A Dr. Seuss quote and illustration drawn with Diamine Spearmint Diva n ink and a Lamy Nexx fountain pen.

**WINNER: Court (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**

Hi there, Jenn, here again, to bring you another fun Monday Matchup. This week, I used a LAMY Nexx M Opal Green in Extra Fine and Diamine Spearmint Diva. Read on to hear about my inspiration and what I thought of this pen and ink pairing.

My kids were celebrating Literacy Week at school while I was working on this drawing, which inspired me to create something related to books. My youngest son is 5 and he loves Dr. Seuss; “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” is one of his favorites. When I learned that Dr. Seuss’ birthday was March 2nd, I knew I had to look toward his work for my quote. I loved the sheer joie de vivre of these lines, which are the book’s opening sentences.

I am not a huge fan of Extra Fine nibs. To be honest, the little bit of writing I had done with fines had pretty much turned me off of them (I have a strong preference for broad and stub nibs). I decided I wanted my Monday Matchup to be mainly writing because I hadn’t written extensively with an Extra Fine nib. With that in mind, I focused more on the quote and the writing experience than on the drawing aspect of my Matchup. I wrote the quote out several times, practicing my handwriting to make it as clear and appealing to the eye as I could. In past Monday Matchups, I’ve used fancy scripts; this one is my everyday style of writing, albeit a slower and more careful version! I probably wrote the entire piece five or six times before I was happy with how it looked.

After the words were dry, I drew the frame. I wanted to keep the frame simplistic to retain focus on the writing, but I just had to include a touch of whimsy to go along with the cheerfulness of the quote. I traced over the outer frame in an attempt to smooth out my lines as well as darken it up a bit. I thought I’d be done at that point, but my Matchup was just too plain. Dr. Seuss pretty much needs some happy art to go along with his happy words! I chose balloons because they play such a big part in the book’s artwork. I outlined all of the balloons twice, mainly to smooth out my lines but also to give them some depth. I used a brush pen to fill in the individual balloons and the stripes on the hot air balloon. On a stroke of Seuss-like inspiration, at the last minute, I used the brush pen to draw a fluffy cloud in the top corner as my final touch. The only thing I would change about this matchup is I’d use a medium or broad nib when drawing the frame and balloons. The one drawback to the fine nib was that there was very little grace with when I was trying to draw a straight, smooth line. All the little mistakes that are negligible with a broad nib show up when you’re using fine. However, tracing over my lines once or twice took care of that issue. Overall, my satisfaction with the creation and outcome of this piece was unexpected but very much enjoyed!

I was so surprised by my writing experience with this pen! I assumed I would like the feel of the Nexx; I own three different models of LAMY pens and enjoy them all. But I was convinced I would dislike writing with the Extra Fine nib. I’m happy to say I was wrong! The nib flowed easily across the paper with a consistently smooth feeling. I didn’t get even a hint of the scratchy, “I’m writing with a needle” feeling I’ve had with other fine nibs. And I was so happy to see the shimmer on the page, even using an Extra Fine nib. The Nexx itself exceeded my expectations. It was super comfortable to hold, lightweight, and really well-balanced even when posted. The triangular grip is less pronounced than in other LAMY pens and the grip material is quite appealing to the touch. Altogether, it made for a truly enjoyable writing experience. The LAMY Nexx, especially with an Extra Fine nib, would be great for any type of writing. It’s extremely comfortable to hold and its lightweight body won’t fatigue your hand during a long writing session.

The ink, well, what can I say, it’s Shimmertastic and I love it. I thought the color was stunning; it’s cheerful without being obnoxiously bright and the shimmer is icing on the cake. The playfulness of the mint and silver went along nicely with the overall feeling of this piece. I stopped and re-started writing so many times while creating this Matchup but I never had a single issue with ink flow. I am definitely going to be inking up one of my personal pens with this ink! Due to its unusual color and silver shimmer, the ink is likely best saved for personal journaling and artwork. It flows really well and the shimmer is out of this world.

 

A Dr. Seuss quote and illustration drawn with Diamine Spearmint Diva n ink and a Lamy Nexx fountain pen.

A Dr. Seuss quote and illustration drawn with Diamine Spearmint Diva n ink and a Lamy Nexx fountain pen.

A Dr. Seuss quote and illustration drawn with Diamine Spearmint Diva n ink and a Lamy Nexx fountain pen.

A Dr. Seuss quote and illustration drawn with Diamine Spearmint Diva n ink and a Lamy Nexx fountain pen.

You can find the LAMY Nexx Opal Green at GouletPens.com for $30.40. Diamine Spearmint Diva is available in a 50ml bottle for $20 and a 2ml sample for $1.75.

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Write On,
Jenn