Hi there, fountain pen friends! Whitney here, with my latest Monday Matchup pairing: a TWSBI Vac Mini Smoke inked up with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji. Read on to hear my thoughts on this interesting matchup.

I found inspiration for this piece in the meaning of the ink name. Momiji means “autumn leaves” and I thought what better than a Japanese Maple to represent this theme, so I drew the tree. I wanted to find an uplifting autumn quote to accompany it. I found the Albert Camus quote and thought it very fitting and I liked the connection between flowers and the leaves in fall.

I started by googling Japanese Maples so I could get an idea of how I wanted to draw the tree. I decided to do the drawing free hand, no pencil sketching first. I tried my best to mimic all the best parts I saw in my search when I started to sketch. Then I drew the extra leaves around the drawing and did an ink wash to blend the colors a bit and give the drawing more color. When that was mostly dry, I wrote in the quote.

I love the Iroshizuku inks so, even though I’m not a huge fan of pink inks, I knew this would be a great ink to use. It flows so nicely and is a great quality ink. Momiji is a complex ink with lots of shading ability. It provides a nice variety of color between writing and ink washes.

As for the pen, broad nibs are not my favorite either. I prefer to stick to the extra-fines and fines as my writing and sketching tends to be very small and detailed. Using the broad for this matchup was a very interesting switch up for me. The TWSBI broad was very smooth and wrote nicely. It makes bold, thick lines that look very pretty.

I think this pen and ink combo would be good for journaling, letter writing, or any other place where you would want big, bold, interesting writing. Momiji is a nice pink hue that isn’t offensive to the eyes so it would be OK for anything that was going to be re-read. While this pen and ink wouldn’t be my first choice for my personal writing style, it was really interesting to try out and I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone.

You can find the TWSBI Vac Mini Smoke at GouletPens.com for $60 ($65 for the 1.1mm stub nib) in EF, F, M, and B. Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji is available in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.25.

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Have you ever tried a pen or ink that was way outside your comfort zone just to test your limits?

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