Tuesday Talk Back: Who Are You?

Stephanie Smith

The subject of today’s Talk Back post is: Who are you, and what do you do? 

I am Stephanie Smith, and I am your Rhodia Driver. When people ask what I do, I often struggle to put it into a single word or phrase. The simplest answer would be, “I’m creative.” But that tends to not make sense to a lot of people.  A slightly longer answer would be something along the lines of, “I’m a writer. I’m also an artist, and I develop and offer creativity workshops designed to inspire, empower, and support people along their path.” Rhodia Drive and I found each other because of my intense love for tools that feed my creativity.

I believe creativity flows easier when working with tools you love.

I’ve been using Rhodia 8+ years and one of my current favorite products is the No. 16 top stapled pad in blank or dot. Cover color doesn’t matter. How do I use these? Typically to scrawl ideas for new projects and I’ve gone through a ton.

I also use the No. 18 (blank) the Classic Meeting Books, R pads… As long as it’s blank or dot, it’s high on my list. I am patiently waiting for spiral bound dot pads….

Now that I’ve had a moment to share, will you tell us a bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you do, and which is your favorite Rhodia product?

Week 9 of the Paper Project: Free Samples of BIG Rhodia Paper!

Rhodia No. 38

The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Each Monday, we will be offering samples from 1-4 Exaclair products to the first 50 people who sign up within that week. There is no limit to how many weeks you can sign up, and each week’s participants will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN JANUARY 5TH FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT 

(The Paper Project is on holiday the weeks of December 22nd & 29th)

Week 9 samples for the Paper Project include 2 sheets of Rhodia paper from the No. 38 pad – one with graph ruling, the other with dot ruling. 

The No. 38 Rhodia is 16 ½ x 12 ½ ” (A3+ 420 X 318 ) and features the following:

• 80 g acid-free, pH neutral paper
• Extra white paper, exceptionally smooth satin finish
• Pale violet lines, pale violet dots with 5mm interval
• Microperforated on top for easy and clean removal
• Reinforced staples for extra strength
• Cover is scored to neatly fold back – Top bound
• Stiff back cover makes writing or sketching easy and portable • 80 sheets

The No. 38 is available in graph ruling with an orange cover, and dot ruling with a black cover.

If you have been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • How would you use this BIG paper? 
  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Week 6 at bjw-draw

“My favorite paper this week was the french rule. I could not resist using the grid to create a drawing. It is a back ground and it is a map to a drawing. The blue of the ball point pen complemented the blue of the french rule. If you like graph paper this should be on your must try list.”

Rhodia Paper Project: Weeks 1-5 at Clickthing

On the No.8 offered in week 5: “If you don’t have a ruler handy, think “bookmark size” or “shopping list size.” I own a gridded variant of this, and I use it for both purposes. It’s just wide enough to get a decent list written down, and plenty long for use as a notes/bookmark. Consider using one to keep characters straight in your next Russian novel.”

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive  at K.C. Dockal: Scribbling by the Bayou

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5, and Week 6 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!)

Noteworthy: Guest Blogger Bob Miano Emmy Winning Director on How to Build a Time Machine

How to Build a Time Machine 

I’m a director. At miano.tv we are visual storytellers creating corporate videos, customer testimonials, television commercials, historical documentaries and more. I’ve been fortunate enough to do what I love – directing – for my entire professional career. My work has been seen across the United States and around the world.

A crowd of 4000+ lines-up to attend the world premiere of The World’s Greatest Fair, co-directed by Bob Miano.

A crowd of 4000+ lines-up to attend the world premiere of The World’s Greatest Fair, co-directed by Bob Miano.

Preserving history through documentaries is perhaps what brings me the most joy as a director. Frankly, I was never really into history. “History” was a class in school where you had to read a “history book” and then you were quizzed on what you learned. It wasn’t until I directed my first documentary that I realized how fascinating and outright fun history can be! History is not simply what some scholar writes in a book or an agreed upon account of the past – to be memorized, quizzed on and forgotten. History is our story and it is as fascinating and diverse as each of us.

A sampling of the original source material used to create the 1904 documentary.

A sampling of the original source material used to create the 1904 documentary.

By now you are asking: “What does any of this have to do with Rhodia paper?” Well, nothing… And everything.

Early on in the process of researching our documentary The Worlds Greatest Fair – about the 1904 World’s Fair – I was shown the diary of a young woman who visited the fair and who wrote about it in great detail. Her name was Laura Merritt.

Laura Merritt’s diary from the 1904 World’s Fair

Laura Merritt’s diary from the 1904 World’s Fair

Laura was likely a teenager when she visited the St. Louis World’s Fair with her family in 1904. She was born on the family farm near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Like so many people, visiting the World’s Fair was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the world. Laura wrote about that experience in her diary. Her accounts ultimately became part of the introduction and conclusion of our documentary. (Note: Unfortunately, since Rhodia didn’t exist in 1904, Laura didn’t use a Rhodia journal.)

A handwritten page from Laura Merritt’s 1904 World’s Fair diary

A handwritten page from Laura Merritt’s 1904 World’s Fair diary

Laura Merritt’s diary represents a physical connection to something that happened 110 years ago. The words written on each page were put there by a person who actually experienced that momentous event. Those same words typed on a computer and read in an email or a book would lose something very important and yet difficult to quantify. Laura’s words are not terribly substantive or poetic; her penmanship doesn’t exhibit a particularly artistic flair. There have certainly been more thorough accounts of the 1904 World’s Fair and thousands of photos exist that reveal more detail. But Laura’s handwritten diary is more than an account of an event. It is a time machine. Seeing those carefully handwritten words, feeling the paper as you turn the pages – the same pages that Laura turned over a century ago – transports the reader back in time.

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A Rhodia journal and one of the author’s favorite fountain pens – a Nakaya “Decapod” handmade in Japan.

I use fountain pens to write in my Rhodia A5 webnotebooks nearly every day. What I write is unlikely to ever be fodder for a documentary. In fact, I often write purely for the tactile experience; the words are sometimes unimportant. There is just something so enjoyable about writing on high quality paper… The pen seems to float across the page.

You may think that the act of physically writing is old fashioned and insignificant… If so, you’ve missed the point. You are depriving yourself of one of life’s simple pleasures and a uniquely human experience.

Close your laptop; turn off your computer. Grab a marvelous pen and some Rhodia paper and write! Tell your story – large or small – and you will create something far greater than text on a screen. You will create a time machine.

Director Bob Miano with one of his eight regional Emmy Awards

Director Bob Miano with one of his eight regional Emmy Awards

The Art of Journaling: Recording Holiday Traditions

Holiday Rhodia

Have you ever considered keeping a journal dedicated to holiday memories and traditions?

Here are a few journaling prompts to get you started:

Holiday foods: What are the traditional foods that you eat at the holidays? What new foods did you introduce this year? What came out perfect, and what needed improvement?

Mom and Gram each made a dense “filling” around the holidays and that was never like anyone else’s filling or stuffing that I knew. It wasn’t until years later that I figured out what they were making was actually a savory bread pudding

Holiday decorations: What decorations do you put out during the holidays? Are they family heirlooms, or are they new? Are they influenced by any cultural or religious traditions?

Growing up, we put silver icicle tinsel on our imitation tree with blinky lights and taped golden garland around the door frames along with Christmas cards from friends and family. Gram had a mini pre-decorated Charlie Brown style tree. It would take her 5 seconds to set up; she’d plug it in, drape a mini tree skirt under it and it was good  to go.

Favorite Gifts: What was your most favorite holiday gift ever? What gifts missed their mark?

One of my all-time favorite gifts was actually a birthday present from a friend. It was a small fabric bundle tied with a piece of yarn. Once opened, I discovered a tiny feather, a small seashell, a few beads from her favorite bracelet that had broken, a tiny piece of driftwood and some small rocks. (Mostly items I knew she’d collected along her many walks in nature) She’d placed the bundle inside a cardboard box that she’d collaged with meaningful images. 

 Who do you spend time with during the holidays? Do you always go home for the holidays? Spend it with friends?

When I was first with my husband, we’d go on a whirlwind tour to visit at least 5-8 different relatives. I especially liked spending Christmas Eve at my Mom’s. 

What cultural holiday traditions do you observe, or do you remember from when you were younger? 

What I remember most is all food related. Mom’s kiffles, Polish kielbasa, macaroni and potato salad. The filling I mentioned earlier. Ham with pineapple glaze. 

Need a few more prompts to jump-start your holiday journal? Take a look at the links below. 

30 Holiday Themed Journal Prompts at Art Journalist

December Writing Ideas: 30 Holiday Journal Prompts at Journal Buddies

Pen and Paper: Holiday Journaling Ideas at Carol Rubenstein

Week 8 of The Paper Project: Artist Alert! Sign up for FREE Samples of Clairefontaine Graf-It Paper

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The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. 

Each Monday, we will be offering samples from 1-4 Exaclair products to the first 50 people who sign up within that week. There is no limit to how many weeks you can sign up, and each week’s participants will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way. *Note: The Paper Project will be on holiday the weeks of December 22nd & 29th and will resume with Week 10 on Monday, January 5th. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT

Week 8 samples for the Paper Project include 2 6×8″ sheets each of Clairefontaine Graf-It paper in both blank and dot ruling.  

*Note from Stephanie: (the artist) Graf-It paper is a lightly textured sketch paper and your pencils, artist crayons, and even pastels will especially love it.

GraF it Sketch Pads are a modern collection of sketch pads with unbeatable prices, vibrant colors and unique covers. 

• 90 g white Clairefontaine sketch paper, matte texture and feel
• Blank or with dot grid (pale violet dots with 5 mm interval – same as Rhodia dot grid)
• 4 sizes available: Blank in 4 x 6″,  6 x 8″,  8 x 12″, 12×17″ – Dot grid in 6×8″ and 8×12″
• 80 sheets, acid-free paper
• Glued and stapled on top
• Sturdy cardboard inside the back cover
• Microperforated sheets for easy and clean removal
• Colorful covers/2 designs sold assorted

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive 

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

#rhodiapaperproject week 4 at Penguin Girl

“There are improvements in printing the grid lines over the past 18 years, the line is sharper and I think very slightly finer. ”

Rhodia week#4

“This is an interesting week of paper choices. The tabbed notebook page is a bit out of context. I find myself wondering if I would like the tabs in the context of the whole book.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3, and Week 4 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!)

Week 7 of The Paper Project: FREE Samples of Rhodia Meeting Book Paper

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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis and there is no limit to how many weeks you can participate. Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail. *Note: The Paper Project will be on holiday the weeks of December 22 & 29 and will resume with Week 10 on January 5th. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT

Week 7 samples for the Paper Project include 1 sheet from each of the A5 6 ½ x 8 ¼” Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 

Characteristics for both the Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 include:

  • 2 sizes: Compact 6 ½ x 8 ¼” and Large 9 x 11 ¾”
  • 80 Pre-printed lined sheets include: Date + Notes + Action
  • Micro-perforated sheets for easy and clean removal

Differences between the Classic Rhodia Meeting Book and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90 include:

  • The Classic Rhodia Meeting Book has orange or black coated and waterproof card covers and 80g paper.
  • The Rhodia Meeting Book 90 has a black polypro cover and 90g paper.

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If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive 

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

#rhodiapaperproject week 4 at Penguin Girl

“There are improvements in printing the grid lines over the past 18 years, the line is sharper and I think very slightly finer. ”

Rhodia week#4

“This is an interesting week of paper choices. The tabbed notebook page is a bit out of context. I find myself wondering if I would like the tabs in the context of the whole book.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3, and Week 4 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!) 

Noteworthy: Guest Blogger Brian Goulet on Celebrating 5 years of GouletPens

Brian Goulet Pens

Five years ago on Nov. 17, 2009 my wife and I received our first shipment of Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and J. Herbin products from Exaclair to sell on our website, GouletPens.com. This was our first foray into fountain pen retailing, and we had a whole new world to discover.

We were new to online retailing, and brand new to the fountain pen world. We had our website that we’d been using to sell our hand-turned wood pens for the previous three years, in a failed former version of our business. We’d devoted three years of our lives trying to build up our company with wood pens, and we simply treaded water.

It wasn’t until I’d discovered fountain pens and the amazing community of folks that are into them that I found my new home. Attending the DC Fountain Pen Supershow in 2009 opened up my eyes to the fact that people are actually into this fountain pen thing, and my discovery of online communities like the Fountain Pen Network showed me that the internet was bringing us together in a way that wasn’t possible even just a few years before. Fountain pen users were no longer isolated from each other. Yes, maybe geographically we are spread out, but online we’re all together sharing with each other. I immediately recognized that this is what had been missing from my wood pen experience, and I dove in head-first to learn everything I possibly could about fountain pens and then turn it around and immediately share it back out freely on my own blog and in my YouTube videos. This laid the groundwork for my company today, and I’ve put out well over 1,000 blog posts and 600 videos with many more to come.

It’s very appropriate that the GouletPens anniversary falls right around Thanksgiving every year, because each year I’m thankful to have spent yet another year doing what I love. The pens, ink, and paper that make up this hobby are great. Though for me they’re not the most satisfying part of being “in the fountain pen business” after five years. It’s the people. Those of us who are into fountain pens have a connection with each other, one that’s hard to explain and even harder to find outside of this community. Because of the internet, blogging, and social media, we are able to find each other and share our knowledge and passion with one another in a way that was difficult to do even ten years ago. I consider myself to be unbelievably fortunate to have discovered fountain pens when I did, with the opportunity that was there for me to participate in the writing community like I do.

It’s no longer just about me and my wife, either. We have had two children since starting our company and been able to build a future for them. We have a team of amazing people that help us do what we do every day, twenty-four of us all working hard to share the fountain pen love. This is something I could not possibly have conceived when I wrote on my first Rhodia pad in 2009, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the community that has taught me so much.

I’m thankful for Exaclair, for allowing a once no-name online retailer like me to start to carry their products and represent their brands. I’m thankful to Stephanie Smith here at RhodiaDrive for blogging passionately and being a resource for me as a fountain pen newbie. I’m thankful for manufacturers like Rhodia who make consistent and reliable fountain-pen friendly products that greatly enhance our writing experience. And most of all I’m thankful for you as a reader of RhodiaDrive for reading and sharing your own knowledge of this writing lifestyle. Your passion and generosity of your knowledge is what drew me in to fountain pens five years ago, and that continues to inspire me to this day.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Friday Link Share : November Edition and Winner of The Divide

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Congratulations to Jeff Dickerson who is the winner of Mike Dudek’s The Divide pen holder! Stay tuned this coming week for another edition of The Paper Project on Monday, and a special giveaway of Oberon Leather journal covers this coming Wednesday! 

Noodler’s Konrad Dixie #10 Methuselah Ebonite Fountain Pen at Inkophile

Ink a Day at Palimpasest

Kalemlik / Pen Cup at Write to Me Often

The Pen Guardian is Serious Protection for your Classiest Pens- Review! at Fountain Pen Geeks

Don’t Write 1,000 Words a Day at Amy Hoy

My Eraser Crush: KOH-I-NOOR Magic Erasers at From the Pen Cup

Field Trip: Damen/Papier Royaal Den Haag at Gourmet Pens

Review: Levenger Circa Leather Pro Foilo Notebook in Black at The Well-Appointed Desk

What Kind of Book Reader Are You? A Diagnostics Guide at The Atlantic

Five Women Writers Tougher Than Hemingway at Book Riot

How to write calligraphy at Calligraphy Skills

OxyLED T120 Dimmable Eye-care LED Desk Lamp at Office Supply Geek

Ten rules for writing fiction at The Guardian

The New GouletPens.com is Here! at Ink Nouveau

What to put in a sketchbook at Medium.com

Regal 82 William Fountain Pen Review at The Pen Addict

Omas Ogiva Alba Fountain Pen Review at EdJelley.com

Why is doctors’ handwriting so bad? at Health24

5 ways your thank-you note could lose you the job at Mashable

16,000 Pages of Charles Darwin’s Writing on Evolution Now Digitized and Available Online at Open Culture

Black Pen Comparison at A Penchant for Paper

Friday Sketches at Dion Dior

Can You Guess Which Pen Name Belongs To Which Famous Author? at BuzzFeed

Win a Graf von Faber-Castell luxury pen worth £310.50 at The Pen Company

Art Journal Every Day: Art Journal Playground at The Ink Pad at Balzer Designs

How Many Ways Can I Draw Lines? at Daisy Yellow Blog

Catalogs at Contrapuntalism

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-12 at Life Imitates Doodles

Re-Starting a Fizzled-Out Notebook? at Notebook Stories

Journaling Prompts: About Making Mistakes at Writing Through Life

Week 6 of The Paper Project: Clairefontaine Ruling Sampler – Sign Up Now!

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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis and there is no limit to how many weeks you can participate. Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail. *Note  – Week 6 samples will not be mailed until at least Dec. 1st. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT

Week 6 samples for the Paper Project include 1 sheet each of the following:
6×8″ Clairefontaine bright white, 90g paper in the following three rulings: Lined, Lined w/ Margin & Seyes (French Ruled)

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If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive 

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

#rhodiapaperproject week 4 at Penguin Girl

“There are improvements in printing the grid lines over the past 18 years, the line is sharper and I think very slightly finer. ”

Rhodia week#4

“This is an interesting week of paper choices. The tabbed notebook page is a bit out of context. I find myself wondering if I would like the tabs in the context of the whole book.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3, and Week 4 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!) 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT

Contest: Enter NOW to win The Divide pen holder by Dudek Modern Goods

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Enter now to win THE DIVIDE – a $60 Value!
The lucky winner will also receive 4 pocket Rhodia books to bridge the gap. (Pens not included) 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES – THANK YOU!

The Divide is handmade by Mike Dudek of Dudek Modern Goods and is a solution to allow your pens and pencils to live in harmony on your desk. It can hold up to 6 pencils, 6 pens, or a combination of other items including three pocket notebooks. The Divide is handmade from solid walnut and finished with a smooth satin poly finish. Approximate dimensions are H 2.5″ – W 5.25″ – D 3″

This contest is open to US residents only and will be remain open until midnight EST on Sunday 11/23/14. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Tuesday 11/25/14. The winner will also be notified via e-mail and The Divide will be shipped directly from Dudek Modern Goods. 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.

Please feel free to share this post on your own blog, or on any of your preferred social media outlets.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES – THANK YOU!

The Paper Project Week 5: “Size Matters” Your Chance to Sample 4 Different Size Rhodia Pads

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The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT 

This week’s Paper Project: “Size Matters” 

Since we know that many of you make your notepad selections by size in order to suit specific writing needs, this week, we are offering a variety of sizes of the classic head stapled Rhodia pads for you to try because who knows, you might just find a new size that you can’t live without! 

Week 5 samples include 1 sheet each of 80g white Rhodia line ruled paper from each of the following sizes: 

  • No. 8, (3 x 8 ¼”) 
  • No. 10 (2 x 3″)
  • No.16 (6 x 8 ¼ “)
  • No. 19 (8 ¼ x 12 ½ “) 

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • How would you use all these different sizes?
  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising

re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”

Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw

“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2 and Week 3 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!) 

 

Noteworthy: Guest Blogger Mike Dudek from The Clicky Post

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Mike Dudek of Dudek Modern Goods  and The Clicky Post is this week’s Noteworthy Guest Blogger

Do you ever look back on actions you’ve taken or choices you’ve made in the past that have shaped your “today”? The origins of my Dudek Modern Goods brand came almost by chance. On the contrary, like starting any blog, writing The Clicky Post was a very conscious decision and was one I knew I would be committing to from the start, but the creation of my line of walnut pen holders was something that evolved all on its own.

The start of Dudek Modern Goods was not intentional and began when I was visiting my local specialty lumber yard to purchase material for a home project I was doing. While perusing their aisle of scrap hardwood pieces they sell to hobbyists, I stumbled upon a good sized piece of walnut and thought “I could make something from this”.

Mike Dudek Modern Goods

As I had already started writing the blog and my collection of pens continued to grow, I knew I needed a place to store them when not in use and didn’t want to settle on a standard pen cup. Not that there isn’t a place for a pen cup, but when you start investing into nicer writing instruments you want a place to keep them that both protects and displays.

I don’t think I would call myself a true “minimalist”, but I do enjoy items that have a sense of simplicity and elegance. Beauty mingled with high functionality. Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it cannot be of high quality. These underlying thoughts are what lead me to create the first of my walnut pen pieces for my own use and to give to a few close friends early on.

Mike Dudek

I already had a workshop that I would tinker in making various things, so I ventured out and started brainstorming. As I had bought a precut piece of scrap walnut that was about 2.75” tall, 3” deep, and about 20” long (like a big rectangular bar), I had to come up with a design that fit these dimensions. I enjoy symmetry and decided to create my first design in a sort of square or “cube” shape that was 3” x 3” on top. In trying to find the right proportions (again, symmetry) for the hole configuration, I opted for a 9 hole pattern that was evenly spaced from the center. This created a nice aesthetic and balance, but also provided some ample room for the pens to sit comfortably.

Mike Dudek Workshop

There was enough material to make about a half dozen of these “cubes”, so I went to work and created my first finished pen holders that would later turn into the start of my Dudek Modern Goods line. They would later become simply known as The Cube. I documented this project of making the first Cubes on the blog through pictures which prompted readers to reach out to me about possibly purchasing them. Once I started hearing from more people and with motivation from friends like Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms, I knew it was something I could offer to the community which was exciting and fun.

Little did I know it would branch out into what it is today…

Mike Dudek

In the past year and a half I’ve added 4 additional products to the line, done two product collaborations (another in progress), and have shipped my handmade pieces to 20 countries around the world. To say I am humbled is an understatement. As a creator, being able to share your work or products is extremely satisfying and the scale of support has been tremendous. I’ll take a minute to say thank you to all that have contributed to the creation and continuation of these products as I couldn’t do it without your help.

Mike Dudek

I’ve recently released a new product called The Divide which is a piece that holds both pens and pencils with a strategically placed notebook slot as to keep them separate or “divided”. In discussing the guest post on Rhodia Drive (thanks so much for having me), we thought it might be fun to pair up and do a contest/giveaway of The Divide and include some Rhodia notebooks to go along with it!

Enter to win The Divide – a $60 value, this coming Wednesday 11/19 on Rhodia Drive! 

As my habits have evolved into primarily fountain pens for my daily writing, I have turned to Rhodia as my go-to paper as it really one of the best products to use with a liquid ink. My desk/bag is filled with Rhodia products of all sizes with the Dotpads (black cover) N16 and N18 being my primary. A small thing, but something I appreciate, is that each page is perforated.

I love the way Rhodia paper interacts with my fountain pens allowing the ink to set upon the page rather than just being soaked in completely.

A big thanks again to Rhodia Drive for allowing me to guest post and good luck to everyone in the giveaway of The Divide!

The Paper Project Week 4: Your Chance to Sample 2 Different Pastel Graph Products

Clairefontaine Pastel

The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST – WE HAVE REACHED 50 PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WEEK. TUNE IN NEXT MONDAY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PAPER PROJECT 

Week 4 samples include:

  • 1 sheet of the 8×11″ Clairefontaine Pastel Graph paper
  • 1 3×5″ Exacompta Pastel Index Card 

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising

re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”

Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw

“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2 and Week 3 posts. 

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. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post  to receive samples. Thank you!) 

 

International Fountain Pen Day Rhodia Giveaway! Enter now to win 1 of 20 pocket notebooks

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rhodia_staplebound_group_750In celebration of International Fountain Pen Day, we are giving away 20 orange Rhodia pocket sized staple bound notebooks! 

These notebooks are  3 x 4 ¾ ”  and contain 24 graph ruled sheets of 80g fountain pen friendly paper. The side stapled Rhodia notebooks are available in three sizes and with two cover options – orange and black.

This contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 11/11/14. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog later that week. 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.

(Scroll down for entry form) 

After entering our contest, check out the amazing giveaways and celebration specials over at Pen Chalet as well as all of the additional promotions from the sponsors of Fountain Pen Day 2014

Tuesday Talk Back: Ink Colors on Ivory Paper – Yay or Nay?

Ivory Rhodia Paper

I’ve always been a big fan of the way ink colors look on off-white or ivory paper and I’m glad to know that some of the folks from week 1 of The Paper Project discovered that they liked it as well.

“…first time trying ivory paper and I liked it a lot! I noticed that it really brought out some of the fountain pen ink colors”

“I agree…that the ivory paper of the Rhodia 80th really made the colors of the inks (gels and ballpoints) pop.”

“I was surprised with how the colors I like to use (relatively muted greens and greys) actually looked nice on the Rhodia 80th Anniversary ivory/grey/graph paper.”

“…although I prefer a lighter ivory paper, warm-toned inks look great on this one!”

“I really love Ivory paper, my absolute favourite in the lot. It enhances fountain pen ink colors.”

What do you think about using colored inks on ivory paper? Does it enhance the way the ink looks, or do you find it distracting? When choosing inks, do you think about how they will look on a warmer toned paper?

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