**WINNER: Congrats to Jessica (@pens.and.puppers on Instagram). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hi! Susan back again, bringing you the Diplomat Traveller Flame and Monteverde Copper Noir ink. I’m psyched for a chance to write a bit more with a Diplomat, as a new line my experience thus far has been limited. The Monteverde inks never disappoint, and hey, I just love getting to hang out with you guys!
My inspiration for artwork is almost always the same, I can’t draw to save my life so what can I trace or what is so easy even I can do it. As you can see, even getting two eyebrows to match is a challenge. For this, I had to find that low level of skill to go with my fine tuned sense of the bizarre. Enter the late, great Frank Zappa! We all have “THOSE” stories don’t we? Stories from our youth that we look back on with a big smile and a sigh but if our own kids did it today, we’d be either livid or frantic. This probably falls under the frantic category. Picture it, 1972, my first rock and roll concert, Princeton, N.J. Cheech and Chong opened for, yup, you got it, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Did my mother know where I was? Of course not, I was in 7th grade for Pete’s sake! There were like 10 or 12 of us all feeling one third oh so grown up, one third terrified, and one third just trying to blend in and not look like the deer in the headlights we felt like, because upon getting to the concert we realized “It’s all big kids.”
Creating the piece was simple. All I really used was the Diplomat and the Monteverde ink. If I were to do this piece again, I’d ask Drew to draw a computer with eyebrows for me! After the computer was done, I wrote the quote in around it.
This pen was interesting. You guys know me, I’m a stub and cursive italic girl, but this medium nib wasn’t bad at all! It’s a smooth writer, and very light weight. For a steel nib, it has a tad of bounce to it. Although I don’t post my pens, when I did post this, I felt very little difference. It really is light as air. For all the folks I speak with who share my arthritis, or if you have any reason to need a light pen with a smooth touch. This is a good one for you to think about. If you like slender pens, this is a good one to look at. The flower on the nib and top finial is really a nice touch too. As I said, this is a slender pen, the body has 10mm diameter. For me personally, that’s a bit skinny for me, these sausage fingers like a big wider pen. This pen is good for whatever you want to use it for. With the narrow body I can see it being comfortable in a pocket, easy to carry around, the clip is nice and strong so it can go on a notebook too.
The ink is fabulous! The shading isn’t outrageous but subtle, elegant. It dried very fast, (attention my lefty friends). I think I see this great color for the coming autumn. (Although this summer girl hates to admit it.) Monteverde has a whole Noir series, and now I must try them all! This is an ink that can be professional and not be black or black/blue or blue/black, for you jazzy professionals! I can also see this looking gorgeous on cream paper! Bullet journalers (is that a word, journalers?) may want something that dries a tad quicker, if they journal faster than a speeding bullet. (Sorry had to to do it, it was right there.)
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.
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- Match a pen and ink together. They don’t have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
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The contest is open Monday, September 17, 2018, at 12 pm EDT until Tuesday, September 18, 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.