Earlier today I was trying to draw with a fountain pen on a drawing pad which boasts “excellent tooth”. This was not a good match at all. Had I been using pencils, charcoal or pastels, it would have been perfect but the delicate fountain pen nib (which admittedly was not flowing as well as it should) was extra annoyingly scratchy on this surface.
My drawing preference (with pencils etc.) is a paper with at least a little bit of tooth. My writing preference with any device (fountain pen, pencil, etc.,) is smooth but not too smooth. I want the pen to flow but not skate recklessly across the surface.
What is Your Preferred Paper Surface Texture?
Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.
Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.
Our Rhodia Journal Swapping friend Andrea, (biggaydragon on Instagram) posed an interesting question within the tags of this Instagram pic: #howmanypensisreasonabletotakeonvacation? I hear you Andrea. For the week long art intensive I just took I literally spent weeks trying to decide what to take and now that it’s over, I can honestly say that I used less than half of what I packed.
How much is enough when traveling? Do you have specific pens/pencils that you enjoy traveling with? Please share!
This past week, I had the great pleasure of attending a Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors) in Wappingers Falls, New York with Alex and Allyson Grey. The week included numerous lectures and about 8 hours a day of studio time, (which took place in the Grey’s personal home studio) and while I almost always saw Alex with a sketchbook in hand or somewhere close by, this image depicts the first time I noticed him sketching with a fountain pen.
The pen is a Pelikan 150 (I forgot to ask about the nib width!) currently filled with Pelikan black ink. I say “currently” because Alex was not familiar with Herbin inks and I promised to send him a sample of the Perle Noire which made him very happy. (Good to know that even famous artists get excited at the prospect of trying new supplies!)
If you are interested in hearing more about my experience with the Grey’s, (I took close to 600 photos during the week!) follow me on Facebook at Stephanie Smith’s Mandala Art.
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
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.
In 1905, Mr. Frank Jarvis and Mr. Thomas Garner formed Conway Stewart at 13 Paternoster Row London EC1, next to St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Today, this area is known as Paternoster Square having been redeveloped after its complete destruction during the Blitz of World War II.
Jarvis and Garner had a single aim, to produce elegant, timelessly beautiful, yet functional writing instruments – a principle that Conway Stewart holds true to this day.
Although there is much debate regarding the origins of the Company’s name, it is believed that the name “Conway Stewart” derives from a popular vaudeville act of the day. Conway and Stewart were supposedly a comedy double act who appeared at Collins Music Hall in Islington.
Who of our Rhodia friends owns and enjoys a Conway Stewart fountain pen?
Text courtesy of Conway Stewart, Image courtesy of Gerald Taylor – follow my coffeepot on Instagram.
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!
While the ink is drying up in all of my fountain pens, 2013 for me has most definitely become my year of the pencil. I’ve got *piles* of them. (Albeit small piles, they seem to be everywhere in both my house and studio.) While I’m still trying to work out my favorites, I can tell you that so far I am quite fond of the 0.7 Super Hi-Polymer 2B Pentel leads that I have loaded into two different mechanical pencils and for a close second, California Republic Palomino’s in 2B or B.
See the Blackwing pencil above? You know the story about them, right? Eberhard Faber began manufacturing them in the 1930′s and stopped production in 1998. These pencils were so well loved that a single pencil was commanding upwards of $40 on Ebay. People longing for their favorite brand of pencils began to notice a similarity in Palomino’s pencils and eventually, Palomino decided to re-inroduce the beloved 602 as well as a similar version, “The Blackwing” with a slightly softer lead geared towards artists.
I’ve tried both the Blackwing and the 602 and while I want to love them for the sake of nostalgia, they feel a little unbalanced in my small hands with their large eraser/ferrule. I agree that the Blackwing is pretty sweet for sketching.
Image courtesy of whubbsie on Instagram
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.
Lamy Al-Star Black is here! at Ink Nouveau
An Entire Amusement Park Smashed Into a Four-Ton Cube at Web Urbanist
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
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.
Though I’ve had one or two of these kneadable erasers (aka: putty rubbers) lying around for what seems like forever, it’s only recently that I’ve begun to fall in love with them. Slightly reminiscent of the Silly Putty of our childhood, this slightly sticky, moldable eraser works by absorbing graphite, charcoal, pastel, etc., and does not leave crumbly bits when used.
Have you ever tried one of these?
These erasers are often used in subtractive drawing techniques- a brief tutorial can be found here:
Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?
In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »
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.)
In the meantime, Karen sent me a batch of paper samples to test and I chose 4:
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 »
At the end of each year, I like to compile lists of my favorite things which I aim to publish on my personal blog. The one most people seem to like, is of my favorite art & writing supplies. (My lists from 2010, and 2009) While I am still working on my lists for 2012, I’d be happy to share with you a few of the Exaclair items sure to make the cut. Continue Readering »
Sitting and tapping out ideas for this post via my iPhone, I am not afraid to admit that I regularly utilize various electronic devices to write – though not really by choice. More often than not, I use them out of convenience because my time management skills stink.
I have always preferred to work with a pen and paper because it’s so much more of an organic process than the manipulation of a cursor on a backlit screen. I think if paper were no longer accessible, I’d really struggle to perform all of my writing tasks on a laptop or tablet. Seeing my own handwriting on a piece of paper is a significant reminder of my own existence. Pages printed from my computer? Black ink, boring font, the words might be prize-winning but they could belong to anyone. Nothing personal, no identity. Bleh.
I absolutely prefer paper for journal writing and brainstorming and of course, for drawing and doodling.
What kinds of writing do you feel are better on paper, and why?
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