Hey there, fountain pen friends, Sarah here! This week, I chose a TWSBI Classic fountain pen in Burgundy and Robert Oster Cherry Blossom ink to draw up a sweet pink peony. Read on to hear about my inspiration and how I enjoyed this pen and ink.
The month of May offers a brief but cherished season here in Virginia, “Peony Season.” It is one of the best times of year in my opinion. It’s a special time when gardens are exploding with fluffy, fragrant blooms. I recently celebrated my birthday and my coworker, Jenni, gave me the largest peony bloom I have ever seen straight from her garden! I was so in love with it that I had to draw it!
This piece was especially fun to draw because I did not sketch it out beforehand at all. Instead, I wanted to do a still life by sketching as I looked at the flower. I did not want it to look too precise so I sketched loosely with the TWSBI pen. I started in the middle with the center bud and added each petal one by one. To replicate the pink shades in the flower, I took a brush pen, dipped it in the Cherry Blossom ink, and spread it across the shadow areas. I finished off the shading with some light hatching lines and then wrote in the quote.
I really enjoyed the weight of the TWSBI Classic when it was unposted. It doesn’t seem to get as much credit as the other pens in the TWSBI line because it is not a demonstrator. I really enjoyed the slim, smooth aesthetics of the design, however. It does seem to fit the name “Classic.” The Cherry Blossom ink was beautiful to work with. Light pink inks are not my preference normally, but it dries to a calming dusty pink that is pleasant and still legible and easy to read. Definitely worth a try if you have been looking for a new pink ink that is not on the bubblegum spectrum. The Medium Nib on the TWSBI was finer that I was expecting. However, it wrote beautifully and was a smooth writer. If I were to do this matchup again, I might choose a stub nib to show off the ink even more. The color was beautiful and I’m curious if it would have changed anything to have a wider flow.
I think this combo could be great for thank you notes or correspondence to a friend. Maybe a love letter to fit the delicate pink nature of the ink. The pen would be a great everyday writer. I could see it being a fitting office pen, perfect for journaling, or even fine for sketching. It is pretty much useful for anything.
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