Have you ever tried black paper?

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We recently received an e-mail from a Rhodia fan requesting black paper with light grey dots. Is this something you would be interested in? I know I would. I’ve been using black paper for years… 

Once I fell in love with black paper (mostly for art making) I became obsessed with finding the most opaque media to use in combination with it. White gel pens are good, as are grease pencils, (aka China Markers) some colored pencils, gouache watercolor paint, acrylic paint, and one of my favorites, the highly pigmented Neocolor artist crayons by Caran D’Ache. 

I’ve tried a lot of different kinds of black paper and most of what I’ve used would fall under the category of art papers. (Colored papers are a particular favorite for pastel artists.)  Most common are construction type papers which are thin, tear easily and not always fade resistant, smooth card stock type papers, and the laid (textured) papers typically used with pastel.

If you can’t find a black papered notebook or one that you like, you can make your own book using loose sheets of your favorite black art paper. Another option would be to apply black gesso (an acrylic based paint primer) to your favorite white papered sketchbooks – a time consuming, expensive & messy process that creates a pretty amazing surface to work on.

The Sharpened Pencil

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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.)

Image courtesy of jdee on Instagram

The Rhodiarama Rainbow Grows in 2014

Purple Rhodiarama

If you haven’t had the chance to see all of the great new products in the 2014 Exaclair USA catalog, allow me to introduce one of my favorites: Large Rhodiarama Webbies! the NEW 5 x 8.25″ version will be available this spring/summer in the same 15 colors as the 3.5 x 5.5″ notebook. (Yaaaay for Purple!)

Haven’t tried a Rhodiarama Webbie yet? Here’s the specs:

  • 96 sheets, lined or blank of 90g acid-free, pH neutral fountain pen friendly ivory paper
  • Italian leatherette cover with the embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket
  • Orange elastic closure and orange ribbon bookmark
  • Rounded corners

Which color is your favorite?

Giving the gift of Rhodia for the Holidays

Holiday Rhodia

Planning to give or receive the gift of Rhodia for the holidays this year? Smaller sized Rhodia products like the classic No.’s 8, 10, 11 (in graph or lined) & 12 (also available in the dot format) make great stocking stuffers, as do the Webnotepads, Rhodiarama Webbies, No. 12 “R” pads, side stapled pocket sized (A7) notebooks, the pocket sized Weekly Planners and last but not least, the Rhodia Unlimited pocket notebook.

Which are you hoping will be in your stocking?

How would you like a Rhodia dotReverse Book?

Rhodia Reverse Book

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.

Orange and Black

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Orange and black – how appropriate for Halloween! Do you know how these colors came to be associated with this ghoulish holiday? Me neither! Maybe it’s from orange pumpkins and black cats, fall leaves and the color of a witches hat…

Here are a few opinions on the topic:

What is the origin of Halloween colors?

Halloween Colors: Where Did They Come From?

The Origin of Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Colors

PS: What was your most favorite Halloween costume you ever wore? I always struggled with masks because of wearing glasses but a number of years ago I found a mask made of a see-through fabric and I was thrilled to finally be in full disguise! 

Image above courtesy of mrmikedudek on Instagram

Have you tried a Rhodia Pad Holder Yet?

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Did you know that Rhodia makes pad holders for a variety of our top stapled notepads? Available in orange and black lightly grained imitation leather with an embossed Rhodia logo, the covers are flexible and smooth. They include an inner pocket for notes, business cards, or receipts. Each holder comes with a pad. Rhodia pad holders are available in the following sizes:

  • N° 08 – 3 x 8 ¼” (Long Skinny)
  • N° 11 – 3 x 4″
  • N° 12 – 3 ⅜ x 4 ¾”
  • N° 13 – 4 x 6″
  • N° 14 – 4 ⅜ x 6 ⅜”
  • N° 16 (w/ Pen holder) 6 x 8 ¼”
  • N° 18 – 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”
  • N° 21 (Le Carre) – 8 ¼ x 8 ¼”

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Rhodia also offers a special “R” Premium Pad Gift Set which includes a No. 16 (6 x 8 ¼”) R pad and a Rhodia pencil.

Enter Now to Win! Stephanie’s 3rd Anniversary Big Giveaway: A Few of My Favorite Things

Can you believe it’s already my 3rd year anniversary writing the Rhodia Drive blog? Guess that means it’s also time to give away a few more of my favorite things!

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…buy this notebook

“If you do not have any ideas worth committing to writing, think up some now, then buy this notebook…I just took my wife to the store today to get her own Rhodia notebooks!”

Well Keith, we certainly appreciate your kind words about our products and hope your wife is enjoying them as well!

Have you tried one of the Unlimited books yet? Very portable with an elastic closure, the Unlimited is a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″ pocket sized notebook containing 60 sheets (120 pages) of our fountain pen friendly 80g white Rhodia paper in a lined or graph format. Covers available in black or orange.

Image and quotes courtesy of Keith – keithgb on Instagram.

The typewriter store on Hudson street

Stuart Matz snapped this at the typewriter store on Hudson street in the West Village, NYC. A bit of sleuthing uncovered AFAX Business Machines to be the store in question at 181 Hudson Street, Suite 2A New York, NY 10013.

I haven’t really spent a lot of time in NYC despite it being only a 90 minute bus ride away, and as I am somewhat enamored of all the mom & pop specialty stores that exist there, I should make the ride more often.

Do you have a favorite little specialty shop in NYC? Or in your hometown? I’d like to hear about it.

Image courtesy of Stuart Matz – follow stumatz on Instagram.

Rhodia Pad Holders

Have you tried using any of our pad holders and if so, do you like them? Do you find them to be practical for your needs? Do they hold up to the daily punishment of bouncing around in your bag?

 

To Show off Your Colors!

While we are not affiliated with Timbuk2, the San Fransisco bag manufacturer founded in 1989, we do want you to know that it is possible to customize a bag to hold your most favorite orange and black stationery products….

 

Does the Cover Make a Difference?

The new dotPads are coming! Previously only available with a black cover, they will now be available in orange. Considering that orange is pretty much Rhodia’s signature color, I find it interesting that the first dotPads were only available in black. I was a big fan of the black cover on the first dotPads because I felt it really made a statement of “something totally new” for the brand.

As the orange dotPads make their way to your favorite retailers, will you be buying them or buying more of the black?

PS: We will be giving away a bunch of these at the end of April. Stay Tuned!

Spotted: A Rhodia Fixie Bike?

Out and about, our friend David Bogie says he spotted this on a fixie parked in front of the downtown YMCA in Boise ID. A fixie? Had to Google that.

According to Wiki: “A fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a fixie) is a bicycle that has no freewheel, meaning it cannot coast, as the pedals are always in motion when the bicycle is moving. Continue Readering »

Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 14 Unlimited Pocket Notebooks

Black or orange, lined or grid- this will be your choice if you are one of  the 14 lucky winners of a new Rhodia Unlimited Pocket Notebook!

This contest is now closed – thank you to all who entered! Winners will be announced on the blog during the week of the 20th.

 

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