Tropen is (or maybe was?) a German pen company which started in the mid-20s and was manufacturing a variety of pen types up and through the late 80s and maybe longer – but there doesn’t seem to be much information on the web about them.
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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)
What is your favorite Rhodia ruling? Is it graph, lined, dot or blank, and how do you use them? My ultimate favorite is blank – perfect for writing or doodles. 2nd favorite is the dot grid – also for writing/doodles.
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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.
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5
My first Rhodia experience was a pair of small gridded No. 11′s that I purchased at Dick Blick. I bought them after reading that one of my favorite jewelry designers kept one in his back pocket at all times. Mine lived in my purse. A few years later, I’d explore additional Rhodia/Clairefontaine options once I’d started writing with a fountain pen and discovered that all paper wasn’t so friendly with water based fountain pen inks.
What do you remember about your first Rhodia experience?
The image above is courtesy of writetomeoften.com. Be sure to visit the blog whose author loves books, cats, stationery, pens, fountain pens, inks, sufi tradition, myths, religions, occult and everything!
I believe one of the joys of writing with a fountain pen is being able to explore so many different options. From the various nib types to literally hundreds of different ink options in every imaginable color, this allows you to customize your experience which in turn, can make every writing task seem less of a chore and more like like something to look forward to. Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers are consistent performers when paired with these water based inks and can help make your writing experience become even more enjoyable.
Do you have a pen test page like the one above? This is always a fun way to compare which inks are your favorites in which pen. I know some people who choose famous quotations when trying out new inks. Me? I always found myself writing the alphabet or doodling with a new pen/ink.
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We love seeing how people use our products and I found it pretty interesting that a dotWebbie was helping to maintain the structure of a new knitting pattern. (With Bleu Pervenche ink?)
Though I’ve always wanted to learn to knit, I’m not the type that can tolerate the discipline needed to follow a pattern. My sweaters would come out with three arms, socks with extra toes… you know where I’m coming from? Until that time, I’m happy to buy pretty knitted hats and scarves from local fiber artists.
Do you knit?
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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!
Sandra Strait is a member of our Rhodia Journal Swap and an avid Zentangler. She recently reviewed on her blog Life Imitates Doodles, the Exacompta Pocket Portfolio which she turned into a beautifully decorated sketchbook. In the same post she is also offering a giveaway of one of the portfolios, a small Rhodia dotWebbie and also a set of 6 Spectrum Noir alcohol markers – be sure to visit her blog for your chance to win!
Working out some rough ideas for custom vector symbols, Petr uses the Rhodia dotPad as a daily tool.
We’ve seen many people using the dotPad for sketching and doodling – practicing calligraphy and such. I myself have been known to use the dotPad or the occasional mandala doodle.
What do think it is about the dot grid that makes it so popular for drawing and doodling?
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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?
These days I work in lots of different kinds of art media but I still consider myself a doodler.
It was about 5 1/2 years ago that I first started doodling mandalas- a circular art form typically represented by concentric circular patterns radiating from the center outward. For the first 4 years I drew them almost constantly in sketchbooks, tablets, notebooks, etc., typically with a fountain pen or marker. Sometimes I’d draw up to ten in a single day just by sitting and doodling one after another… this became my meditation.
Do you doodle? Do you do it just to kill time/keep your hands occupied or do actually you make the time to do it?
Much thanks to all who entered our recent contest! The 20 winners are listed below. Be sure to stay tuned for our next Rhodia giveaway!
Erin from Dallas
Cynthia from Sydney
Gino from MA
Jonathan from Monroe
Eric C. from IL
Imagine if you will for just a moment, a Rhodia Reverse filled with dot grid paper. Leather bound Rhodia Webbies. A 250pg spiral Rhodia notebook. Isometric graph paper. 6-packs of Rhodia pencils…
Knowing how much you love your Rhodia, I know that there is probably a product configuration that you would like to see that doesn’t currently exist. So what is it? Please share! From our recent question on our dotGrid format, I know you’d like to see some spiral bound dot products- me too.
Maybe YOU can inspire a whole new Rhodia product!
The other day when I asked what you thought about our dotPads and dotWebbies, we heard you loud and clear that you loved using them! Many of you shared with us your reasons for liking this format by way of how you use it. One suggestion was to use the dots as a guide for pasting things onto the pages. As in Halstead’s image above, “no more crooked tape!”
I keep a special blank book (glue book?) for pasting images which I use for art inspiration – colors, textures and the like. I’m not too particular with how I paste them in, but I can imagine that it would look even better and become more of a work of art in itself if I were using dot paper.
Do you tape/paste things into your journals?
This video shows an inspiration book similar to what I make: