**WINNER: Congrats to Kim C. (Entered on Facebook). Check back next week for another awesome Monday Matchup Giveaway**
Hello all, Adam here again to bring you my latest Monday Matchup. This week, I was given the Stipula Tocco Fero and Monteverde Horizon Blue ink to use. Read on to hear about my inspiration and my impressions of this pen and ink.
I was excited to try out the Tocco Ferro pen because it has been such a big hit with our customers, so it was fun to see what all the hype was about, outside of how awesome it just looks. Also, Monteverde Horizon Blue has been one of our more popular Monteverde inks. We’ve been running the free ink deal with a purchase of select pens and this one is popular, so it was fun to be experiencing something that I felt many of our customers were working with.
Honestly, when it came to creating my drawing, I had a heck of a time deciding on subject matter. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I was stumped on what to do with a blue ink, as it’s not a color I associate with Halloween. Any other color would have been easy. Ultimately I thought, what author or poem do I connect most with Halloween? Edgar Allan Poe was the first thing that came to my mind. Few poems of his are as iconic as ‘The Raven’. I used a Rhodia No. 18 blank notepad to create a drawing of a raven and write lines from the poem. It really helped make the ink pop to draw on the blank paper. I found a nice picture of a Raven online and used that for inspiration. I primarily focus on filling in the dark spots first as points of focus, and a cross-hatching technique to create details. I really enjoyed this process. I normally take a long time to complete works of art, and I intentionally gave myself just one hour to do this drawing. Some things aren’t necessarily perfect, and I would normally do more detail, but I think the imperfections work with this image. It was fun to set a deadline on a piece of art and stick to it and just be happy with what turned out. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so this was a liberating and enjoyable experience.
Horizon Blue is a great blue ink. It is right on the edge of not being too dark and not being too light. I would put it up there with my favorites at this point. I think it’s a solid blue that can be used for any purpose, personal or professional. It’s vibrant enough to evoke inspiration in art, but not so loud as to not work in a professional setting.
The Tocco Ferro was a very wet writer for a fine pen, which I loved. It’s capable of creating a fine line when writing, but still made creating shading and large spots of shadow very easy. It was a bit short for me, so I found my hand getting a bit cramped when using it for a long time. The cap is quite heavy, so posting didn’t really help that for me. The texture of the pen was pleasant when using it. It’s absolutely gorgeous, but I have really long fingers and it just wasn’t long enough for me. This pen, and this nib size, are great for writing and drawing. I’ve been using the pen to take notes during meetings and while planning some things for the Fulfillment Team, and I have very much enjoyed it. I would recommend this pen to anyone for any purpose, but know that it’s on the heavy side (which I love ), and if you’ve got long fingers you’ll might have to post it to really enjoy your experience.
You can find the Stipula Ventidue Tocco Ferro Blue for $180 at GouletPens.com. Monteverde Horizon Blue is available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.25 or a 90ml bottle for $15, but you can get a free bottle with the purchase of any of these pens through December 31, 2018.
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