An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

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Hey pen friends, Sarah here! I got the opportunity to try out two new products, the Faber-Castell Essentio and the new Kyo No Oto Aonibi ink. I photograph a lot of new products every day and love whenever I get the chance to try them out!

The Kyo No Oto Aonibi ink reminded me of water, but honestly, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to draw. It has been raining every day for almost two weeks now and the soft blue went along with the mood outside. The rain can be a little bit of a downer after a while, so I tried to put a positive spin on it by looking at the bright side of how beautiful rain can be. I remembered this L.M. Montgomery quote and it seemed perfect for what I was feeling. Every time the seasons change into Fall or Spring I get the itch to read L.M. Montgomery because of how well she describes nature.

I began by drawing a simple circle using the bottom of a cup for my earth illustration. The drawing was very basic for this week, as I really wanted to draw attention to the quote. It was harder than I thought it would be to draw out the continents and shade the earth. Clouds over the ocean are hard! I leaned into the loose watercolor feel so it didn’t have to be too perfect. I used a water brush pen to make it loose and went back in with the fountain pen to clean up the lines.

The Essentio broad nib was soooo smooth. It’s the same nib as the Loom, and I always love how buttery smooth the broader Faber-Castell nibs can be. It really showed off the Kyo No Oto Aonibi ink color, and it flowed really wet. It has me wanting to try out more Kyo No Oto inks, I’m going to have to grab some samples. You can’t go wrong with this pen and ink combination and I’m glad that I was able to try it!

An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

An illustration of the world featuring a quote by L.M. Montgomery. Made using a Faber Castell Essentio blue fountain pen and Kyo-No-Oto Aonibi ink.

 

 

You can find the Faber-Castell Essentio for $48 at GouletPens.com. Kyo No Oto Aonibi is available in a 40ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml sample for $2.40.

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 24, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, September 25, 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.

What is your favorite way to brighten a rainy day?

Write On,
Sarah