I can’t believe I missed it! The first Friday in November is International Fountain Pen Day and I am noting my 2014 calendar as we speak. So what did you do to celebrate? Did you buy a new pen? New inks? Flush out your favorite pen and refill it with a daring new color? Please share!
Image courtesy of corporate_p on Instagram which depicts a Kaweco filled with Private Reserve’s Burgundy Mist on a Rhodia dotPad
Since few brick and mortar stores carry a wide variety of fountain pen inks, many people rely on online reviews written by fellow enthusiasts to help determine which colors might be right for them. If you are interested in several different shades of a single color or multiple colors overall, it can get pricey to order everything you want without really knowing if you will like them once you see them in person. One great way to try a lot of inks for a small amount of money would be to order ink samples from a retailer or arrange for a swap from the kind folks on the forums over at The Fountain Pen Network.
Have you found any inks you *love* by first purchasing or swapping samples?
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Level 2 Design is a full service design company in Chattanooga, TN. Per their website, “Level 2 Design was started in 2007 as a web and graphic design firm. We have evolved into a design and strategy company over the past five years, assisting clients with: web design, print design, branding, app design & strategy, mobile website design & development, and 3D design & animation. We have focused our attention on long term relationships and helping clients craft an experience for their audience.”
Icon and design sketches in a Rhodia dotPad courtesy of level2D on Instgram. Want me to find you on Instagram? Use the hashtag #Rhodia when posting images of your favorite Rhodia products.
It is such a treat to see Gentian Osman’s art and calligraphy and we always appreciate her using our dotPads and Herbin inks in her creations.
You should look at her pictures on Flickr, then check out her blog Drawing with a Squirrel. After that, read this brief artist highlight about her at JetPens and if you want, you can also check out her Pins on Pinterest.
Image courtesy of Gentian Osman – gentian_o on Instagram
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!
”Thinking about a workplace transformation” Image courtesy of ac3y on Instagram.
I have a large #38 dotPad that I think I will use to design my new garden beds. Have you used a #38′s or any of our dotPads to lay out a new workspace? Any tips to offer?
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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Our pen of the week is the TWSBI Diamond Mini- a piston filler type fountain pen that comes in EF, F, M, B, stub1.1, stub1.5 nib sizes and retails for around $55. TWSBI is a company whose mission is to inspire and recapture the romanticism of art and literature… starting with the pen.
Check out the following reviews to learn more about the Diamond Mini: Continue Readering »
Petr Vlk is from the Czech Republic and creates hand-made vector doodle symbols which he sells in a kit on his website http://doodlekit.imagiag.com. These symbols can be used for presentations, brainstorming sessions, flow charts, etc.
In the image above, Petr is working on rough ideas for some custom vector doodle symbols. When he granted me permission to use his photo, he told me that the Rhodia dotPad was his daily tool.
Image courtesy of Petr Vlk- follow imiag on Instagram
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?
Image courtesy of Petr Vlk follow Petr as imagiag on Instagram.
I know that there are currently over 50 million Instagram users, me included. I know that we are snapping photos of things we love, manipulating the images, (often stacking filters from across multiple apps) tagging the images with a dozen keywords, then lovingly sharing them to the world. Continue Readering »
From our friend Kim King of the blog Consider the Lilies:
“Rhodia in Jakarta! Specifically, just outside the entrance to Taman Mini, an incredible Indonesian cultural center. More to write to you later about a really cool sounding ink made from concentrated smoke… read about it and saw writing done in it in one of the displays.”
I’ve also added this image to our “On The Road” Photo Page which is in dire need of submissions. Will you send me your photos of where in the world your Rhodia is? Send via e-mail to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com.
Be sure to check out Kim’s blog if you would like to read more about her journeys while in Indonesia – and I can’t wait to hear more about that ink!
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?
The dot grid format is still somewhat new to Rhodia and we are wondering if you might tell us your experiences with it. I typically prefer a completely blank page, but I find the dot format subtle enough to provide structure to the page without being constricting. We offer the dots in two different formats – gray dots on the off-white paper in the Webbie and violet on white in the staple-bound pads.
Are you looking to try the dot format in the future? Any specific ideas on how you will use it?
See how our Swappers are creating in the Journal Swap
We love hearing your feedback as it allows us to tweak our products and expand our offerings to you. It is because of your comments and feedback that we have specifically improved upon the quality and expanded the variety of options on the Webnotebook. Your enthusiasm for our dot grid format has allowed us to offer the dotPad in additional sizes and we’ve even added an additional cover option in Rhodia’s signature orange. Continue Readering »