Margaret here with my latest Monday Matchup. I’m going to be honest, this was my most challenging Monday Matchup to date because of the pen and ink pairing. I used a Noodler’s Konrad Brush pen with one of the new colors from the De Atramentis Document line, Violet. Brush pens are something I have very little experience with, but I gave it a go!
So far, this year has brought about a lot of change for our family. Keeping with that theme, I decided to represent the idea of change in my Monday Matchup. I often think of butterflies because they go through so much change in their life cycle. It’s really amazing when you think of each stage that occurs before the adult butterfly emerges, and how each stage has a unique purpose and goal. It’s often easier going through change when you know the reason why – wouldn’t it be nice to always know that beforehand?! Either way, change is good, which is how I came to write “embrace the change” on my piece of art.
I started with the butterfly. I would not call myself an artist, so I googled a couple of drawings and came up with my own, simple version of a butterfly. I then used the brush pen to write out “embrace the change” going very slowly to make sure my hand was steady. I finished and let it dry over the weekend, but since I was using the Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination notepad, I still had a lot of paper to fill, so I just kept working on it on Monday until I felt like it was done. I added some decorative designs on the corner, and finished by splattering ink across the page. Nothing too fancy here, my friends, anyone can give a brush pen and ink a try!
I loved working with this ink, as I’m a big fan of the color purple. It’s fairly light in color, but it could be layered on, which I loved. After it dried for a few days, I came back and added some dots or layers on top to darken the color. It is waterproof, so if you’re looking for a waterproof purple ink, I would definitely consider this one. Using this brush pen presented a few challenges for me. I have never used a brush pen before, and I came to find out that they really are different than a fountain pen. I found that the brush tip requires you to go much slower when using it in comparison to a fountain pen. I had a difficult time using the brush tip to write words, but I can see it being great to sketch with. I think this pen would require extra time to get used to it, so if you know that going in, you can have fun with it.
Have you ever used a brush pen? What tips do you have for a newbie like me?