Hey guys, Sarah here! This week, I drew up some delicate teacups with a Conklin Victory Royal blue and Stipula Dark Blue ink. This pen and ink are both recent additions to our website and I was curious about getting to write with both of them. This was my chance and I loved it! Read on to hear more about my experiences.
The idea of teacups immediately came to mind when I saw this ink when wet. The dark blue hue reminded me of an elaborate floral pattern you would see on a china tea set. I wanted to draw multiple tea cups, each a little different than the others. I decided to draw them in a balanced stack. They appeared so delicate and fragile. I found Pina Bausch’s quote “Your fragility is also your strength” to be super fitting for this sketch.
To begin, I sketched out the shapes of the teacups with a pencil. I took a water brush pen, dipped the tip in the ink, and began loosely shaping out the shadows and designs on the cups. Once I had a good base of ink down, I picked up the pen and got to work on the details. I had searched actual teacup patterns online to get inspiration. Using the pen, I drew in the little floral designs, leaves, and motifs on my teacups. Some of the designs were copied from the ones I saw online, whereas others I made up as I went. In hindsight, I might have picked a brighter blue for this drawing if I could do it over again. I think the tea cups would have popped more in a royal blue, but I am still happy with how it turned out.
One thing that really stood out to me about the ink is how different the hue is when wet versus dry. When wet, it appears to be a brilliant royal blue but it dries to a dark muted blue. This didn’t bother me because I think the dark blue worked for my drawing and I think it ultimately matched the pen better. The Conklin Victory was a great writing experience. It had a lovely amount of toothiness, but not too much. It was easy to hold and possessed an irresistible vintage charm. It felt like this pen could have been from the 1950’s.
I think this pen and ink would be a great go-to gift for a friend if they’re getting into fountain pens or a subtle showstopper for the office. The Conklin Victory has the right aesthetic to be a crowd pleaser, but also functions well for note-taking or letter writing. The Stipula Dark Blue ink would be perfect for just about anything, you can’t go wrong with a dark blue.
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