Hello, fountain pen friends, Adam here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup. This week, I chose the LAMY Aion Olivesilver and the Monteverde Winter 2018 ink set to work with this week. It’s been a snowy, wintery cold few weeks here in Virginia and I drew inspiration from that. Read on to hear about my experiences with this pen and set of inks.
The weather we have been experiencing the last few weeks inspired me to look up poetry about snow and winter. I was struck by the Dickinson poem because she was using very eloquent and evocative language to describe something very simple. It made me stop and consider the simplicity of nature, but also the profound wonder of it as well. When I think of winter, I think of stillness and barrenness. The image of empty trees with a simple fence line seemed to fit that, and was direct imagery from the poem.
I tried a few things before finally landing on the image that I created. I was experimenting with ink splatters, and just enjoying the random nature of them when I had the idea to try to steer the splatters in a way to make them appear like trees and shadows stretching across an empty landscape. The piece is close to what I imagined, but the image would’ve been stronger if I had waited for the ink to dry before I tried to create new branches. If anyone wants to try this, I created a basic trunk first to give myself something to start with. I then used a 5mL syringe to strategically place splots of ink where I wanted there to be branches. I used a straw to blow the ink around, and would do so rather forcefully so the image would develop organically. I used a normal size straw from a fast food place, but if you can get your hands on a juice box straw, or something around that size, I imagine it would be even better.
I love LAMY pens. I find them very sleek, utilitarian, and timeless. I enjoyed using this pen, and actually prefer the weight and feel of it to an Al-Star or a Safari. If you like the way that an Al-star or a Safari write, but like your pens to be a bit more substantial, you will love this writing experience. The pen itself was textured in a way that I wasn’t wild about. If you’re a very tactile person, then this pen might not be for you. The ink colors are pretty standard, so I can see them being used for any purpose.
You can find the LAMY Aion Olivesilver at GouletPens.com for $71.20. The Monteverde Boxed Ink Set- Winter 2018 is available for $24. You can also find the colors (Smoke noir, Blue/Black, and Sapphire) in individual bottles and 2ml ink samples.
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What do you love about winter?