Hey there, my name is Jenn D. I am the Executive Assistant to Brian and this is my first Monday Matchup. I am so excited to share with you my pairing of a Noodler’s Neponset flex pen in Ghostly Lapis and Nemosine Neptune Blue ink. Read on to hear about the inspiration behind my sea-inspired piece, how I created it, and what I thought of this pen and ink!
I am a great fan of broad and stub nibs, but I’d never used a flex pen. This Monday Matchup was my opportunity to try something new. I knew I wanted to do a sea-themed picture so I looked for an appropriate blue ink. I chose the Nemosine ink specifically because the name fit my intended theme perfectly (I mean come on… Neptune? Seriously perfect!) and the color is beautiful. I love the beach and I am headed to there in a few weeks, so a mermaid drawing seemed just the thing!
To begin, I wrote the quote out several times on regular paper to get a feel for the pen. As I said, I’m a newbie to flex pens; learning to vary my lines was a fun challenge. I watched a few of our videos on flex pens and talked to some team members to get tips on using them. I have a natural tendency to grip my pens really tightly and the Neponset requires pressure to make the nib really flex, so I had to work at figuring out how to flex the pen without fatiguing my hand. Once I had that down, I found a simple mermaid picture and traced it several times to get the outline right. The ink was helpful because it is quite wet and flowed nicely through all of the swooping lines. As I grew more confident in my flex pen usage, I grabbed sheets of Rhodia (my favorite note-taking paper) and Tomoe River to test the drawing out on. I decided to complete the piece on Tomoe for its smoothness under the nib as I wrote. After a few mishaps with smudging and burping ink, I was able to nail this piece on my fourth draft. I finally found the patience to walk away in between outlining the picture and adding details so I didn’t smear the lines on my mermaid. I used the Neponset to color just inside the outline and then followed up with a brush pen dipped in the ink. I spread ink on the spots I wanted the darkest and tried to blend out from there. Then I cleaned the brush pen and applied it to the page with only water in an effort to blend some of the areas where you could see I had stopped and restarted drawing. Overall, the hardest thing was learning to go slow – to write slowly, draw slowly, and put the pen down between steps to let everything dry and settle. I wouldn’t change anything about this matchup; I just needed to learn to have patience and a light grip! This was my very first Monday Matchup and, overall, I was surprised at how fun the process was and how much I enjoyed the end result.
I adore this pen and ink! I have no practical reason to own a flex pen, because I don’t write letters or bullet journal, or anything of the sort. I normally only use my pens to take notes and write to-do lists. That said, I loved this pen so much that it is now at the top of my wishlist. The Neponset is a large pen and I have larger hands, so I found it quite comfortable to hold. It’s not heavy and it posts, which I prefer. Once I learned to relax my grip, it was a blast writing and drawing with this pen.
The ink is beautiful. The red sheen was a complete surprise to me and I loved it. Plus the huge variety of shades I was able to get using the brush pen was fantastic; it really helped the mermaid appear fluid and watery, like she was actually in the ocean. Because this ink was so wet, I feel like it helped my writing appear smoother. The flex nib and wet ink would make it difficult to use this pen and ink for work or school, but I think this would be a great pen and ink combo for Bullet Journaling or for anything that required gorgeous hand-lettering. It’s a great pen and ink combo for artistic work of any kind, really.
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