**WINNER: Congrats to Daniel B. (Entered on Facebook). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hello, everyone, my name is Adrianne. I am a Customer Care Specialist and I just joined the Goulet Pen Company team a few months ago. The whole experience of joining this company has been a bit of an adventure to me and this Monday Matchup is no exception. For my first matchup, I chose the Platinum PTL-5000A in a medium nib and Colorverse Laurel for my pen and ink. I wanted to try a smaller sized pen with a gold nib to see “what the fuss was all about” and I love the Colorverse brand, so wanted to see the new inks in action. Read on to hear about my experience.
For me, the Laurel color makes me think of Fantasy. I travel to DragonCon in Atlanta every year, and this Monday Matchup is right after my trip so drawing a dragon was the obvious choice. I love dragons because they are regal and fierce, but can also be fun-just like the Colorverse inks. Then I found the quote and it just all clicked into place. Everything in life can be an adventure!
There was not a huge elaborate process to creating this piece. I am not much of an artist, so I started out by researching “How to draw a Dragon” and watching lots of youtube videos. Using the Rhodia No. 18 Notepad, I started sketching. I sketched a few test dragons out before settling on this one. Then I took a Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Water Brush Pen and dipped it in water to go over the outline and soften the image a little-trying to give a little depth and shading to my dragon (whose name is Walter, by the way). Then I went back over the now softened lines with my pen and ink to lay down more ink so I would be able to use the brush tip pen again and “color in” the rest of the dragon. I could have played around a little more with the shading and water brushing of the ink to see how I could make the drawing have more depth, but overall I was pretty happy with the end result based on what I wanted it to look like. I finished up by going over the eye, teeth and scales again to give them a lot of definition I let him dry and then wrote the quote, going over the word Dragons to give it a little bit more focus too. At the end, I realized I had mixed up the spelling of Tolkien’s name, so that is something I would definitely give more attention to if I was to do this piece again.
At first I didn’t really think I would be able to tell a difference with the gold nib. I tend to go for larger pens, so this was a smaller pen in my hand, and I have to really focus on holding the pen correctly with the 3 finger grip rather than my traditional 4 finger grip, because the grip section is too small for 4 fingers. I like the length of the pen posted, and was surprised at how smooth the medium nib was, especially given I normally go for a fine or extra fine. It was very smooth to write and draw with. I tried it out on Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm1917 and regular copy paper, and found that it was pretty smooth on all papers, with this ink. I liked it so much, I had to add it to my collection. I would totally use this pen and ink for bullet journaling and letter writing-times when I wanted to take my time while writing. I’ve been working on writing with purpose, and this combination will certainly help with that. But I also like the tight snap of the cap so I could take it with me and jot down notes quickly if I needed to because it wrote every time, no matter the situation. No hard starts, no inky messes, it will become one of my regular rotation pens for sure.
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.
- Here’s how to enter:
The contest is open Monday, September 10, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, September 11, 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.