In this month’s edition of Oprah magazine, swimwear designer Malia Mills lists small sketch pads as an essential tool to the trade and specifically mentions the Rhodia pad she picked up while in Paris. Dear Malia: Rhodia is available at shops like Art Brown and Fountain Pen Hospital not far from your NYC studio.
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:
Has this ever happened to you? Definitely not cool. I usually wash tissues and money. I find it amusing when I pull out an intact tissue from the dryer when I know that one sneeze would normally rip it apart, but washing a tablet would make me very sad.
“Washed my ￼ notebook with my clothes this weekend. Grrr. Not one of the chores I was hoping to cross off my list.” Image courtesy of joel_wallace on Instagram
I love to discover new and interesting magazines, and I’d never heard of “The Gentlewoman” until I came across this image on Instagram. “The Gentlewoman is a fabulous publication for modern women of style and purpose. It offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress. Featuring ambitious journalism and photography of the highest quality, The Gentlewoman celebrates inspirational women through the distinctive combination of glamour, personality and warmth in its collectable biannual magazine.”
There was a time when I probably had a dozen magazines coming to the house each month, but now I only subscribe to one: Elle Decor because I love cutting it apart and using the images in my Inspiration Journal and also for creating Vision Boards. Occasionally I will splurge at the bookstore and grab things like Yoga Journal, Writer’s Digest, Art News…
What are your favorite magazines? Do you read any via an e-reader? I also read MacWorld on my iPad via my local library and the Zinio app.
Image courtesy of Annemarie Arends – follow annemariearends on Instagram
Did you know that Rhodia makes pad holders for a variety of our top stapled notepads? Available in orange and black lightly grained imitation leather with an embossed Rhodia logo, the covers are flexible and smooth. They include an inner pocket for notes, business cards, or receipts. Each holder comes with a pad. Rhodia pad holders are available in the following sizes:
- N° 08 – 3 x 8 ¼” (Long Skinny)
- N° 11 – 3 x 4″
- N° 12 – 3 ⅜ x 4 ¾”
- N° 13 – 4 x 6″
- N° 14 – 4 ⅜ x 6 ⅜”
- N° 16 (w/ Pen holder) 6 x 8 ¼”
- N° 18 – 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”
- N° 21 (Le Carre) – 8 ¼ x 8 ¼”
Rhodia also offers a special “R” Premium Pad Gift Set which includes a No. 16 (6 x 8 ¼”) R pad and a Rhodia pencil.
At approximately 3×8″ the Rhodia No. 8 pad is no doubt the ultimate list-making tablet, but as I started thinking about what other purposes this narrow pad might serve, “Note Taking Bookmark” came to mind. I read a lot of non-fiction and I am always underlining, highlighting, and writing notes in the margins – especially when I don’t have a notebook close at hand. A single sheet from a No. 8 pad tucked inside the cover of a new book would serve the dual function of holding your place while also giving you a surface to jot down notes while reading.
Have you found any other uses for the No. 8? What if you turned it sideways?
No. 8 Specs:
- 74 x 210 (3 x 8 ¼”)
- 80 sheets of 80g RHODIA superfine vellum paper
- Available in grid or lined ruling
- Original coated card cover in orange or black
- Card board backed
- Micro-perforated sheets
- A great pad for To Dos, tasks, shopping lists or to write down orders.
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself an electric pencil sharpener. I didn’t really “need” one, but when you have piles of colored pencils to sharpen, it can sure come in handy. I’d been working with a battery operated unit that even when loaded with fresh batteries always sounded like it was about to up and die.
I like that this one can sharpen pencils of varying thicknesses as I’ve always struggled to get a good point on my favorite Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils which are slightly thicker than a regular pencil.
This beast will live in my studio, while the 5 miscellaneous pocket sharpeners I know I own will remain at large.
How do you keep your pencils sharp? Do you have a preferred sharpener?
Have you checked out our Rhodia Fan Photo pages lately? They are filled with user submitted photos in categories such as: In Your Bag, On Your Desk, On The Road, Favorite Pens, and Cover Doodles. We love sharing your pictures, so if you have one that fits into any of the above categories, send them to me: stephanie at RhodiaDrive dot com.
I’m thinking of starting a new page called “Rhodies” featuring pictures of YOU with your Rhodia. Like that idea? Send me a picture!
I managed to stay off the web and e-mail for an entire 24 hours this past Friday. I am proud of myself but it was, quite honestly, pretty freaking hard. I can’t believe how many times a day I reach out to check on things. Does anyone else feel the need to stay connected all day, every day? Does anyone implement strict “I only check my e-mail once/twice a day” type rules? Do they work?
So what did I do on my day off? I read for a while, (The Survivor Personality) wrote in my journal, worked on a to-do list, then in my specially designated Rhodia Drive Meeting Book, I came up with about 60 blog post ideas. Including the beginnings of a NEW improved Journal Swap which may include the use of a 6×8″ staplebound Rhodia notebook like the one you see above.
(I also watched Paranormal Activity 3 – probably my favorite of the three, though I’ve liked each in the series so far… )
Image courtesy of kepickles on Instagram
Each of the folks below has won a Rhodiarama Webbie! What color did you win? I’m going to let that be a surprise for your postal carrier to deliver! Continue Readering »
As we continue to look for Rhodia specific accessories…
“This is a custom bag made by Renaissance Arts of Santa Fe, NM. The right hand side is a messenger style bag, and on the left is a folder that holds a Circa system with purple aluminum rings and Rhodia for Circa (Levenger) paper, along with six slots for 3 by 5 cards. The folder attaches to the back of the bag with brass fixtures and can be carried together with the shoulder strap.”
Image and description courtesy of Doug Cooper
We’ve got winners! Joseph W. from San Jose and Jim from Vienna, Virginia, you have each won one of our Quiver/Webbie combos! Be sure to check out Quiver’s website for all their different options – INCLUDING their new Rhodia inspired black pen holders with orange stitching coming soon!
Oh… and who would like to win something COLORFUL? Stay tuned – next week we will be giving away 15… can you guess what they are? Which is your favorite color?
Does this look like you? If so, I want you to know that you are not alone. From the mundane to the incredibly important, I know lots and lots of people that save their notebooks. Why do people hold on to them? I’m guessing each person would probably have a different reason but more often than not, I think it’s probably to look back down the mountain to see how far they’ve come.
Why do you keep your old notebooks?
Image courtesy of Alex Aciman – follow acimania on Instagram and @acimania on Twitter.
We are giving away two Quiver leather single pen holders- and each will be paired with a large ruled Rhodia Webnotebook. (Webbie!) We’ve got one in brown which will be paired with our signature orange Webbie, and one in black which will be paired with a black Webbie. Continue Readering »
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?