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.
Image courtesy of linckchau on Instagram
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)
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?
Image courtesy of Shangching CH – follow bakanekosan on Instagram.
8 out of the 10 Best Selling Rhodia products in 2012 were graph ruled, including the #1 Best Seller, the 6×8 1/4″ top staple bound (#16) notepad. So what else made the list? See below.
1. Rhodia Classic Notepad Top Staple bound Graph 6 x 8 ¼ – Orange (#16)
2. Rhodia Classic Notepads Top Staple bound Graph 3 3/8 x 4 ¾ – Orange (#12)
3. Rhodia Classic Notepads Top Staple bound Graph 3 x 4 – Orange (#11)
4. Rhodia Classic Meeting Book Lined 6 ½ x 8 ¼ – Black
5. Rhodia Classic Notepads Top Staple bound Dot Grid 6 x 8 ¼ – Black (#16)
6. Rhodia Classic Notepads Top Staple bound Graph 3 x 8 ¼ – Orange (#8)
7. Rhodia Classic Notebooks Side Staple bound Graph 3 x 4 ¾ – Black
8. Rhodia Boutique Mouse Pad 7 ½ x 9 Graph – Orange
9. Rhodia Classic Notepads Top Staple bound Graph 4 3/8 x 6 3/8 – Orange (#13)
10. Rhodia Classic Notebooks Side Staple bound 3 x 4 ¾ Graph – Orange
Are your favorites on this list? (I am very happy to see a dotPad at #5, though I think I’m in the minority of people who prefer the blank pads.)
Image courtesy of Jonathan Gilmour, whose girlfriend made this totally sweet Rhodia inspired iPad case. Check out the grid patterned fabric on the back!
We most certainly appreciate the folks who love our products so much that they create tribute items such as this – great big thanks to you!
You can follow Jonathan as jonogilmour and his girlfriend bunniesinblazers 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.
Aha! A Rhodia colored fountain pen!
One of the very first fountain pens I tried (After my beloved red Lamy Safari) was a Pilot Vanishing Point. It’s an interesting pen in that it’s capless- the nib is retractable at the push of a button. While I didn’t keep this pen very long, (too large for my hands/not crazy about the orientation of the clip.) I know there are many devoted fans of this particular pen.
“The Namiki Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen was launched in Japan during the early 1960s by the Pilot Corporation. Originally called “Capless,” it had one of the most complex inner mechanisms ever made… “ you can further explore the history of the Vanishing Point at Carmen Rivera Pens.
Image courtesy of Jonathan Gilmour. Follow him as jonogilmour on Instagram.
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:
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 »
It’s here! Time to roll our our first ever Rhodia Journal Swap: “Favorite Things.” Interested in participating? Read on, then please fill out the form below by Jan 18th. We’d love if you would share this opportunity with your friends! Questions? Please submit via comments. Continue Readering »
It turns out that our dotPads and dotWebbies are extremely popular and I got to wondering who may have discovered any special or unique uses for the dotted paper. I know I’ve seen several people use them for practicing calligraphy – and one person told me they used them for mapping computer networks. I can personally envision them being used for designing a garden, drawing up plans for a dream home or creating a map to a stash of buried treasure.
How are you using your dots? Show me and I might just share here on the blog – send pics to email@example.com