountain pen aficionados! Sarah here, showing off my newest Monday Matchup creation. I paired a Lamy Joy 1.9mm nib fountain pen with Visconti Bordeaux ink. After doing a Monday Matchup in December with Visconti Blue, I really wanted to give another Visconti ink a try. Since the Blue ink was so juicy and wet, I wanted a nib that would really show off the deep red. The Lamy Joy with the 1.9mm nib didn’t let me down!
I found the quote first and it served as inspiration for the piece. You can’t go wrong with Flannery O’Connor! Despite writing with fountain pens daily, I have never actually tried to draw one. A writing quote to go with a writing instrument seemed perfect. I’m anticipating some backlash for drawing a Pilot nib with a Lamy Joy pen, but what can I say? The nib on the Pilot Custom 74 is gorgeous!
I took out my pencil to sketch the outline of the pen. I took the pen and did a basic outline of the nib. Dipping the tip of my brush pen in ink, I lightly laid out basic shapes to show the shadows on the nib. Next I took a syringe and filled it with some ink. Filling it more with a little bit of air, I used the syringe to squirt ink out onto the page below the nib. To make the ink blot larger, I gently blew on the ink to push it towards the edge of the paper. I set the paper aside for an hour to let it thoroughly dry.
Satisfied that it was dry enough, I came back with my pen in hand to add in all the details. I drew the detailed engraving on the nib. However, since the nib was so wide, it was hard to get all the intricate details. I used the brush pen to add in a some more layers of ink and then wrote the quote out on the page. I erased the pencil marks and was finished.
This pen and ink were a wonderful match! The ink flowed steadily from the pen despite the fact that the nib was so large. Although the ink was wet, it dried decently fast. I wasn’t worried about erasing the pencil marks and causing the ink to smear. The ink also had decent shading- not quite as much as I hoped for, but you can definitely see some variation. The fountain pen gave a crisp italic line and was well weighted.
This pen and ink would be fantastic for hand lettering artists or calligraphers. The wideness of the nib makes it impractical for every day use, however. It could be good for creating titles in journals or doing large works of art.
If I did this work again, I think that I’d make the drawing bigger and pick a longer quote. I really enjoyed writing with the pen and would have enjoyed writing more with it. A bigger drawing would make the details on the nib easier to draw since the nib was so wide.
You can find the Lamy Joy with a 1.9mm nib (or a few other sizes!) at Gouletpens.com. Visconti Bordeaux is available in a 40ml bottle for $17.50, a pack of cartridges for $6.90, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.
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Do you like writing or drawing with wide nibs? Let me know in the comments below!