An illustration of a cat and mouse featuring a quote by N.R. Hart made using a Karas Kustoms Fountain K fountain pen in Orage and Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte shimmering ink.

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Hi there, fountain pen fans! Jenn here, bringing you my latest matchup. This week, I got to use the Karas Kustoms Fountain K in Orange Aluminum and the new Jacques Herbin 1798 Cornaline d’Egypte ink. Read on to hear about my inspiration for this purr-fectly comfy kitty and what I thought of the pen and ink!

The orange ink kept bringing to mind an orange tabby cat. I love kitties (I have 3 at home), but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to draw my imaginary tabby. Playing with yarn? Stalking a butterfly? Then I came across a picture I’d taken awhile back of my cat Zazzles asleep with his chin on the top of the tank of my betta fish, Threat Level Midnight (yes, I’m a fan of both Big Bang Theory and The Office!). It was adorable; it really did seem like Zazzles was trying to make friends with TLM and got so comfy he just fell asleep. I immediately knew I wanted to base my drawing off of that picture.

I started off by tracing a picture of a fish bowl, so I could ensure it would be symmetrical. I lightly drew in some outlines of the cat, then traced over my outlines until they were the thickness that I wanted. I gave emphasis to his ears, eyes, and nose, while keeping the outer facial lines very thin. After that, I moved on to outlining his paws, body, and tail. Again, I kept the lines thin and wavering to give the suggestion of fur without drawing individual hairs.

Once my kitty was outlined, I drew in the betta fish. I retraced the outer fins a couple of times to darken the lines, then filled them in, varying from extremely light pressure to firm pressure to get some variance in thickness and shade. I moved on to the scales. I tried to draw them in as realistically as possible but my medium nib was too thick for such tiny details. I ended up just making small, filled-in diamonds and randomly re-tracing some to make them darker. I finished up by shading in some areas of the fins, to give depth to the overall look. After the ink on my betta was dry, I went back to my cat and finished him up by adding his tabby stripes and whiskers. My drawing still seemed incomplete at this point. I realized I needed to add décor to the fish bowl. To keep it simple, I chose to go with your everyday aquarium rocks. I retraced the outline of the rocks several times, and then used a clean, wet brush pen to fill each one with a touch of color. My final step was to add the quote. I knew I wanted one that was simple, short, and spoke to comfort and companionship.  I chose the quote by N. R. Hart because I loved how adding it to my drawing lends viewers to the conclusion that these two creatures are the best of friends, unlikely as that may be.

I own an Karas Kustoms Ink and I really like it, so I was excited to try the Fountain K. I found it comfortable to hold, and while it’s definitely a solid weight, I didn’t find it to be heavy at all.  The grip is metal (the entire pen is metal) but not slippery. The nib was smooth and overall I really had a good writing experience. The orange color is bright but not obnoxiously so; I’m not a huge fan of orange but I like the look of this pen a lot.

The Cornaline d’Égypte is the newest Jacques Herbin 1798 shimmering ink. If you’ve read any of my previous Monday Matchups, you know I’m a huge fan of shimmer inks, and this one is no exception. It has a surprising range of color, from the light orange brought out by the brush pen to the almost brown that appears when put down in layers. The silver shimmer came through quite well, despite using a medium nib (as opposed to a broad or stub). When used in writing, the orange is a pleasing shade that is easily readable while remaining unique. So many people worry about clogs when using a shimmer pen, but the ink never once stopped flowing. I drew this picture over the course of four days, and I never had a problem just picking up the pen and getting straight to work. I did have difficulties with the finer details – the whiskers, the fins, the little wisps of hair inside the kitty’s ears – and getting them to actually show up on the paper. I think I was basically trying to get a medium nib to put down a fine or even extra-fine line, and that’s just not what medium nibs are made to do, so it’s not surprising that I had a hard time. Using a variety of nibs for the piece probably would have solved this struggle.

I feel like the Fountain K and the Jacques Herbin Cornaline d’Égypte would be great for just about anything –personal journaling, letter writing, work notes if you’re allowed non standard colors, and drawing. Yes it’s a shimmer ink, and yes it’s orange, but it’s also quite readable, flows well, and makes you happy when you look at it. The pen itself is tough – no worries if you’re taking it from place to place – and with the screw-on cap you can just toss it in your purse or stick it in your pocket and you’re good to go (although a pen slip never hurt anyone, either!).

An illustration of a cat and mouse featuring a quote by N.R. Hart made using a Karas Kustoms Fountain K fountain pen in Orage and Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte shimmering ink.

An illustration of a cat and mouse featuring a quote by N.R. Hart made using a Karas Kustoms Fountain K fountain pen in Orage and Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte shimmering ink.

An illustration of a cat and mouse featuring a quote by N.R. Hart made using a Karas Kustoms Fountain K fountain pen in Orage and Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte shimmering ink.

An illustration of a cat and mouse featuring a quote by N.R. Hart made using a Karas Kustoms Fountain K fountain pen in Orage and Herbin Cornaline d'Egypte shimmering ink.

 

You can find the Karas Kustoms Fountain K in Orange Aluminum at GouletPens.com for $80. Jacques Herbin Cornaline d’Egypte is availabe in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml sample for $2.

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Write On,
Jenn