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.
This is an image from Gentian Osman, our friend from the blog Drawing with a Squirrel. I personally love looking at all the images of her grand calligraphy and also her watercolor paintings – and even when she’s just trying out a new color combination or testing new art supplies, it’s all really interesting. Even this image of torn up calligraphy in a dozen inky colors is fun to look at.
Do you keep your ink test sheets? I had two different notebooks that I used for a long time to try different inks. I still have them but I don’t really use them any more.
There was a time when I was trying and buying practically every kind of drawing pen I could find – especially if I could buy them individually as opposed to having to purchase an entire expensive set of colors I wasn’t likely to use. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners shown above have a super fine 0.3 mm nib which makes them great for writing or drawing and they have a triangle shaped barrel which makes them easier to hold over long periods of time.
Have you ever tried these? Do you have any other brands of drawing pens/markers that you recommend?
Top image courtesy of chic ambition on Instagram. Bottom image by Stephanie.
Fahrney’s Pens is offering a free gift of a Rhodia graph pad with any $50 purchase between now and October 31st. Be sure to check out a number of delightful Halloween inspired items like the Limited Edition Montegrappa Skull Pen and other various pens, cases and notebooks in our favorite colors of orange and black.
Our friend Sandra Strait from the blog “Life Imitates Doodles” recently performed an in-depth review on the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal with a Nostalgie Cover. The review includes an emphasis on how the paper responds both to writing implements and various art materials. You can find the full review here.
Marina is from Italy but is now living in the USA. She recently sent us this photo for our “In Your Bag” Photo Page.
From Marina: “ I love my 6X9 Weekly Notebook, it has great paper that allows me to use fountain pens (my favorite). I dressed it up with a FABRICA Bookband so I always have my writing instruments available. My 3 Lamy Safari fountain pens are, of course, in the colors of the Italian flag, The white one holds J. Herbin scented violet ink (violet in color and scent :-): when I write with it it’s scent-sational!!!! And, finally, the 80g paper notepad with purple grid.”
Most people I know (myself included) don’t just have just one fountain pen and one bottle of ink, they have many. This leads to the inevitable question of which to choose at any given time. While it isn’t difficult to change inks in a fountain pen, it does take time to properly flush a pen from its previous ink. Once your pen is filled, it becomes a small commitment to use that ink until it either runs out, or you take the time to flush it.
How do you choose which ink to use? Do you have a specific color family that you stick with? A favorite brand?
Image courtesy of DIYSara – be sure to check out her blog!
In celebration of my 4th anniversary writing for Rhodia Drive, I’ve got 20 assorted Rhodiaramas to give away!
What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″ notebook somewhere between orange and black…
- 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral, lined or blank
- Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
- Embossed Rhodia logo
- Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
- Round corners and an orange ribbon marker
The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 10/08/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 10/10. 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. As the color/ruling options are limited to the 20 Rhodiaramas currently on hand, we will make every effort to offer your preferred selection - though no guarantees.
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Image courtesy of keiim on Instagram
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PS – Stephanie’s Anniversary Giveaway is Tomorrow!!!
Image above courtesy of Eva Peters. Follow her as Public_Eva on Instagram or visit her on the web. Photo taken at Urban Espresso Bar West.
From ballpoint back to…pencil?! at Recording Thoughts
Working in My Art Journals… at Random Acts of Art
The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors at Flavorwire
How to Make More Time for Creative Writing at Writing Forward
Rhodia ve Clairefontaine Notebooks @D&R’s at Write to Me Often!
Three New Mechanical Pencils at Dave’s Mechanical Pencils
Giant Office Supply Props at The Well Appointed Desk
Arnold Pens at Fountain Pen Restoration
Colour or no colour? at Nordljus
3 Functions of the Comma at Daily Writing Tips
New Pencil Blog on the Block at Pencil Revolution
Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book? at Quo Vadis
50 Years, 1 Imagination: Man Draws 2000 Sq Ft Map by Hand at WebUrbanist
Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work For You at Create Write Now
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover at Life Imitates Doodles
Rhodia Notepad Paper Comparison: Classic Pads vs Premium Pads at Jenni Bick Blog
Brian Goulet’s Top 3 Daily Carry Fountain Pens at Ink Nouveau
If you are a fountain pen user or are looking to become one, it is helpful to know how best to clean and maintain your pen(s). Assembled below are a series of links which can help get you started: Continue Readering »
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?
Image courtesy of lancepinto on Instagram
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.
This is a Pelikan M620 Grand Place fountain pen with a .5 cursive italic nib which has been custom ground by our friend Richard Binder. The ink shown in the image is Platinum Pigment Brun. This image is courtesy of hdoug on Instagram and you can view more of H. Doug’s photos of this pen in his Flickr photostream.
What special pen are you using today?
Rhodia Drive reader Tony Thomas recently brought these beautiful pens to my attention. Dale Parrott creates handcrafted exotic wood pens & touch screen styluses and sells them in his Etsy shop: Wood Turning City.
Description on this pen: “This pen was handcrafted in my shop and not made from a kit. The wood I used is Red Heart (Chakte Kok) with a lacquer finish. The Bic refill this pen uses is easy to replace and available at most office supply stores. This is a large pen with a diameter of a bit over 1/2″ and almost 6″ long. Comes with Black ink.”
“Since grade school I have always enjoyed making things out of wood. Fast forward 45 years and now I have the time to once again dabble and become more proficient at my hobby.”