I don’t like when things get so busy that I neglect putting pen to paper. Why? Because I know that this is a place where I have been able to work things out. I can talk about an idea to 100 people in person or on the web, but there is something about writing it down that really seems to solidify this idea or new way of thinking in my mind. Perhaps this has something to do with the physical task of moving the writing implement across the paper- recalling the muscle memory that knows this language as well as our minds…
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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 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)
Orange and black – how appropriate for Halloween! Do you know how these colors came to be associated with this ghoulish holiday? Me neither! Maybe it’s from orange pumpkins and black cats, fall leaves and the color of a witches hat…
Here are a few opinions on the topic:
PS: What was your most favorite Halloween costume you ever wore? I always struggled with masks because of wearing glasses but a number of years ago I found a mask made of a see-through fabric and I was thrilled to finally be in full disguise!
Image above courtesy of mrmikedudek on Instagram
Do you keep a log to record your physical activities? How many miles you ran or biked, hours spent working out at the gym, new yoga poses learned… How does this help you? Does seeing it on paper keep you motivated?
Keep an Exercise Log to Record Your Daily Activity at Dummies.com
Why You Should Keep a Workout Journal at WeightWatchers.com
How to keep an Exercise Diary at Weightloss.com.au
I drive a black car – my 4th black car in a row. When offered a choice, I really want to drive a black car.
When selecting items of practical (or impractical) use, how important is it to you to have them be a certain color? Does it in someway make the item more pleasurable to use?
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A while back, Exaclair was contacted by the art coordinator for the new Michael J. Fox television show with a request to provide Rhodia products for potential use as hand props and set decoration.
In the show, Michael J. Fox returns to work as a broadcast journalist for WNBC. Tune in tonight at 9pm on NBC for a special one hour premier and to see if we can spot some Rhodia!
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.
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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!