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Hi, everyone, Lydia here again with another (surprisingly not baseball related) Monday Matchup! This week, I was given Colorverse Andromeda and the Faber-Castell Loom in Metallic Grey with a Fine nib. I have not had a ton of experience with the Looms and I was super excited to get my hands on the Colorverse ink. Keep reading to hear more about my experiences.
My parents are both big Nat King Cole fans and I grew up listening to a lot of his music. As I was searching for inspiration, it dawned on me that the opening lines to this song, “Stardust,” would be a perfect fit. The ink is a sort of a magenta purple and is named for a galaxy full of star dust. I have always been fascinated by this song and how the opening lines sort of just unroll off of Nat King Cole’s tongue like a musical fairytale story unfolding. The lyrics are kind of whimsical as well “And now the purple dusk of twilight time steals across the meadows of my heart…”. I rediscovered it while I was in college. AT&T had a commercial of a father reading bedtime stories to his son over the phone, and I thought of my own childhood and the dreamy sound of the song. So I wanted to create a dreamy landscape with a star covered sky and write to opening line of this song as if they were a fairy tale “once upon a time”.
To begin, I created a light gradient ink wash with a waterbrush pen to create the background. I wasn’t originally set on doing the Nat King Cole quote so I was just playing around with the ink. It ended up being a fantastic backdrop for my scene. Once that had dried, I freehand drew in the rolling hillsides and the stars. I love how a subtle sheen shows through in some of the stars and the edges of the hills, despite the fact that the pen was only a fine nib. I used the waterbrush pen again to layer in colors and give the hills some definition and dimension. I think they really show the range of colors you can get from this ink. Once that had dried, I wrote the quote below the stars.
I am in love with the Colorverse inks. They are such gorgeous colors and so smooth flowing. I did have a bit of an issue with the wetness of the ink as a lefty trying to do this artwork, but it shouldn’t prove too much of an issue if you are just writing with a fine nib. The color of Andromeda is wonderful, such a rich magenta type hue. I was not as big of a fan of the Loom however. The shiny bodied pen was not something I am used to and it is a bit small and slick for my grip. For whatever reason, holding the pen caused my hands to sweat and the pen slipped from my grip a few times. The moisture also caused some smudging in my artwork, which was a bit frustrating. I think I would have liked to try this piece with a different metallic pen. This pen and ink combo could be good for any sort of writing projects, although I would probably take breaks in writing to rest my hand. The pen is very well balanced and the ink is bold yet subtle enough to be great for letter-writing and notes.
You could win this pen and ink! 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.
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The contest is open Monday, April 30, 2018, at 12 pm EST until Tuesday, May 1, 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.