Margaret here, I hope your Monday is off to a great start! For today’s Monday Matchup, I got to test out a new model of the Noodler’s Konrad Flex pen called 1820 Essex, and paired it with J.Herbin Vert Reseda.
My husband and I recently bought our first home and are planting roots here in Richmond, VA! I’ve been thinking about the idea of “home” and what is means to feel “at home”. The state of Virginia feels like home to me, so I decided to include that in my Monday Matchup. I found a quote by Maya Angelou that helped capture this idea and had to include it. It says “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
I inked up the pen and got to work. I used a Maruman Mnemosyne imagination notebook and traced the state of Virginia on the piece of paper. It’s fairly thick paper, but you can still see through the back of it enough to trace something, which was helpful. After that was done, I wrote out the quote using the flex nib. I was feeling adventurous and didn’t outline the quote in pencil first, but just went for it using the Konrad! It actually turned out pretty well on the first try, so I was pleasantly surprised. I then went back and outlined the state with the pen. I let everything dry but still felt like it wasn’t totally done just yet. I added Richmond as the capital and then for fun, I filled a syringe with a little of the Vert Reseda and created some ink splatter inside the drawing of the state. It definitely made this piece feel a little less structured, which I liked. If I could change something about this work, I would have written the word Virginia directly underneath Richmond. No idea why I wrote it underneath the state outline!
The pen and ink matched so well together. The ink had great flow and the flex nib allowed for some shading. I’m a sucker for beautiful teal inks, and I can definitely see myself using this color regularly. I liked the look of this pen with the turquoise colored barrel and cream cap. If you’ve never owned a Noodler’s flex pen before, you should know that they require some tinkering. Before I even got started, I had a situation with this pen where a majority of the ink leaked all over my computer and my hands. If you’re ever experiencing something like that, try heat setting to adjust the nib and feed for a better flow.
For $20, this is a great pen to own. It may not be your everyday writer, but I think you’ll find the flex nib enjoyable to sketch with or write/address notes with when you want some fun line variation. This ink is beautiful, and definitely worth the consideration to add at least a sample (if not a bottle!) to your collection.
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You can find the Noodler’s Konrad 1820 Essex Flex Pen at Gouletpens.com for $20. J.Herbin Vert Reseda is available in a beautiful 30ml bottle for $11. You can also give it a try with a 2ml sample for $1.40.
Do you enjoy writing with a flex pen?