Greetings, fountain pen friends! Lydia here, bring you an exciting edition of Monday Matchup. This week, I had the pleasure of featuring two great inks and two different exciting nib choices of the Nemosine Singularity. We will be randomly selecting TWO winners this week instead of our customary one! Keep reading to hear about my experiences with De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes, which I used in a Nemosine Singularity Cardinal with a 0.8mm Stub nib, and De Atramentis Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, which is featured in a Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator with a Fine nib. You may be randomly selected to win one of these pairings if you enter in the giveaway below!
It is no secret that De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes is hands down my favorite ink we sell at Goulet Pens. However, I had not previously had the pleasure of trying out the companion ink named for the series’ brilliant author, so I was excited when my request to do a Monday Matchup featuring two pens and inks was approved! I wanted to draw inspiration from the works themselves and I wanted to keep it simple. I decided that a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes and a quote that summarizes his personality would be most fitting.
The Traveler’s Notebook struck me as a Holmes-esque kind of notebook and I thought it would be a neat new place to showcase a Monday Matchup. I grabbed a Brown Regular Size Traveler’s Notebook with a Sketch Notebook refill and set to work. I have been obsessed with ink washes recently, so I started with a base of the Arthur Conan Doyle ink for a background wash using a Caran d’Ache Large Brush Pen filled with water and dipped in the red ink. It is a nice rich red and provided a nice contrast to the deep navy blue of Sherlock Holmes. I was concerned that the ink wash looked too pink but I ran with it anyway. Once that was dry, I took the Fine Nemosine Demonstrator filled with Arthur Conan Doyle ink and started to write out the quote. I felt that the name “Sherlock Holmes” and the words “Know” and “Do Not Know” should be highlighted from the rest of the text, so I utilized the stub nib of the Cardinal Singularity to write those out in Sherlock Holmes blue. To finish, I outlined the silhouette of Sherlock in the blue ink and used a brush pen filled with water and dipped in the cap of the ink to fill in the figure. The water caused the blue ink to bleed a little bit out of the lines so I went around the silhouette again to sharpen the lines. If I were to do the piece again, I’d probably do more line work designs and less with brush pens to really showcase how different the nibs perform, but I am satisfied with the piece.
These pens and inks are really great. I love that the Nemosine Fine is not super scratchy on the thick and textured sketch paper. It also didn’t dig up much of the paper after I saturated it with the ink wash, which was great. As a lefty, I was apprehensive about using an 0.8mm stub, but the Nemosine nib performed like a champ even with my different writing style. I cannot sing the praises of De Atramentis inks enough, especially Sherlock Holmes. It is the perfect shade for any and all occasions and I always keep a pen inked up with it. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle might be a new favorite red ink for me. It is a nice warm color, but doesn’t scream blood red. It reminds me of a good leather couch color for some reason. Both of these inks would be fascinating for letter writing correspondences or journaling. They are subdued but still visually pleasing and appealing. The Nemosine Singularity is a great work horse pen or beginner pen that you can take anywhere and do anything with. If you lose it or break it, it’s not a huge loss for your wallet.
Check out Goulet Pens for a wide selection of Nemosine Singularity pen colors and nib sizes for $19.99, including the Cardinal in 0.8mm Stub and Clear Demonstrator in Fine. You can find De Atramentis Sherlock Holmes and De Atramentis Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle in 35ml bottles for $12.95. Also, 2ml ink samples of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle are available for $1.30
Want to enter for your chance to win one of these pen and ink pairings? Check out the Monday Matchup Giveaway rules below!
- Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
- Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup.
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The contest is open Monday, October 2, 2017 at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 12 pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.