A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

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

Hi all, Adam here to bring you my latest Monday Matchup drawing. This week, I chose a Pilot Prera, Light Green, with a Medium nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin. I tried to find an ink that was as close as possible to the color of the pen, and Pilot Iorshizuku Chiku-Rin was remarkably close. I thought it was nice to keep it in the same product line. Read on to hear about my drawing and what I thought of the pen and ink!

When I first put pen to page, I immediately felt, ‘this ink is too subtle for me’. I generally like loud, bold inks. Thinking about subtlety led me to think about the work of Lao Tzu. I learned about Taoism in college, and it’s a philosophy that I connect with. If you’re interested, the book ‘The Tao of Pooh’ by Benjamin Hoff is spectacular. So I perused through some Lao Tzu quotes and landed on some that I thought were pertinent to our time.

To begin, I searched for images of Lao Tzu, and this picture is the main one that pops up. I drew the outline, then set to filling it in. I tried to primarily use a cross-hatch pen shading technique. I love writing in cursive, but I didn’t think cursive would be the best thing to communicate the feeling of Tao. I chose a somewhat stylized print so that the ideas would be communicated clearly. I particularly enjoy just contemplating the idea that our thoughts are creative and lead us to our destiny. I am pretty happy with how this work turned out. I specifically wanted to make this very simplistic, and I feel good about where I ended up. Loading up too many quotes would’ve been too much. These two in particular I felt were relevant to current events. I hope that some folks out there read these and it opens up some self-reflection.

The Pilot Prera was a surprisingly wet writing pen. I wasn’t expecting that. I have an extra fine vanishing point, and it is SUPER fine. Chiku-Rin is a nice color, I enjoyed using it for this piece, but it’s not something that I would personally use in my pens. I would use this combination for just writing random musings, and maybe song lyrics. It’s a subtle, contemplative color. I wouldn’t use it for journaling or writing letters. It just doesn’t stand out enough for me.

A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

A quote and illustration by Lao Tzy using Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin ink and a Pilot Prera fountain pen.

You can find the Pilot Prera in Light Green at GouletPens.com for $56. Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin is available in a 50ml bottle for $19.99 or a 2ml sample for $1.75.

In an effort to make entering Monday Matchup a little easier, we’ve done away with the Rafflecopter widget and will be randomly selecting a winner from a randomly chosen platform each week. The entries methods will still be the same: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog comment, but you’ll no longer have to complete your entry through Rafflecopter.

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:

  • Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
  • You can choose to enter only one way or submit up to 4 different entries if you’d like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.

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The contest is open Monday, March 19, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 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.

Write On,
Adam