Hello, fountain pen friends! It’s Lydia, bringing you some exciting news. Welcome to our new monthly feature, Inksploration!
Many of you have been asking when or if our beloved weekly Monday Matchup giveaways would be coming back after our holiday hiatus. We are happy to announce that we have brought the concept back, but in a fresh and fun new way. Thus, the concept of Inksploration was born!
Inksploration will be a new monthly feature centered around one ink we feel deserves some love and attention. Each month, we will feature the ink in a drawing and a written quote, plus you will also get the chance to read a quick ink review and meet some inks that are similar in color or properties. The month will culminate with a giveaway that feels very similar to the Monday Matchup giveaways, but will run for an entire week! Our hope is that this new blog will help shed more light on some great inks and provide a more comprehensive overview of what they can do.
Are you ready to join us on an adventure of inksploration?
Our first inksploration showcases Colorverse Morning Star, a gorgeous, wet turquoise ink that I fell in love with. It defintiely lived up to the hype I have for the wet and vibrant Colorverse line as a whole. It flowed well from the TWSBI feed and had a surprise sheen that I was delighted to see in the swabs and on paper.
Drawing Inspiration and Technique
This flower drawing is something I’ve done since high school whenever I was bored, or stressed, or fidgety. I can remember sitting in lecture classes, doodling a bouquet of these flowers on my notebook pages in an attempt to remain alert and attentive. I am not even sure what flower it’s supposed to mimic, but there is something so soothing about drawing it. You legitimately start out with a small dot and just keep drawing petals off that one spot. It’s up to you how small or large it ends up being. Just keep drawing until you feel done.
This was probably the easiest drawing I’ve ever done for a Goulet project. I started by drawing out my flower with a TWSBI Eco– Medium, then did a simple filigree border. I used a Maruman Mnemosyne N181 A4 Imagination Notepad- Blank. To fill the drawing in and give it more color, I used a water brush pen and filled the cap of a sample vial with some ink. I dipped the brush in the ink and dabbed the excess off until I got the shade I was hoping for. I alternated and moved around the flower so the colors would be diverse and give the drawing depth. Colorverse Morning Star is such a great ink for ink washes because you can get a great variety of shades. I went back in when the ink wash was dry and redrew the lines around the flower again to darken them. I finished by writing the word “bloom” beneath the flower. It feels very simple and inspirational and happy.
- Flow- Wet
- Not a great choice for lefties, I almost smudged it, but flowed beautifully, even from the EF TWSBI
- Dry Time- 30+ Seconds
- Very long dry time, over 30 seconds on Rhodia paper
- Water Resistance- Low
- Not at all water resistant, be careful using it around liquids
- Shading- Low
- Not much difference between swabs 1, 2, and 3
- How did the ink behave on other papers?
- The ink behaved very well on all types of paper. I used Leuchtturm1917, Rhodia, and Tomoe River for this test. There was no bleedthrough on the LT1917 paper, even with the q-tip swab. I can even see a bit of sheen on all of the papers.
- Special Features Worth Noting?
- Dual Packaging– 65ml bottle is great for home use and the 15ml bottle can be left at the office or given as a gift to penable a friend!
- Sheen!- With a wet feed and broad nib that lays down a lot of ink, you could probably get it to show up in your writing
Some inks that resemble the color of Morning Star are:
- 3 Oysters Aqua Green: A drier option, good choice for lefties
- Robert Oster Crystal Marine: Gorgeous shimmer ink, nice flowing ink, on the drier side for a shimmer ink
- Organics Studio Henry David Thoreau Walden Pond: If you want nothing but sheen when you write, this is the ink for you
Colorverse Morning Star is truly a wet and wondrous ink. Over the next several weeks watch our social feeds as we explore Morning Star, and keep your eyes open for the giveaway at the end of the month.
Giveaway (Wednesday, April 24- Wednesday, May 1, 2019)
Would you like to win your own set of Colorverse Morning Star and a TWSBI Eco in your choice of nib size? We will be giving this prize away one each of the four platforms mentioned below (There will be four winners total, one each on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and here on the blog). Winners will be randomly selected after the contest closes.
How to enter the Inksploration 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:
What is your favorite blue-green ink?