Hi fountain pen friends! Jenni here, bringing you a brand new Monday Matchup! This week, I paired Platinum Blue-Black with a Monteverde Limonada Milano Black. It’s April, and just like the saying goes, there are plenty of rain storms here in Virginia. I wanted to do a piece that reflected the weather, so I chose a blue-black ink. I thought it would look good in a black pen and I liked the shape of the Limonada, so I thought I’d give it a try.
If you a familiar with the musical, Singing in the Rain, you may recognize the quote that I chose! It’s one of my most favorite musicals but I wanted to pick a line that wasn’t too overdone. I sharpened my pencils, broke out my favorite pad of Rhodia paper, and got started.
Using my pencil, I started the piece by drawing an outline of the cloud. I made sure it was centered because all of the rain drops and writing were going to come from it. Next, I wrote out the letters. In some of my previous pieces, I did the writing after I finished the drawing and it threw off the framing and balance of the work. Writing in pencil allowed me to adjust the letters so that didn’t happen.
Next, I took a brush pen filled with water and dipped the tip into the cap of the ink. I started with just a little bit of ink, filling the areas with the lightest hues. Adding in more ink, I created texture to the clouds and rain drops. Layering in the ink this way, I was able to create shadows. I allowed the ink to dry and then I took the Limonada to give a crisp line around the cloud and raindrops. Finally, I wrote over the penciled quote.
Platinum Blue-Black is a really great ink! It can go from an almost royal blue to black. It may be heresy to say at Goulet, but I’m actually not that big a fan of vibrant blue ink. I like the more subtle character you can find in darker blues. This one was absolutely perfect!
As for the fountain pen, the nib on the Limonada was rather stiff. When I was writing for awhile, it had good flow, but when I stopped for a bit and started writing again, I had some hard starts. I find that some Monteverde pens have a bit of a breaking-in period to write well. If I’d had more time, I think I could have gotten it to relax a little and the hard starts would have stopped. I also had to write with it unposted because when it was posted, it was pretty back heavy. I did like the size of the barrel, however. It fit snugly in my hand.
I’d highly recommend this match for the work place. The pen is professional looking and the ink is fun while still being work appropriate. It is also a very affordable match, so that’s a plus!
Do you have a favorite Blue-Black ink? Let me know in the comments below!