An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink

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Hi there, everyone. Whitney here, bringing you my latest matchup. This week, I got to use a Visconti Rembrandt Twilight in Extra Fine and Visconti Black ink. Read on to hear about my inspiration for this week’s piece, as well as what I thought of the pen and ink.

Today is the birthday of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Not only was she an incredibly talented vocalist with a contagious million-watt smile, but she took the Tejano music genre from being something very traditionally Mexican-American and male-dominated and mixed it with pop music. In doing this, she became one of the top-selling Latin musical artists of the 90s. She would have been 47 today!

To begin, I started by marking out the portrait with a “watercolor” of the ink using a Caran d’ache waterbrush pen. After this dried, I did a line drawing over top of the shading. Once the portrait was finished, I wrote the large text next to Selena’s face and wrote the lyrics to her song “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”

This is the first time I have used one of the newer Visconti nibs, and I really enjoyed the way it wrote. The nib doesn’t come to a rounded tip like many nibs I’m used to, but flattens out at the tip like a tiny stub nib. It’s a little softer, so there’s some line variation when writing even with that thinner line weight from the extra-fine nib.

I own a Visconti Van Gogh, so I’m pretty used to the shape and size of the body. I like that Viscontis don’t have a particularly rigid or faceted grip, because those tend to be a bit uncomfortable with the way I hold pens.

The ink was nothing particularly spectacular. It’s not a true, deep black, but more like a darker charcoal (at least on the Tomoe River paper). It was water resistant enough to pull some pigment into a water brush, but not so much that it would take away from much of the pigment already put onto the paper. I’d love to see what this nib would do with more of a shading ink. Drawing with black can be a bit underwhelming for me just because I tend to use black or neutral inks all the time, so I always enjoy using something different for the artworks.

This combination is perfectly suitable for writing. I might’ve wanted a slightly larger nib size for drawing the larger portions of the portrait (like the hair), because the smaller nibs take more time to cover ground.

An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink

An illustration of Selena Quintanilla-Perez with lyrics made with a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen and Visconti Black ink


You can find the Visconti Rembrandt Twilight at You can find Visconti Black in a 40ml bottle for $17.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

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Write on,