Hello there Fountain Pen lovers! It’s Katy and I’m back. I’m sending along some lovey-dovey inspiration for this week’s Monday Matchup. Today, I’m using the Noodler’s Wendigo Acrylic Konrad with Stipula Deep Blue ink. I like this pairing because it matches – but isn’t too perfectly coordinated. Stipula Deep Blue really highlights the unique blue swirls found on the pen.
I had a desire to play around with patterns. Before I touched pen to paper, I took some time to look up zentangles and get inspired. As I played around, the composition started to evolve into something, I considered, a bit more art deco. So, I went with it. Personally, when I think art deco, I immediately think of The Great Gatsby. I read through some quotes from the novel and, ultimately, landed on a pretty romantic line. I mean: “Can a girl just love a little romance!”
Starting off, I outlined a square where the quote would end up. I actually traced a post-it note to get a perfect square. :) Then I went in sections drawing the different patterns. The flex nib was nice to get subtle variation in the lines that I drew. My goal for this piece was to NOT be captive to perfection. I worked clockwise, choosing different patterns and taking a break in between each section. I kept the piece of paper attached to my Rhodia notepad throughout the process. I love how the front cover of the Rhodia notepad folded over and was not obtrusive while I was drawing.
Once the drawing was completed, I moved onto the quote. I practiced my handwriting a few times before committing it to the piece. And while I was writing, I smeared my ink. Classic case of being a lefty. I decided to embrace the smudge and create a bit of a blue background with the ink. I used a cotton swab and dipped it into the ink that was hanging out on the cap. After creating the background, I went over my lettering to increase the saturation and make the color pop.
The pen was easy to use. I was able to ink it up right out of the box and get a nice wet flow. I preferred the pen to be posted while I doodled. It was light-weight and the acrylic had a nice feel in my hand. The piston mechanism filled easily and the ink window clued me in as to when I needed more ink. The flex nib functioned pretty well. The wetness of the nib was helpful as I filled in the bigger parts of the patterns. And the subtle line variation showed off some lovely shading in the ink. It was a reliable pen and ink combination.
I think this would be a good pen and ink to use for doodling around at home or at the office. Stipula Deep Blue is a great option for a work appropriate ink; and you can always swap the flex nib on the Konrad with a Noodler’s non-flex steel nib, if you want an everyday writer.
If I were to do it again, I would make the quote a bit larger. I think the lettering reads a bit small, especially since the words are such a lovely sentiment. Otherwise, I was pretty satisfied with how the piece turned out.
You can find the Noodler’s Konrad Acrylic in Wendigo at GouletPens.com for $40. Stipula Deep Blue is available in a 70ml bottle for $19.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50 (On sale for $1.20 until July 18, 2017 as part of our Inksamplepalooza special).
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