Dispatch from the NSS: Things to look forward to.

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There were several new products on display in the Exaclair booth at the National Stationery Show that I had the opportunity to drool over today, including the new “pictures can’t do them justice” Rhodia Ice. They look AMAZING in person. Continue Readering »

Clairefontaine dot? Quo Vadis dot?

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Other than the up and coming Clairefontaine dotGrid Graf-It pads, dot ruling is exclusive to Rhodia.

If you prefer Clairefontaine, Quo Vadis or Exacompta papers, would you like them even more if they were available with dot ruling? If yes, please tell us which specific product- including anything in the Rhodia line that isn’t yet available in the dot format.

Link Share Friday: April Edition

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Gratitude Journaling (by Kathy Paper Pumpkin) at Art Journaling

Monami Handy Highlighter at A Penchant for Paper

More about Pencil Tourism at The Well-Appointed Desk

Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen Review at Write to Me Often

A Ferrule to Arms: Erasable #2 at Pencil Revolution

Weekly Loadout Submission – Alia L. at Ed Jelley

20 Creative Writing Careers at Writing Forward

The Handwritten Note at Daily Writing Tips

New Habana Notebook Cover Colors at Quo Vadis Blog

Journaling As Healing Process at Create Write Now with Mari

Guide to Choosing a Pair of Scissors at JetPens Blog

10 of the Most Controversial Productivity Tips That Actually Work at Buffer

Journaling Exercise: Question of Faith at Kaizen Journaling

The Library: A World History Presents a Stunning Visual Survey of The World’s Great Libraries at Open Culture

Office Size Clam Paper clipper at My Supply Room

Faber Castell 9000 HB pencils vintage matchboxes spotlight at Lung Sketching Scrolls

Montblanc Meisterstuck : The Masterpiece at Pen Boutique Blog

Featured Pen – Kaweco AL Sport – Stonewashed Black at Pens Paper Ink… Whatever!

Smooth As A Baby’s Bottom – Or Not at The Pen Addict

Image courtesy of my_name_pesca on Instagram.

Retailer Spotlight – Anderson Pens

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This week on our Retailer Spotlight we have the lovely duo from Anderson Pens, Lisa and Brian Anderson! For our readers who do not know about Anderson Pens here’s a bit of background from their website and e-store www.andersonpens.net:

“Established in 2010, AndersonPens.net was developed to combine the efforts of Brian Anderson’s Esterbrook.net, and Lisa Anderson’s ProperPads to bring pens and paper together all in one place.”

They have become big enough to successfully open a brand new retail location in Appleton, WI which if you’re in the area you definitely need to check out! Continue Readering »

Clairefontaine 1951 Notebooks: Authentic Heritage Design

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The Clairefontaine 1951 collection has been expanded! Options now include:

  • Staplebound Notebooks in 3.5 x 5.5″ and 5.75 x 8.25″ 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors
  • Clothbound 5.75 x 8.25″ Notebooks: 96 sheets, lined, available in 6 different colors
  • Top Wirebound (Reporter Style) Notepads: 3 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.
  • SquareBack Notebooks 3.5 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.

1951 colors

All of the Clairefontaine “1951″ Collection include the Authentic Heritage design and contain the following:

  • 90 g pH neutral, acid-free and fountain pen friendly paper
  • Smooth satin finish, white paper
  • Grained paper cover with front label
  • Vintage look and feel

 

Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

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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?

Image courtesy of aarongpeabody on Instagram

 

What is Your Preferred Paper Color?

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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.

 

Image courtesy of my coffeepot on Instagram

NEW 2014 Exaclair Catalog is available to view!

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You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…

Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)

The creative routine

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Unsure of how other creative people (artists, writers, etc.) work, I seem to be at my best and most productive when I able to work when inspired. I had a friend that encouraged me to simply keep “showing up” as in, sit at the typewriter every day or in front of the easel every day, and creativity will eventually flow. I’m not sure I agree with that because it seems (for me) to generate a lot of wasted time and a lot of sub-par work.

As frustrating as the “showing up” felt to me, I’d feel an equal amount of fear if I didn’t do it because if I allowed myself to become distracted, I might never be able to tap back into that creative stream again. Ironically, I’ve since discovered that as soon as I have that thought and am able to push it away, I find myself right back in the creative flow. I guess for me, it’s all about having faith that the creative source is always there and is just waiting to be tapped. (Maybe if you look too hard for it, it just vanishes- like something from a Douglas Adams book.)

Image courtesy of cvg22 on Instagram

We Want Your Feedback: Clairefontaine dotGrid Graf-It Pads

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There are always lots of goodies to be found within the French Clairefontaine Catalog and the good folks at Exaclair (The North American distributors of Clairefontaine, Rhodia, J. Herbin, etc.) have their work cut out for them when deciding which products to import from France. I find it almost painful to flip through page after page of what I refer to as “The Big Book” screaming like a young Veruca Salt “I want that! and that! and THAT! I want that and I want it NOW!”

*Ahem.* (Taking a moment to calm my composure.) So what do you think of these new Clairefontaine ‘Graf it’ Pads? Would you buy them?

Translated from the French Clairefontaine catalogue:

Graph It Dot Grid stapled pad is the perfect companion! Simple, modern & very practical. 80 sheets of white drawing 90gmm PEFC paper with pre-printed lilac light dots. The light geometric dot matrix is used as a skillful guide for your sketches, technical drawings or note taking. This subtle matrix will become almost invisible at scan, or on photocopy to reveal only your sketch.

Dot Grid
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5

Crok Book Winners!

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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!

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Caitlin Livingston
Jennie S. from Sunderland
Michele S. from Ridgefield Park
StanF from Toronto
Johnny Gamber
Sarah LG.
C Tyler From Beaverton
Sarah from Chicago
Elliot M. from Herndon
Karan A. from Buffalo Grove
KAH
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Gordon Huang
JoniB from Phoenix
Rhonda Pena
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Melissa K. from Tulsa
Seth Barber
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May Giveaway: Clairefontaine Crok’ Book Sketchbooks Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 20

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Handy sizes and ultra-flexible, colorful covers make the Clairefontaine’s Crok’ Books a unique tool for personal sketches, notes and drawings.

  • Stapled sketch notebooks (on the side or on top for larger formats)
  • 24 sheets (48 pages) of 90g white acid-free paper sketch paper
  • 270g cover with embossed logo (assorted colors)
  • 4 available sizes: 6 3⁄4 x 8 3⁄4″, 8 x 12,” 12 x 17,” and the landscape sketch notebook 6 3⁄4 x 4 1⁄4″

Would you like to try one? We are giving away 20 of the 6 3⁄4 x 8 3⁄4″ Crok’ Books!

The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Sunday June 9th. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday June 11th. One entry per household please. If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form.

Help us to get the word out?  Please feel free to Tweet, blog or share this post via Facebook.

Ever Try Clairefontaine Triomphe Paper?

Clairefontaine Triomphe

In yesterday’s blog post, I used an image of a Clairefontaine Triomphe writing tablet. Especially popular with fountain pen users, this extra-white 90g paper is extremely smooth- more so than regular Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers, although I think the paper in the Rhodia R tablets comes pretty close. All of the fountain pens tested (with varying nib widths) wrote true to size with no bleeding or feathering.

Because of this paper’s super smooth surface, Continue Readering »

Writing a Letter You’ll Never Send

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Have you ever written a letter you never sent? You know, the one that says everything you really want to but you know you can’t send it because it would hurt the other person’s feelings? Or maybe the letter can’t be sent because the person is no longer living… In any event, allowing yourself to put into physical words everything you’ve ever wanted to say to another person (without sending it) can be extremely cathartic.

Maybe you have a few things to say to your mom or dad, your 5th grade school teacher, or the high-school bully.

Need inspiration? These Blogs are filled with such letters:

Letters I’ll Never Send

Letters I Never Sent

Letters We Never Sent

Letters I’ll Never Send (different blog from the first on the list)

Your Input Needed: If We Made a Sketchbook…

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We need your input! 

Exaclair, (The US distributors of Clairefontaine, Quo Vadis, Rhodia, etc.) is contemplating the creation of an American made sketchbook. A book that would lend itself more towards artistic creation than writing – though I’m certain such a book could be used for either form of expression. The book would contain paper from Clairefontaine’s Schut Mill(located in the Netherlands) and would be assembled at the Hamburg, NY plant where the Habana notebooks and other Quo Vadis products are currently being made. This sketchbook would be a bound book, (as opposed to a spiral) and we would love your input on how this book should be created.

(See how to submit your feedback at the end of this post.)

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In the meantime, Karen sent me a batch of paper samples to test and I chose 4:

Schut sketchpad 90g/41lb (off white)
Schut sketchpad 125g/57lb (off white)
Schut sketchpad 180g/83lb (off white)
Schut Shets-en-tekenbloc 160g (white)

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If I am going to work in a bound book, it’s got to lay flat. For me, there are no exceptions to that rule. I’d like the book to be about the same size as a  large Webbie – 5×8″ish with a firm cover so if I was working with the book propped on my knee, there would still be a good amount of support.

To me, the most important feature of the paper in any sketchbook Continue Readering »

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