Did you know that the U.S., Canada and Mexico use a different system of paper sizes compared to the rest of the world? Exaclair products predominantly originate in France which utilizes the widespread international ISO 216 standard. A4 sizes were standardized in 1975 by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) – the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’.
Per Wiki: The international paper size standard, ISO 216, is based on the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. ISO paper sizes are all based on a single aspect ratio of square root of 2, or approximately 1:1.4142. The base A0 size of paper is defined to have an area of 1 m2. Rounded to millimetres, the A0 paper size is 841 by 1,189 millimetres (33.1 × 46.8 in).
Successive paper sizes in the series A1, A2, A3, and so forth, are defined by halving the preceding paper size across the larger dimension. The most frequently used paper size is A4 measuring 210 by 297 millimetres (8.3 × 11.7 in).
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What is your favorite Rhodia ruling? Is it graph, lined, dot or blank, and how do you use them? My ultimate favorite is blank – perfect for writing or doodles. 2nd favorite is the dot grid – also for writing/doodles.
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It always makes me happy whenever I have the opportunity to play with new art supplies. Shown above is a variety of Decopatch products (paper, brush & varnish) that Exaclair distributes within the US.
Decopatch papers are specifically designed for decoupage: (Per Wiki) “the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as the art of Japanning after its presumed origins.” Continue Readering »
Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker
“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism
That Fountain Pen Is Too Much Trouble at Inkophile
Guest Post – Habana Daily 21 Daily Planner/Diary – Review at Plannerisms
The Best Writing Advice Pico Iyer Ever Received at Open Culture
Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips at Inc.com
How Small Can You Write? at A Penchant for Paper
The History of the Trapper Keeper at Mental_Floss
Rhodia R Premium Notepad Review at The Pen Addict
How to Keep an Effective Travel Journal at Kaizen Journaling
“New York City” at Ingrid Dijkers
Kenners 1960s Spirograph at My Supply Room
Journaling with a TWSBI Fountain Pen at Gourmet Pens
Review of Helix Pencil Top Sharpener Combo. at Pencil Revolution
Journaling: The Cure for Writer’s Block at Creative Write Now
I’m not sure if I have enough ink… at Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!
What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing? at Daily Writing Tips
Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces at Writing Forward
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We recently received a request for the Rhodia Meeting Book format to be offered in a staple bound version. Is this something that would interest you? We always appreciate hearing your suggestions, comments and feedback about out products.
I spent a few hours yesterday at an ephemera show. If you’ve never heard of such a thing, it’s basically vintage book and paper items. Loads and loads of postcards, vintage advertisements, ancient handwritten letters, worthless stock certificates… you name it.
I hadn’t been to this show in at least a dozen years and didn’t really go looking for anything in particular except maybe for items that might either inspire my art or things that I could potentially use to make art with.
The first thing that really caught my eye was a booth filled with advertising posters of Hollywood-style glamorous women. From that vendor I ended up selecting a Coles Phillips illustration from a 1911 Life Magazine cover that depicted a stylish woman holding a fountain pen and appearing to have writer’s block. Continue Readering »
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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Sometimes I get an idea stuck in my head like a song. There’s no melody, just this endless train of thought, which picks up passengers every time I click a link or open a book. Lately, journaling has both been the stuck idea and the means to exorcise it.
I’ve been journaling since I could hold a pen, and I have always kept a paper journal. Neither the journaling nor the choice of paper was a conscious decision, just a way of relating to the world. With a few breaks here and there, this habit has stuck with me through adulthood. Continue Readering »
With just over a month of summer still left, it’s hard to believe that school starts up this week for some lucky students. Or should that read lucky parents? I myself don’t ever remember starting school earlier than Labor Day, an American holiday observed on the first Monday in September.
School supplies back in my day (70s-mid 80s) were somewhat simple: loose leaf paper, #2 pencils, Trapper Keeper three-ring binders, EraserMate pens and smelly erasers. As much as I detested going to school, I always loved back to school shopping.
One thing I remember about the beginning of the school year was covering our textbooks with brown paper bags from the grocery store and then decorating them with the names of favorite bands or of a latest crush.
What is one of your favorite or no so favorite back to school rituals for you or your children?
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Today is a sad day as the iconic Art Brown International Pen Shop forever closes its doors in New York City.
I’d only ever visited Art Brown on one occasion but that trip made a tremendous impression on me as it reminded me of the local stationery stores of my youth. For fountain pen lovers, this was *the* place to shop when visiting New York City with its ability to create an instant ear to ear grin at all of their available pen, paper and ink options.
Will you share your favorite memories of visiting Art Brown? What will you miss the most about this store?
I finished a sketchbook yesterday, one that I’d started around June of last year. As a total paper junkie, it’s a big deal for me to finish a sketchbook because I tend to have at least 8 different books (in a variety of sizes and paper types) going at all times and it often seems like I’ve been working in the same books for years with no end in sight.
I don’t have the same type of rituals for finishing a sketchbook/starting a new one as I do with my notebooks – my only “thing” is to make sure I have another one ready to start if it happens to be one of my favorite books. I do try and keep my notebooks/journals separate from my sketchbooks in that I may may make art in my journals but I don’t typically write in my sketchbooks.
Looking back through old sketchbooks is interesting in that I think it’s easier to see growth (artistic or otherwise) since the means of expression is primarily visual.
Do you doodle/draw in your notebooks or keep a separate sketchbook?
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Would you like our side stapled books more or less if the pages were removable? We recently received an e-mail from someone looking for this particular combination.
I prefer the micro-perforated pages in a “notepad” (for easy removal) rather than in a notebook or sketchbook where my personal goal is more about keeping pages in the book than tearing them out.
Not too long ago, I bought a bunch of spiral bound sketchbooks filled with heavier paper for mixed-media applications. They were a recognizable brand name on clearance at my local Blick so I didn’t hesitate buying all that that they had left even though I hadn’t previously used the product. Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible to turn a page without it starting separate at the perforations. Boo. (I’m guessing it has something to do with the heavier weight of the paper.)
Overall, do you prefer pages in any of your tablets/books to be easily removable via micro-perforations?
Got a new sketchbook, journal, tablet? I love testing them all with anything close at hand. Favorite pens, markers, pencils… It becomes a rite of passage to initiate a new pile of pristine paper in this way.
A few years back when I was performing countless notebook reviews, my big thing was to grab a dozen different fountain pens, (each inked with a different color) then test each one on the first page of a new book to see whether or not the inks would feather or bleed on that particular brand of paper. After the fountain pens, I’d typically try a few watercolor washes to see how the paper would hold up to the water.
Do you have a favorite “new notebook/sketchbook” ritual that you would like to share?
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Did you see it coming and were you prepared for it? Or were you taken by surprise? I have a habit of always buying more than I currently need when it comes to paper because I can’t bear the thought of running out when I have something that needs to be written down- a thought, a quote, a phone number, a grocery list or a Thank You note, I want to ensure there’s always more than enough paper to suit my needs.
Do you keep enough on hand, or do you find yourself scrambling to replace your favorite tablets once you run out?
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A few years ago when I went slightly insane testing over a 100 different bottles of fountain pen inks, I eventually realized that there was an important variable that I hadn’t addressed in my reviews.
As I sit here with 88% humidity, it’s making me think that ink would almost have to react differently when applied to paper in extreme dry or humid environments – though I’m certainly not qualified to explain it.
I distinctly remember certain times when my ink (not specific to brand or color that I can remember) dried quickly on the page yet later smeared – a phenomenon that has been attributed to the top ink molecules drying faster than the bottom ink molecules. And when might that happen? It didn’t happen for me all of the time and I never really looked hard enough at whether it was a *wet writer” “cheap paper” or humidity that might be causing this to happen.