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While I probably own at least half a dozen manual pencil sharpeners, I am always misplacing them. When I do find one, it’s usually the one that consistently chews the point off my pencil requiring me to re-sharpen them again and again leaving me with half the pencil I started with. I have a really awesome electric sharpener in my studio but I always seem to forget my pencils at home. I also have an older battery-operated unit which doesn’t seem to have the gusto (chewing power) that it once had which probably should be retired.
Do you have a favorite tried and true pencil sharpener? What brand? I may be looking for a new one… (I keep eyeballing those retro glass sharpeners by Alvin- especially the red one.)
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We’ve received several requests for plain paged notebooks. Most recently, this message from a Turkish university student and self-proclaimed “stationery nerd”:
“We university students love and buy and use plain paged notebooks, buy most companies do not have paper as qualified as yours. We want to use Rhodia’s quality papered notebooks, and we want them to be plain paged please.”
We’ve also heard specific requests for spiral bound plain paged books – which is one product I’d swipe up in a heartbeat.
Are you a fan of unruled paper? Do you use it primarily for writing, sketching, or a combination of both?
Image courtesy of puww on Instagram.
A short while back we received a comment about the texture of the yellow paper in our No. 19 Staplebound Pads. When the person had mentioned that the yellow paper had more “tooth” than its white counterpart, Karen sent me one of each to test and I would tend to agree. While both papers are manufactured by Clairefontaine and are each 80g in weight, the 80g white performs as expected but the yellow does indeed feel “toothier” and is especially nice when used with a pencil.
So here’s the deal: We’ve got 5 pairs of these tablets to give away. If you are located in the USA and are willing to provide us with timely feedback on the yellow versus white paper with whatever media you prefer, (pencil, fountain pen, gel pen, etc.) please enter your info on the form below and click submit. (The form may not be visible when viewed on a mobile device or if you are subscribed to our blog via e-mail. Please visit RhodiaDrive.com to view the form)
This particular offer is open to USA participants and will remain open until midnight EST on Friday February 21st. Participants will be selected at our discretion and notified by e-mail the week of February 24th with additional details on where to submit the product feedback. Testers are also welcome to write their own blog reviews about these products.
Earlier today I was trying to draw with a fountain pen on a drawing pad which boasts “excellent tooth”. This was not a good match at all. Had I been using pencils, charcoal or pastels, it would have been perfect but the delicate fountain pen nib (which admittedly was not flowing as well as it should) was extra annoyingly scratchy on this surface.
My drawing preference (with pencils etc.) is a paper with at least a little bit of tooth. My writing preference with any device (fountain pen, pencil, etc.,) is smooth but not too smooth. I want the pen to flow but not skate recklessly across the surface.
What is Your Preferred Paper Surface Texture?
Fountain pen ink is water based. Depending on how a particular brand of paper is made, this type of ink may feather on the surface or bleed through to the other side. Clairefontaine (the parent company of Rhodia) manufactures their own paper in France and their 80g-90g paper products are very well known for being fountain pen friendly. It is this feature that continues to attract many people to our products.
Did you come to discover Rhodia products in this way? Are you a fountain pen user?
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In 2012 we created the first ever Rhodia Journal Swap. The idea was simple - 12 people in the US sending Rhodia Webnotebooks from one person to the next, each adding content as they go and sharing some of their completed pages on a group Tumblr blog.
Despite everyone’s best intentions to participate in a fun and ongoing project, life occasionally took precedence over participation. The initial momentum began to waver several months into this year long project and would eventually slow to a crawl as people were receiving books faster then they could create content – ultimately keeping the swap from progressing as scheduled and leaving some people without books to create in for months on end.
Some of the positive feedback we heard from participants?
- What I liked: the writings, artwork, etc. from the contributors were amazing. … I loved sharing stories with them, discovering their blogs etc.
- I loved the writings and art in my book. The swappers chosen were all talented and interesting individuals.
- I’ve met (virtually) several new people… at least three I now communicate with regularly. New friends are always nice!
- I loved the creative outlet it provided and the inspiration that came from seeing other people’s contributions.
- The best part of the swap was seeing the work on the tumblr blog,
Areas of opportunity for future swaps?
- Clearer instructions on how to contribute to the Tumblr blog
- A shared spreadsheet for tracking the books.
- A Facebook group for communicating between participants.
- Less pages to work on at a time.
Stephanie’s ideas for a future swap:
- Having several “micro groups” swapping concurrently. Perhaps 4-5 groups of 3 people each, with the potential of adding at least one international group.
- Using a different Exaclair product with less pages – 6×8″ Clairefontaine Crok books are one option. (Blank pages which can hold up to a variety of art mediums)
- Clearer instructions for posting content to Tumblr
- Implementing a Facebook group for participants to communicate.
Do you have any additional suggestions which might improve this concept? We’d love to hear from you.
Image above from swap participant Lou (Trillium) McCallister.
Rhodia Drive experienced a few hiccups over the last 2 days and when the blog was restored, this post disappeared along with a few of your comments. I think we may have also lost a few comments from Friday’s post about Herbin Anniversary inks. Since we greatly value your feedback, if you don’t see a comment that you know you submitted on either of these two posts, we’d be grateful if you’d be willing to take the time to resubmit your thoughts.
For the last several years I’ve made it a point to always finish a notebook by the year’s end and move into a new book in the new year but I didn’t do it this year. With my birthday being the very last day of the calendar year, I’ve often found myself running around during the end of December, “I’ve got to do this by the end of the year, I’ve got to do that by the end of the year…” As if the significance of these actions would make a real difference when performed with such specific intention. (Letting go)
Truth be told, I found that I did not like using the 2013 book in 2014. It just felt, wrong. Like I was living in the past, or that I didn’t want to let go of the events that happened during that year. Thankfully, I’ve since finished it and moved into a new book .
As you finish a notebook and move from one to the next, is there anything special you do to mark the occasion? Such as:
- Writing a defining end passage on the last page
- Writing a list of specific accomplishments during the time the notebook was in use
- Putting your name and the date inside the cover of the new book
- Adding a favorite quote to the inside front cover
- Copying your bucket list from one book to the next
- Moving a favorite bookmark, photo, or papers from one book to the next
Do you have any suggestions or requests for a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink to be added to the existing 1670 duo of our highly saturated inks? A rich silvery black? A deep forest green with a coppery sheen? What about aubergine with minuscule flecks of mica?
View this previous post about J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean ink.
In Tuesday’s blog post, I asked what colors you would most like to see added to J Herbin’s “Jewel of Inks” line. Several of you, (me included) suggested more saturated versions of existing colors which made me wonder… If J. Herbin offered highly pigmented inks, (somewhere between this line and the 1670 Anniversary inks) what particular characteristics do you think would need to remain the same for them to still be uniquely Herbin inks?
What is it specifically about J. Herbin inks that you like? The flow? The shading? The smell?
J. Herbin currently has 30 colors available in the La Perle des Encres (“Jewel of Inks”) line which can be viewed here. If you are a fan of these inks, please tell us which are your favorites, and what colors you’s like to see added to expand the line.
My own personal favorites include Violette Pensee, Perle Noire, and Orange Indien. I’d love to see a brighter and slightly more saturated red than the Rouge Caroubier. (though not as dark or saturated as the Rouge Hematite from the 1670 Anniversary line.) Please feel free to share this post.
Which is your favorite color of Exaclair paper? Do you prefer the bright Clairefontaine white, the Rhodia 80g white or off-white as in the Rhodia R pads and Webbies? And what about the color of the ruling? What do you like best?
For writing and sketching, I’ve always preferred a paper that is at least a little bit off-white.
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I will be updating Rhodiapads.com with new products in January. The site will also be optimized for mobile viewing as well, since over 25% of our traffic is now from tablets and smart phones.
What changes or revisions would you suggest? The look of the site will have to remain close to the French corporate site – bloc-rhodia.fr.
In 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first official White House card. Over the years, these cards would typicaly depict White House scenes as rendered by prominent American artists. The number of recipients has snowballed over the decades, from just 2,000 in 1961 to 1.4 million in 2005. (Per Wiki) The image above depicts American president Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1967 White House Christmas card.
It’s been a good number of years since I’ve sent out holiday cards and do you know what? I miss it. I don’t hardly receive them anymore either – and I’m not sure if that’s because of people not sending them, or people just not sending them to me.
Do you still mail out holiday cards? If so, what kind do you send? Traditional store bought cards, photo cards – or maybe handmade cards? If you don’t send them anymore, why not? Limited time? Cost of postage?
Karen Doherty and I were just chatting about whether or not lawyers have the market cornered on the use of legal pads or if people found in other professions find the longer length useful as well.
What do you think?
Or about the The illustrious history of the yellow legal pad?
Image courtesy of Joolsw on Instagram.
Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.
Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.