[Sold] Passion Flower – hand-painted fountain pen


Lisa Strachan’s second painting of botanic art on a pen features the passion flower, or Passiflora sp.. Lisa’s rendition shows the flower in subtle tones, with the flower’s alternating sepals and petals around the outside of the corona illustrated in alternating hues of the most delicate of pale yellows and parchment white, while the centre of the corona is in an understated deep purple. The art pen’s barrel is decorated with tendrils in subdued colours and exquisite detail of the unopened flowers in light graphite.

There are more than 500 species in the Passiflora genus, the best known of which is the delicious granadilla. According to brittanica.com, the symbolism behind this flower being called the Passion Flower is as follows:

The passion flower blossom, especially the flower of the purple passion fruit (P. edulis), is often used to symbolize events in the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ, the Passion of Christ, which accounts for the name of the group. Thus, the corona represents the crown of thorns, the styles represent the nails used in the Crucifixion, the stamens represent the five wounds, and the five sepals and five petals represent 10 of the Apostles—all but Judas, who betrayed Jesus, and St. Peter, who denied Jesus three times on the night of his trial.

We made the pen blank, Lisa painted it, then we set it in clear resin, pressurised and cured the resin, turned the final shape, added a grip section with a sterling silver ring as well as a silver centre band, then polished and buffed the pen and finally tuned and added a Jowo nib.

What I find most remarkable is that if this were a traditional botanical art painting, one could frame it and hang it on a wall, but never be able to touch it. With the botanic art being painted on a pen and then protected in a coat of clear resin, one can handle the art, view it at close range, carry it around and use it every day, without fear of damaging the painting.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad at the check-out.

The Jabulani model


This is a gently curvaceous model, with a relatively wide girth of 16 mm (0,6″) narrowing to a 10,5 mm (0,4″)  grip section. It has our logo on the finial, and the finial is ever-so-slightly rounded, rather than dead flat, which adds to the pen’s elegance.


  mm inches
Total length (closed)  148 5,8 
Length (pen only no cap) 136  5,3 
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16  0,6 
Width of section at narrowest point 10,5  0,4 
Section length 25  10 
Cap thread 14  0,5 

The section can be made to fit either a Bock #6 or a Jowo #6 nib.

Refill type:

Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.


International shipping to your door via DHL Express is R350 and should take less than 10 days once despatched. Pens are securely packed.

Shipping within South Africa to your door is R60.

More information on this model is available here.