**WINNER: Congrats to Daniel B. (Entered on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hi there, fountain pen fans, Whitney here. This week, I’m excited to bring you my pairing of Diamine Blue Velvet and the LAMY Accent in Rubber. Read on to hear about what inspired this piece and how I felt about this pen and ink.
My inspiration for this piece came from the fact that it’s Ray Lamontagne’s birthday. He came out with a new album this year and this matchup is a set of lyrics from one of his new songs. I thought I’d try to mix it up a little bit from the usual watercolor-portrait-with-scripty-quote routine, so I set out to make something where the words were the primary artistic portion of work. Because Lamontagne’s new album has a distinctly 60s/70s folk/rock vibe, I looked into fonts typical for print media during that time period. I then ~painstakingly~ hand drew the letters as I saw them on the screen. Once finished, I took a little paintbrush and applied some water to the larger letters to add a little more structure to them. I also added a faint watercolor edge.
This was the most mentally draining Monday Matchup I’ve done, and I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new. There are obviously official tools intended for making these fonts, so doing it freehand is a somewhat silly and taxing endeavor. It gave me another helping of appreciation for typography and a desire to do it with the types of writing utensils that are actually designed for that kind of mark-making.
The Lamy nib was an EF, which is a nib I’m very used to because I have it on my CP1. The rubber grip on the Accent was nice, especially because I was working on very tedious and specific letters. As for the aesthetics, I’m not a huge fan of the Accent pens, but I’m not bothered too greatly by them. Diamine Blue Velvet is a nice little ink. It’s a slightly more indigo – leaning blue with a little bit of a reddish sheen in places. I wouldn’t have thought to choose this ink, but I thought it was rather nice. It responded to water nicely too. I was able to pick up some lines with the water and blend them into a light blue. This pair would be fine for anything. It’s an extra fine, so broad writers beware. It would be good for notetaking or other artistic projects.
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.
- 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, June 18, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 12 pm EDT. 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.