Earlier this year, Palomino introduced a third member to their Blackwing family. For those who aren’t familiar with these pencils, Blackwing was a pencil first introduced by Eberhard Faber in the 1930′s. The pencil was manufactured until 1998 when it was discontinued but not forgotten. Original Blackwing 602 pencils were selling for upwards of $40 apiece until Cal Cedar worked to reintroduce a modified version of the original Blackwing in 2010. The retro “602″ was then introduced in 2011 to be closer to original design and now the Pearl makes three and is said to be somewhere in between the Blackwing and the 602.
I have tried the first two but have not yet had the opportunity to try the Pearl. I like the softer smudgier dark lead of the Blackwing for sketching and the slightly firmer lead of the 602 for writing.
What do you think about these pencils?
Our reporter style Rhodia dotGrid Webnotepads can easily be used vertically or horizontally. Which way are you using yours?
- Hard-back Italian leatherette covers in orange or black
- Luxury 90g ivory vellum paper, super smooth, acid-free, pH neutral
- Light grey dot grid with 5mm intervals
- 96 micro perforated sheets
- Matching elastic closure holds pad secure
- Two sizes: pocket or palm A6 – 3 ½ ” x 5 ½ ” (9.0 x 14.0 cm) and A7 – 3 ” x 4 ¾ ” (7.5 x 12.0 cm)
There was a time when I was trying and buying practically every kind of drawing pen I could find – especially if I could buy them individually as opposed to having to purchase an entire expensive set of colors I wasn’t likely to use. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners shown above have a super fine 0.3 mm nib which makes them great for writing or drawing and they have a triangle shaped barrel which makes them easier to hold over long periods of time.
Have you ever tried these? Do you have any other brands of drawing pens/markers that you recommend?
Top image courtesy of chic ambition on Instagram. Bottom image by Stephanie.
I intentionally brought a notepad with me when I went out for breakfast yesterday morning and as I worked to put pencil to paper I was pulled back by a distracting “beep beep beep ungh ungh crash”. Music is playing and there is a room full of chatty people but I can still hear it- because it’s pretty loud. I look around to see where it’s coming from and I almost missed the little boy sitting in the booth across the room next to (I assumed) his father. A boy so little that his head wasn’t above the table. I could see him holding some kind of portable gaming device which I quickly determined to be the cause of the noise.
I did my best to ignore it and had pondered saying something to the waitress but ultimately I didn’t.
How are you with working in public spaces? Are you able to easily overcome the distractions?
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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.
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.
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5
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.
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New Pencil Blog on the Block at Pencil Revolution
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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
I don’t usually fiddle with compasses and rulers, preferring instead to do all of my drawing freehand but after being inspired by a friend to try a little Art Deco style of doodling, I decided to give it a go on a dotPad.
This prompted me to wonder how the designers of that period doodled their own early sketches – did graph paper exist at that time? Though I’ve found some conflicting info, it seems as though “coordinate paper” was first used in the late 1790′s and so some form of it was likely available in the 1900′s.
I then had to quickly school myself on the differences between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, as I almost incorrectly named this post “Art Nouveau on a dotPad”. The simple answer is that Nouveau came first (early 1880′s) with designs that were more organic and inspired by nature than Deco’s sleek, straight and symmetrical lines. Continue Readering »
It is now time that your favorite pencils got a Rhodia Fan photo page of their very own! Favorite Pen has been our most popular photo page for pretty much forever, (followed 2nd by In Your Bag) and I think it’s time we gave the pen people a run for their money. All you have to do is send me a photo of your favorite pencil – any brand of wood, mechanical, etc., via e-mail with the subject line “My Favorite Pencil” to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com to be included in our new gallery.
My favorite pencil? I’m still trying to figure that out but I am definitely a fan of the Palomino’s and the Hi-Uni!
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
Well now, this is different! Anitropius seems to have a knack for expressive minimalism – not to mention a fearless attitude towards creative expression. I like it! I’ve seen stickers, paint and leather covers. How have you personalized your Webbie? Send me pictures: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com OR post them to Instagram and use #Rhodia to tag them.
Image courtesy of Anitropius on Instagram
In this month’s edition of Oprah magazine, swimwear designer Malia Mills lists small sketch pads as an essential tool to the trade and specifically mentions the Rhodia pad she picked up while in Paris. Dear Malia: Rhodia is available at shops like Art Brown and Fountain Pen Hospital not far from your NYC studio.
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 »