Guest Blogger Fred Pitts: Yellow vs White Rhodia Paper

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Fredric Pitts: Review of two Rhodia No. 19 pads of lined paper – one white and one yellow.

“When I sat down to write with these two papers I will admit that I had preconceived ideas about how the experience would go… and I was wrong. I thought that the white paper would be great for fountain pens and, thus, my favorite. The yellow, reported to be toothier, would be great for pencil but not fountain pens and I rarely use anything but fountain pens. On both pads the lines are nicely spaced for my hand and the page has lots of real estate to write upon which is great for the desk top, not really my favorite size for travel. Continue Readering »

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Link Share Friday: February Edition

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Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek

J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict

Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium

More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper

Quo Vadis Exatime 17 (personal size Filofax compatible) 2014 week + notes diary insert at Plannerisms

Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles

15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward

Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks

Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings

Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk

Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus

Responsive ‘Hexi’ Wall Ripples and Wobbles Based on Nearby Motion at Colossal

Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life

Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often

Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau

Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley

Image courtesy of laurazigman on Instagram

 

Link Share Friday: First of 2014

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10 Words Often Misspelled in Business Correspondence at Daily Writing Tips

A Steel Pen The Most Odious Thing in Nature at Palimpsest

Kurt Cobain Lists His 50 Favorite Albums: Features by LPs by David Bowie, Public Enemy & More at Open Culture

Fresh Out of College? 10 Resume Writing Hacks to Land an Interview at Under30CEO

15 Postcards from Famous Authors at Flavorwire

How To-Do Lists Give Us a False Sense of Accomplishment at Lifehacker

Quaker Journals and Diaries via Haverford College

Pencils: Shortened and Well-Utilized at Pencil Revolution

25 Common Phrases Everyone Thinks Are Correct at Lifehack

Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Book and Daily Duties at Cowan’s Auctions

Art Journal Every Day: Started & Finsihed at Balzer Designs

Working With Mistakes and Imperfections in the Art Journal at A Penchant for Paper

Handwriting Day Follow-Up at The Well-Appointed Desk

How to Choose a GTD Tool at GTD Times

Deliciously Creative Coffee Cup Art Supports Thousands of Homeless Kids at Mashable

What 16 Successful People Read in the Morning at Inc.com

Pen Pals Interview: Typeface Designer Cole Imperi on Death, Life, and Design at JetPens

Writing With You! at Cold Antler Farm

Too Many Inked Fountain Pens at Inkophile

A Writing Process Makes Your Writing Better at Writing Forward

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening at Rad and Hungry

Three Brothers at Contrapuntalism

Writing in Isolation: Prison Memoir at Pentamento

Lamy Pur Fountain Pen – Aluminum Smooth – EF Nib at No Pen Intended

Traces of graphite – Don Rosa at Bleistift

Rotring Fountain Pens part III at Write to Me Often

This new Pilot “Stormtrooper” Vanishing Point is definitely the fountain pen you’re looking for at FPGeeks

Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2 at PencilTalk

From Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 at Writing Through Life

See Carl Sagan’s Childhood Sketches of The Future of Space Travel at Open Culture

My Name is Andrea and I doodle

Andrea is doodling on a large blank Webbie. To follow her 2014 daily doodle project, please go to http://biggaydragon.tumblr.com.

Thank you, Andrea!

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Final Link Share of 2013

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Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.

The Creative Experiments Challenge at daisy yellow blog

How to Improve Your Writing Skills at Writing Forward

365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014 at Inc.com

Wattpad at Quo Vadis Blog

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 87 – Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

Last Minute Art Journaling Thoughts at iHanna’s Blog

Our 2013 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review at Doodlers Anonymous

Fountain Pen Experts And Their Favorite Pens at An Inkophile’s Blog

Link Love: Top 10 List Roundup at The Well-Appointed Desk

Nearly never without a Rhodia at Pentamento

How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever at Pentorium

Top 10 of 2013 at A Penchant for Paper

Annual 2013 Top Ten List of Popular Reviews at Office Supply Geek

Rhodia Wirebound Business Notebook Review at Write to Me Often

Back to Journaling Basics at Writing Through Life

30 Ideas For Your 2014 Bucket List at Abundance Blog

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins Go Through Customs and Sign Immigration Form After the First Moon Landing at Open Culture

Overcoming Writer’s Block at The Passive Voice

Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks at Life Imitates Doodles

Seeing the Big Picture: When Paper is Better Than Digital at A Penchant for Paper

Faber Castell Albrecht Durer/Caran D’Ache Supracolor/Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle Comparison chart at Lung Sketching Scrolls

Pencil Paraphernalia and a Pretty Pencil Pin Pendant at Bleistift

Prophetic Name For a Stationery Store: “Horder’s” at Contrapuntalism

More Pencil Sculptures at Pencil Revolution

Make Your Own Leather Notebook Cover at Notebook Stories

Journaling Exercise: Your Journaling Habit at Kaizen Journaling

Ink Sample Scribbles at Gourmet Pens

Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched

Image above courtesy of panpan904 on Instagram

 

Colorful Torn Ink Tests and Practice Sheets

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This is an image from Gentian Osman, our friend from the blog Drawing with a Squirrel. I personally love looking at all the images of her grand calligraphy and also her watercolor paintings – and even when she’s just trying out a new color combination or testing new art supplies, it’s all really interesting. Even this image of torn up calligraphy in a dozen inky colors is fun to look at.

Do you keep your ink test sheets? I had two different notebooks that I used for a long time to try different inks. I still have them but I don’t really use them any more.

October Link Share

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Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker

Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes at Pentorium

“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism

‘Modern Day Snail Mail’ Project Brings Human Element Back to Texting at Mashable

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

Imagination Illustrated: Muppets Creator Jim Henson’s Never-Before-Seen Journals and Sketches at Brain Pickings

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

Heading Into Year 5 on Rhodia Drive!

Stephanie Smith Rhodia Blogger

In November of 2008 I left my day job to pursue the life of a full-time creative.  As this month marks the 5th Anniversary of my writing for Rhodia Drive, I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone that follows the blog and supports Rhodia by purchasing and using our products. An extra big THANK YOU to Karen Doherty, the VP of Marketing for Exaclair and one of the best people (ever!) to work with.

Stay tuned – in celebration of my anniversary, I’m going to give away a pile of Rhodiarama Webbies next week.

Stephanie Smith (aka: “Biffybeans”)

Friday Link Share: Late Summer Edition

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Five Best Paper Notebooks at Lifehacker (Guess who made the list!)

5 Reasons Journaling is a Life Changing Skill at Kaizen Journaling

Difference between ballpoint and rollerball at Write to Me Often!

Quotes on Writing: Ernest Hemingway “Learn to Write” at Writing Forward

Draw 3D with ruled Notebook Paper at Instructables

Review of the ePure Trolley Bag at Life Imitates Doodles

Handwriting Makes You Smarter at The Well-Appointed Desk

Miss That ‘Back to School’ Feeling? Here’s How to Get It Back at Inc.com

Goulet Q&A Episode 1 at Ink Nouveau.com

Canvas Pencil Holders at AlisaBurke

A Fountain Pen For MacGyver at Inkophile

Don’t Ask What I’m Writing at The New York Times

How to Draw a Complex Knot in 29 Easy Steps at Daisy Yellow Blog

Lamy 2000 Review at The Pen Addict

The Big Rhodia Review Part 1: Bloc Pads at Pentorium

Image courtesy of lylyle71 on Instagram.

 

Rhodia on the Road: In Cuba

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Kim King from the blog Consider the Lilies recently sent us this note and photo:

“Just got back from a month in Cuba, helping out with a series of eleven day-camps for children…fabulous experience.  Each campamento ended with an excursion to the beach for the children and an older family member… Rhodia on the Caribbean!

Aside from the joy of writing on something that represents practical, reliable, utility mixed with pleasing funkiness (Orange all the way for me… grid, dot, rectangle or square), I also now appreciate that the quality of Rhodia’s paper is directly related to how well the paper stands up in extremely hot and humid environments… no wrinkly edges or soggy pages in these notebooks!

I also love flipping back through Rhodias and noticing what I used them for…I can only imagine my future smile when I flip back through this particular pad in the years to come and see the lists of vocabulary, the quick paintings with a pen of what I could see at a given moment, the jotted lists of necessary materials for a given craft, the careful spelling out of words for children. Each pad is a sort of running memory of an experience fully lived.”

Friday Link Share August Edition

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

4 Things You Can Do At Your Desk To Be Happier at Inc.com

start by starting at Wild Thyme Creative

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S. at This is Colossal

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

Archival Images Combed for Signs of Amelia Earhart at Mashable

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

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 65 – CSI Pen-Town

Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”

Psst – Have you entered our latest contest to win a piece of ePure luggage? 

Friday Link Share – June Edition

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Lamy Al-Star Black is here! at Ink Nouveau

An Entire Amusement Park Smashed Into a Four-Ton Cube at Web Urbanist

Ten Reasons People Think using a Journal is Not for Them – and Why They’re Wrong! at Journal in a Box

Sketching with Inkling at Urban Sketchers

Rhodia Pencil at A Penchant for Paper

I’m not sure if I have enough inks at Paper Pen Inks…Whatever

Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker

Why You Should Give Before You Get at Inc.com

Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls

4 Beach Bum Journaling Ideas at Create Write Now

Improving Carpenter Pencil Technique at Pencil Revolution

That Fountain Pen Is Too Much Trouble at Inkophile

How True Entrepreneurs Seize the Opportunity at Under30CEO

Guest Post – Habana Daily 21 Daily Planner/Diary – Review at Plannerisms

Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes at Pentorium

Poetry as Memoir Form at Writing Through Life

“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism

Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing at Writing Forward

Image courtesy of kazziieee on Instagram.

Continuing to Read our Feed

Google Reader

As many of you know, Google Reader has been one of the most popular content aggregators and as of July 1st, it is going away. Having tried other readers in the past, I always went back to Google- but now I have no choice but to find another place to peruse the several hundred blogs I currently subscribe to. To prepare for the transition, I’ve exported my feeds via Google Takeout and temporarily set up shop with Feedly which seems to have a pretty spiffy magazine style interface that’s able to simplified if desired.

Have you decided which service you will be using? Remember that you always have the option to subscribe to Rhodia Drive via e-mail by entering your address in the “Subscribe to Rhodia Drive” box on the homepage of rhodiadrive.com. 

A few helpful articles for your transition:

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives on Lifehacker

As Google Reader is killed off, Flipboard, Feedly and others step up with RSS alternatives on The Next Web

Friday Link Share: April Edition

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What’s the difference between a Signo and a Signo Bit? at The Well-Appointed Desk

13 Ways to Manage Your (Hectic) Schedule And Stay On Task at Under 30 CEO

Einstein’s Demands at Lists of Note

Ink containers in pencil at Drawing With a Squirrel

Organize Tasks by Effort to Budget Time Better at Lifehacker

Art Journal Every Day: A New Junque Journal at Balzer Designs Handmade Art

The Digital Public Library of America Launches Today, Opening Up Knowledge for All at Open Culture

Scheduling free time at Quo Vadis Blog

Now Might Be The Time To Try A Calligraphy Nib at Inkophile

How Do You Raise Creative Kids? at Art Therapy Reflections

Masking tape book at Mescrap Studio

7 “Rituals” for Spring Renewal at Psychology Today

‘Sh*t Rough Drafts’ Tumblr Imagines Terrible First Versions of Famous Novels at Mashable

Hobo Signs and Traveling at Pencil Revolution

I Get Email: The Roll-kuli by Rotring at The Pen Addict

I Am Thinking Ahead to Summer at Claudia McGill and Her Art World

Journal Writing: Get Uncomfortable to Expand Your Comfort Zone at Create Write Now

Nite Ize Inka Pen Review at Office Supply Geek

Eberhard Faber Factory in New York, 1903 at Contrapuntilism

Cut + Paste Therapy at Daisy Yellow

Old Art Journals Rediscovered: Palimpsest Journal at A Penchant for Paper

Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black at Pentorium

Tiny Verses on Envelopes: The Handwritten Poems of Famous Authors at The Atlantic

Sula Jane and Earl Leather Pen Cases at Ink Nouveau

10 Characteristics of Really Interesting People at Inc.

Image courtesy of retnoir – Rhodia spotted at the University of Melbourne

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