An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

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Hi, y’all, Whitney here, bringing you my latest Monday Matchup, the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Rose Gold and Diamine Ancient Copper. In honor of Johnny Cash’s birthday today, I recreated this picture of him and his wife, June, along with a letter he wrote to her. Read on to hear about my process and what I thought of the pen and ink.

Today is Johnny Cash’s birthday. As I was thinking about this, I became interested in his relationship with June Carter because it’s something I’ve never really known much about. I found a letter Johnny wrote to June about ten years before June passed away, and it seemed so pure and sweet that I decided to make that what I wrote this week. I think a lot of what we see in movies and media swings from overly dramatic depictions of love at first sight to very vapid and materialistic affairs in tabloids. Honestly, from what I’ve experienced in platonic and romantic relationships, love comes from what you put in. Love is in the acceptance of letting your guard down and trusting another person; it’s allowing yourself to be vulnerable. You have to swallow pride and be willing to see something from the other person’s point of view, no matter what you’re feeling at the moment. The best relationships I’ve been lucky enough to take part in have made me a better person daily, and honestly, the more work both parties put into that shared effort, the more rewarding the result can be. What Johnny and June have does seem to be a bit “we finish each other’s sentences” at first glance, but there’s an implied understanding between the two of them that comes from being kind and empathetic. The fact that Johnny is so quick to celebrate how much June supports him is an expression of gratitude that comes from knowing how to communicate with your loved ones. Writing this quote brought a tear to my eye because that kind of communication and appreciation is something to strive for and treasure in any relationship.

To start, I wrote out the letter and did a play at Johnny’s signature at the end. I grabbed a brush pen and went to work on the portrait next. I used a Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Medium Brush Waterbrush Pen to recreate a touching photo of Johnny and June embracing.  I messed up a bit and got impatient. Johnny’s chin and nose disappeared for a bit, but I was able to salvage them. The ink and water combination really makes me focus on patience and intentionality and it’s hard to fake that once the ink is down. Lesson learned: Don’t rush, be intentional, don’t freak out if you need to fix something. Wow, that’s a great metaphor for love too! Call me E.E. Cummings! If I were to do it again, I probably should have had more patience, as I always say, but I’m getting better.

This pen and ink combo was good fun. the medium nib didn’t bother me at all. I’m used to bigger mediums. It felt closer to a fine to me, which, of course, I liked. The ink is a beautiful rust color and is fairly water resistant, enough that one drop of water wouldn’t obliterate all of my ink painting process. It did give enough to where I could add a little water to lighten the tone of the ink if I needed to. This pen and ink would work just fine for regular writing. I don’t know if I love the shape so much in my wee hands, especially because my writing is so small. However, for people who don’t have tiny raccoon hands, this pen will probably function swimmingly.

An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

An ode to Johnny Cash and June Carter for Johnny Cash's birthday, using Diamine Ancient Copper ink, a Monteverde Invincia Rose gold fountain pen, and a Caran d'Ache water brush.

You can find the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Rose Gold at GouletPens.com for $108. Diamine Ancient Copper is available in a 80ml bottle for $14.95, and a 30ml bottle for $7.50, an 18 pack of cartridges for $8.50 or a 2ml sample for $1.25.

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Write On,
Whitney