In Week 2 of The Paper Project, we offered a sample from one of our most popular G Lalo products, “Vergé de France” stationery. In upcoming weeks, we will be offering the paper again in a variety of colors.
Not familiar with Vergé?
“The G. Lalo… What can I say? it really made me want to have someone to write a personal letter to. It is so fantastically aristocratic, and it feels so perfectly right to scribble a few words with my Pelikan M640 Polar Lights, I think it was made especially for such a pen.”
“The G. Lalo was very different. The moment I felt it I was intrigued, and man did it impress! It’s textured so writing on it with a pencil was not as smooth, but you can definitely feel the thickness. Using my fountain pen on it felt great! Very quick dry time.”
“…wishing for a G. Lalo paper filled sketchbook….made me want to draw on it. It had just enough tooth to make me feel when my pen/pencil was on the paper, but not so much that I felt like I was fighting it”
50 sheet tablets of this exquisite 100g laid paper are available in 5 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4″ and 8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4″. Matching envelopes are available.
The 5 3⁄4 x 8 1⁄4″ is available in 00, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07*, 10, 16, 28
The 8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4″ is available in 00, 02, 03*, 05*, 06, 07*, 10*, 16, 18*, 19*, 28
TUNE IN JANUARY 5TH FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT (The Paper Project is on holiday the weeks of December 22nd & 29th)
“Sunset over Siesta Key” Pastel on PASTELMAT by Angie Snyder Lande
Today’s Noteworthy artist is Angie Snyder Lande who will be offering a review on samples of PASTELMAT provided by Armadillo Art. PASTELMAT is a premium acid-free and lightfast card surface (360gsm / 170lb) specially developed by Clairefontaine for pastelists. Its unique velvety surface, made from a fine coating of cellulose fibers, has the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of even the softest pastels. PASTELMAT is ideal for use with all dry media, and is also water resistant for use with washes and mixed media techniques.
The inspiration for this painting is a sunset from Siesta Key, Florida. I am always photographing skies. They are a painter’s dream with their ever-changing colors and forms. I am intrigued with light, how it glows and falls on forms. This glow I try to achieve, gives a feeling of warmth throughout my work that is peaceful and inviting.
I really enjoy working with this paper. I usually work on tinted paper for most of my pastel and charcoal drawings because it acts as an underpainting or *imprimatura.
I am always looking for a great surface that will hold up to many layers of color. PASTELMAT was soft like velvet yet durable. It handled well with soft pastel sticks as well as pastel pencil. I even worked with blending sticks, which can sometimes rough up the paper. I chose the black paper to bring contrast to the bold, warm sunset colors.
I appreciate the versatility between achieving soft blended areas of color as well as bold accents. I plan to experiment with wet media on the PASTELMAT as well.
Angie is inspired by the beauty around her. Forms, lines, textures, tones and colors transform into works of art. The forms become illuminated and sometimes figurative. The tactile experience from the creative process influences the emotion revealed from the finished work. Her drawings and paintings reflect her thoughts, her feelings, her life. Visit Angie Snyder Lande’s Art Page on Facebook
Angie Snyder Lande received her BFA from Kutztown University and has maintained her studio at the Banana Factory for over 10 years. During this time, her work has been on display throughout the region in galleries, juried shows, and invitational exhibitions. Angie has also supervised numerous mural projects throughout the community, and continues to teach drawing and painting to all age levels.
*Imprimatura is a term used in painting, meaning an initial stain of color painted on a ground. It provides a painter with a transparent, toned ground, which will allow light falling onto the painting to reflect through the paint layers. The term itself stems from the Italian and literally means “first paint layer”. The imprimatura provides not only an overall tonal optical unity in a painting but is also useful in the initial stages of the work, since it helps the painter establish value relations from dark to light.
I have a small immediate family but my extended family is gigantic. While I started researching my family tree over 25+ years ago, it wasn’t until fairly recently that I really began to speculate about the people themselves, and how they may have gone about their daily lives. To learn local history, I’ve Googled the names of the towns they lived in and as a result, have often discovered interesting local and regional news specific to my ancestors timelines. I’ve also taken virtual tours of these areas using Google Earth.
I’ve learned about the foods from where my ancestors grew up in Eastern Europe, then searched YouTube to find videos of native Hungarians who could show me how to properly make drop noodles for my Paprikash.
Interested in journaling about your own family history? Here are a number of articles that can help you get started:
Journaling Your Family History Journey at The Armchair Genealogist
It is important to not only record your family history but your own reactions, thoughts and impressions of your discoveries as you make your way through your research.
Keep a Family History Journal at Your Family Legacy
Don’t confuse a journal with a research log. Logs are for the discovered facts, such as your notes from viewing a census microfilm. A journal is for the thoughts, emotions, and memories from finding the facts. Recording the location of my great-great-great grandmother’s grave in a cemetery is a fact found in a library reference book. Finding her grave was a heady, emotional experience and worthy of a journal note.
Leaving Your Enduring Legacy at Easy Family History
One hundred or two hundred years from now, your descendants can know who you are. And they may find their lives forever changed for the better because of the legacy of uplifting, faith-promoting strength you left them.
Creating a Personal Journal at FamilySearch.org
Top 10 Memory Books – Journals with Questions for Preserving Family Memories at About Parenting
Need more inspiration? Here’s a Pinterest board on record-keeping, journaling & family history.
We are sold out of the orange cover Rhodia Weekly Planner (or Webplanner) in pocket and large. It is still available in black.
A number of people wrote to complain about the missing inside back pocket. The reason it was removed is that continuing to include it would have added an additional $4 to the price of each book. Presently, the suggested list price for pocket versions is $18; the large or desk size is $26. If we kept the inside pocket, the prices would have been $22 and $30 respectively.
Question: would you pay the extra $4 for the inside pocket?
The subject of today’s Talk Back post is: Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Stephanie Smith, and I am your Rhodia Driver. When people ask what I do, I often struggle to put it into a single word or phrase. The simplest answer would be, “I’m creative.” But that tends to not make sense to a lot of people. A slightly longer answer would be something along the lines of, “I’m a writer. I’m also an artist, and I develop and offer creativity workshops designed to inspire, empower, and support people along their path.” Rhodia Drive and I found each other because of my intense love for tools that feed my creativity.
I believe creativity flows easier when working with tools you love.
I’ve been using Rhodia 8+ years and one of my current favorite products is the No. 16 top stapled pad in blank or dot. Cover color doesn’t matter. How do I use these? Typically to scrawl ideas for new projects and I’ve gone through a ton.
I also use the No. 18 (blank) the Classic Meeting Books, R pads… As long as it’s blank or dot, it’s high on my list. I am patiently waiting for spiral bound dot pads….
Now that I’ve had a moment to share, will you tell us a bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you do, and which is your favorite Rhodia product?