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Hi, y’all, it’s Whitney! For this week’s Monday Matchup, I chose an Opus 88 Picnic Brown in Fine, and Herbin Rouille D’ancre ink. Read on to hear about my inspiration and what I thought of this pen and ink! Spoiler: I find the Opus 88s super classy and Rouille d’Ancre is an amazing color.
I’m booking a trip to Paris for the winter, and I’ve got Paris on the brain, so that was my inpiration this week. Plus, Audrey Hepburn is gorgeous and an inspiration, so I felt it was an appropriate pairing for the quote. To create this piece, I began with a brush pen. I took a Caran d’Ache water brush and made some little gestural lines to suggest a Parisian street. I did a few rounds of this. Then I wrote the quote over top of the dried illustration. I splattered some ink and went over the drawing very quickly and lightly with the Opus 88 pen.
While my first experience with an eyedropper pen was much less daunting than I’d anticipated, I had some problems with flow for sure. The ink seems to be really dry and quick to set. There’s not much to be done with the pigment once it’s set on the paper. If you don’t have the patience for this type of ink, it’s probably not for you. Once I got the feel for it, though (especially with the water brush), I enjoyed how well it built upon itself; once a layer dried, I could add more on top to build darker tones.
The pen felt nice in my hand, which is a little surprising considering its less-than-svelte shape and size. I can’t tell if it was the nib specifically, the ink, or the combination that led to some flow issues, but that was definitely the most frustrating part of the experience. If I were to do this piece again, I might be interested in trying a larger nib with this ink, or maybe using a different ink with this nib. I’m not sure about the factor that complicated flow. Also, at one point, being the genius I am, I (wrongly) instinctively went to twist the body from the grip to inspect the (nonexistent) converter. I proceeded to dump the contents of the pen onto the drawing. I lifted a good amount up with the water brush pen, but decided to play off of the accident and put some splatters on the page. Paris is often pretty rainy anyway, so I thought it made for an appropriate reference.
I took some notes with the combination and thought it was nice. My taste in color is a little different from our more popular inks – I like muted, subdued colors and this was kind of nice. It’s not super saturated or dark, so it maynot be the best option for note-taking. The pen is attractive and nice to hold. No problems there. I’d like to experience the Opus 88 with a wetter ink perhaps. I was really eager for the potential the pen seemed to have. Definitely not writing it off (oh my gosh what a pun!) for the time being.
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The contest is open Monday, August 27, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, August 28, 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.