Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker
“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism
That Fountain Pen Is Too Much Trouble at Inkophile
Guest Post – Habana Daily 21 Daily Planner/Diary – Review at Plannerisms
The Best Writing Advice Pico Iyer Ever Received at Open Culture
Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips at Inc.com
How Small Can You Write? at A Penchant for Paper
The History of the Trapper Keeper at Mental_Floss
Rhodia R Premium Notepad Review at The Pen Addict
How to Keep an Effective Travel Journal at Kaizen Journaling
“New York City” at Ingrid Dijkers
Kenners 1960s Spirograph at My Supply Room
Journaling with a TWSBI Fountain Pen at Gourmet Pens
Review of Helix Pencil Top Sharpener Combo. at Pencil Revolution
Journaling: The Cure for Writer’s Block at Creative Write Now
I’m not sure if I have enough ink… at Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!
What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing? at Daily Writing Tips
Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces at Writing Forward
Image courtesy of lancepinto on Instagram
Our friend Sandra Strait from the blog “Life Imitates Doodles” recently performed an in-depth review on the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal with a Nostalgie Cover. The review includes an emphasis on how the paper responds both to writing implements and various art materials. You can find the full review here.
Image above courtesy of Eva Peters. Follow her as Public_Eva on Instagram or visit her on the web. Photo taken at Urban Espresso Bar West.
From ballpoint back to…pencil?! at Recording Thoughts
Working in My Art Journals… at Random Acts of Art
The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors at Flavorwire
How to Make More Time for Creative Writing at Writing Forward
Rhodia ve Clairefontaine Notebooks @D&R’s at Write to Me Often!
Three New Mechanical Pencils at Dave’s Mechanical Pencils
Giant Office Supply Props at The Well Appointed Desk
Arnold Pens at Fountain Pen Restoration
Colour or no colour? at Nordljus
3 Functions of the Comma at Daily Writing Tips
New Pencil Blog on the Block at Pencil Revolution
Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book? at Quo Vadis
50 Years, 1 Imagination: Man Draws 2000 Sq Ft Map by Hand at WebUrbanist
Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work For You at Create Write Now
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover at Life Imitates Doodles
Rhodia Notepad Paper Comparison: Classic Pads vs Premium Pads at Jenni Bick Blog
Brian Goulet’s Top 3 Daily Carry Fountain Pens at Ink Nouveau
This past week, I had the great pleasure of attending a Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors) in Wappingers Falls, New York with Alex and Allyson Grey. The week included numerous lectures and about 8 hours a day of studio time, (which took place in the Grey’s personal home studio) and while I almost always saw Alex with a sketchbook in hand or somewhere close by, this image depicts the first time I noticed him sketching with a fountain pen.
The pen is a Pelikan 150 (I forgot to ask about the nib width!) currently filled with Pelikan black ink. I say “currently” because Alex was not familiar with Herbin inks and I promised to send him a sample of the Perle Noire which made him very happy. (Good to know that even famous artists get excited at the prospect of trying new supplies!)
If you are interested in hearing more about my experience with the Grey’s, (I took close to 600 photos during the week!) follow me on Facebook at Stephanie Smith’s Mandala Art.
Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook on Life Imitates Doodles
Transforming Fear Through the Power of Journaling at Creative Write Now
Art Journal Prompts Galore at Daisy Yellow Blog
Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper at Notebook Stories
start by starting at Wild Thyme Creative
Where nibmeisters differ at And ALl Other Tasks
How to Keep Motivated When Working From Home at Under30Ceo
Review of Neon Ticonderogas at Pencil Revolution
365 Collages | Week 30 – the Post It Note Edition at iHanna’s Blog
Fader Vanishing Ink Highlighter at Office Supply Geek
Sanford / PaperMate Liquid Expresso Extra Fine Line Pen at A Penchant for Paper
Pen Loop at The Well Appointed Desk
Creative Every Day Theme for August 2013: Cycles at Creative Every Day
The Persistence of Pencil at Little Flower Petals
A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Embarrasing Moments at Writing Through Life
Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”
I finished a sketchbook yesterday, one that I’d started around June of last year. As a total paper junkie, it’s a big deal for me to finish a sketchbook because I tend to have at least 8 different books (in a variety of sizes and paper types) going at all times and it often seems like I’ve been working in the same books for years with no end in sight.
I don’t have the same type of rituals for finishing a sketchbook/starting a new one as I do with my notebooks – my only “thing” is to make sure I have another one ready to start if it happens to be one of my favorite books. I do try and keep my notebooks/journals separate from my sketchbooks in that I may may make art in my journals but I don’t typically write in my sketchbooks.
Looking back through old sketchbooks is interesting in that I think it’s easier to see growth (artistic or otherwise) since the means of expression is primarily visual.
Do you doodle/draw in your notebooks or keep a separate sketchbook?
Image courtesy of snarkeysmachine on Instagram
Have you ever tried any of the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy pens? They are an inexpensive ($12 each) introduction to the world of calligraphy.
Sketching with a Pilot Parallel Pen at Leigh Reyes my life as a verb
Gentian Osman sometimes draws with a Parallel, check out her photostream on Flickr.
Image courtesy of jrmartz on Instagram
Have you ever considered taking a creative retreat? I’ve been going to one in central Pennsylvania for the last seven years that includes a variety of expressive options such as hand drumming, African dance, writing, and mandala making. (Guess who teaches that class.) People of all skill levels have the opportunity to try new things in a safe environment- and speaking from experience, it can be life changing to do something you always wanted to with 100 people cheering you on.
It is such a treat to see Gentian Osman’s art and calligraphy and we always appreciate her using our dotPads and Herbin inks in her creations.
You should look at her pictures on Flickr, then check out her blog Drawing with a Squirrel. After that, read this brief artist highlight about her at JetPens and if you want, you can also check out her Pins on Pinterest.
Image courtesy of Gentian Osman – gentian_o on Instagram
These are our 20 winners from our Clairefontaine Crok Book giveaway – did you win? Stay tuned for more Summer Giveaways – including my SPECIAL Anniversary Contest here on Rhodia Drive!
Jennie S. from Sunderland
Michele S. from Ridgefield Park
StanF from Toronto
C Tyler From Beaverton
Sarah from Chicago
Elliot M. from Herndon
Karan A. from Buffalo Grove
JoniB from Phoenix
Melissa K. from Tulsa
If I may, if like to share a little something with you about art that might make it more accessible to you. Children are able to create art without fear. Put any variety of art supplies in front of the average child and they will have a blast. Put those same supplies in front of the average adult and your likely to hear something like, “No thank you, I don’t draw because I’m not an artist.”
Here’s a few things that might help you warm up to the idea of making art. Continue Readering »
From our friend Lorna Mulligan: ENCRE ET CHOCOLAT is an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic work by Les Calmars of Montreal. This is their fifth exhibition together and features a theme close to every writer’s heart… the exchanges that happen around pots of ink and the sharing of chocolate! Lorna’s piece shown above, entitled Goûte le passé is an exploration of Proust’s text, using Herbin inks and gouache on paper.
Did someone say chocolate? Rhodiarama Webbie shown in Chocolate.
Handmade Fonts on Behance
Why I Use Fountain Pens on FPGeeks
Embroidery on the Fashion Figure on CopicMarker.com
Music Ink in Music Nibs at Leigh Reyes My Life as a Verb
Safety Flair: Our Favorite Reflective Cycling Gear at Bicycling.com
Is Your Writing Timeless? at GoinsWriter.com
A Young Colorist, Antennas Aquiver at The New York Times
TS Eliot’s fountain pen gets first outing at Royal Society of Literature at The Guardian
This Old Notebook at Patrick Rhone
Write for Palimpsest at Palimpsest
To Do Lists at Onigiri Sama & her 21Kittens
Follow the Leaders: Faber-Castell e-motion Fountain Pen (M nib) at From the Pen Cup
Are You Honest In Your Journal? at Kaizen Journaling
New Rhodiactive Professional Business Collection – Meeting Book Review at Writer’s Bloc
Experimenting Every Time at Urban Sketchers
Talking with Tom Hanks about What Really Matters at Psychology Today
The Battle Between Japan’s Big 3 at Pentorium
Recent Acquisitions, Massive Edition at A Penchant for Paper
Anne Frank, Danville, Ohio & the Letter Writers Alliance at Pentamento
My Fountain Pen Education: The Edison Pearl at The Pen Addict
Budget Fountain Pen Showdown at The Well Appointed Desk
The letter: an abstract gift of time at The Missive Maven: Epistolary Exultation
Papeterie nouvelle: Georges & Co. thinks—& inks—differently at Felt & Wire
The Claustrophobic Notebook at Notebookism
Oh, and then this happened…
Image above of a Rhodiarama Webbie and a Nikon D5000 courtesy of Courtney Oliver, (designwinesunshine on Instagram) who also happens to design for one of our retailers – European Paper Company
I was talking with Karen Doherty last week when she asked if I’d post a 360 degree view of my studio to the blog and I said, “Sure, why not.”
I’m guessing that many of you know that aside from Rhodia Drive, I’m also the author of Spiritual Evolution of the Bean – a blog that started with me writing review after review of various art and writing supplies. A lot of people (especially those in the fountain pen realm) on the web know me by Biffybeans rather than by Stephanie Smith, but I am one in the same. Continue Readering »
For a Reader of Harper Books at Contrapuntalism
How does writing on good paper make you feel? at Quo Vadis Blog
Journal Writing: Stop Multitasking and Start Focusing at Personal Growth Journaling Blog
Writing Tips: Abolish the Adverbs at Writing Forward
Journaling Techniques: Writing on the Stream of Consciousness at Writing Through Life
Do You Know the 3 Steps to Journal Your Way through Difficult Situations? at Journal in a Box
Planner Pad Insta-Pocket at Plannerisms
The World’s Coolest Pen at Office Supply Geek (I want one!)
Platinum Preppy Highlighter at A Penchant for Paper
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki Ink Review at The Pen Addict
TWSBI Diamond 50 Inkwells at Ink Nouveau
Eric’s 2013 LA Pen Show Take-Aways at FP Geeks
My new Folded Ruling Pen and Friday Favorites at Quilt or Dye
Crayola Crayon Tower as a storage solution for Caran D’Ache Neocolor II crayons at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Pens with Names at Paper in Hand
10 Uses for the Pencil at This Old House
How Small is Your Sketchbook at Notebook Stories
Namaqua Rain Frog at Real Monstrosities