Guest Blogger Fred Pitts: Yellow vs White Rhodia Paper

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Fredric Pitts: Review of two Rhodia No. 19 pads of lined paper – one white and one yellow.

“When I sat down to write with these two papers I will admit that I had preconceived ideas about how the experience would go… and I was wrong. I thought that the white paper would be great for fountain pens and, thus, my favorite. The yellow, reported to be toothier, would be great for pencil but not fountain pens and I rarely use anything but fountain pens. On both pads the lines are nicely spaced for my hand and the page has lots of real estate to write upon which is great for the desk top, not really my favorite size for travel. Continue Readering »

Guest Post: New Year, New Pen

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Earlier in the year, I’d written a post about New Pens for the New Year and Jane Herman took the time to write about her wanting to try a new pen and then discovering an opportunity to test it in person. Be sure to visit Jane’s blog, Jane the Writer. 

“For some time, I’ve been eying these Papermate Flair pens, but was reluctant to buy the whole set without the opportunity to try one first. My chance came yesterday, when my sister and I stumbled upon University Stationery just two doors down from the movie theater where we’d spent the afternoon. The bins of individual brightly colored pens waiting to be tested and the piles of Rhodia notebooks and pads caught my eye immediately in this high-end, but cramped independent stationery store in the neighborhood of NYU. It didn’t take much to convince my sister we should pop in, and like a kid in a candy store, I tested pen after pen after pen, even though I knew all along that the blue ultra fine Flair above would leave the store with me.

The pen, a gift from me to me, got its test run in the office today and passed with flying colors. The ink is smooth, the color vibrant, the line fine and sharp, and, best of all, it doesn’t bleed through the pages in my brand new planner! If this experience is a sign of things to come, 2014 is off to a great start!”

What new pens have you purchased this year so far?

 

The Difference Between Yellow & White Rhodia Paper: Would You Like to Test it?

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A short while back we received a comment about the texture of the yellow paper in our No. 19 Staplebound Pads. When the person had mentioned that the yellow paper had more “tooth” than its white counterpart, Karen sent me one of each to test and I would tend to agree. While both papers are manufactured by Clairefontaine and are each 80g in weight, the 80g white performs as expected but the yellow does indeed feel “toothier” and is especially nice when used with a pencil.

So here’s the deal: We’ve got 5 pairs of these tablets to give away. If you are located in the USA and are willing to provide us with timely feedback on the yellow versus white paper with whatever media you prefer, (pencil, fountain pen, gel pen, etc.) please enter your info on the form below and click submit. (The form may not be visible when viewed on a mobile device or if you are subscribed to our blog via e-mail. Please visit RhodiaDrive.com to view the form)

This particular offer is open to USA participants and will remain open until midnight EST on Friday February 21st. Participants will be selected at our discretion and notified by e-mail the week of February 24th with additional details on where to submit the product feedback. Testers are also welcome to write their own blog reviews about these products.

Product Review: Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover

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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.

View the available options for the Nostalgie covers here and Exacompta Forum refills here.

Other reviews of the Forum can be found at Inkophile and on my own blog, Spiritual Evolution of the Bean.

Friday Link Share: Late Summer Edition

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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

Miss That ‘Back to School’ Feeling? Here’s How to Get It Back at Inc.com

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.

 

Friday Link Share August Edition

Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook on Life Imitates Doodles

Transforming Fear Through the Power of Journaling at Creative Write Now

Art Journal Prompts Galore at Daisy Yellow Blog

Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper at Notebook Stories

4 Things You Can Do At Your Desk To Be Happier at Inc.com

start by starting at Wild Thyme Creative

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S. at This is Colossal

Where nibmeisters differ at And ALl Other Tasks

How to Keep Motivated When Working From Home at Under30Ceo

Review of Neon Ticonderogas at Pencil Revolution

365 Collages | Week 30 – the Post It Note Edition at iHanna’s Blog

Fader Vanishing Ink Highlighter at Office Supply Geek

Sanford / PaperMate Liquid Expresso Extra Fine Line Pen at A Penchant for Paper

Archival Images Combed for Signs of Amelia Earhart at Mashable

Pen Loop at The Well Appointed Desk

Creative Every Day Theme for August 2013: Cycles at Creative Every Day

The Persistence of Pencil at Little Flower Petals

A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Embarrasing Moments at Writing Through Life

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 65 – CSI Pen-Town

Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”

Psst – Have you entered our latest contest to win a piece of ePure luggage? 

Rhodia and Blackwing

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While the ink is drying up in all of my fountain pens, 2013 for me has most definitely become my year of the pencil. I’ve got *piles* of them. (Albeit small piles, they seem to be everywhere in both my house and studio.) While I’m still trying to work out my favorites, I can tell you that so far I am quite fond of the 0.7 Super Hi-Polymer 2B Pentel leads that I have loaded into two different mechanical pencils and  for a close second, California Republic Palomino’s in 2B or B.

See the Blackwing pencil above? You know the story about them, right? Eberhard Faber began manufacturing them in the 1930′s and stopped production in 1998. These pencils were so well loved that a single pencil was commanding upwards of $40 on Ebay. People longing for their favorite brand of pencils began to notice a similarity in Palomino’s pencils and eventually, Palomino decided to re-inroduce the beloved 602 as well as a similar version, “The Blackwing” with a slightly softer lead geared towards artists.

I’ve tried both the Blackwing and the 602 and while I want to love them for the sake of nostalgia, they feel a little unbalanced in my small hands with their large eraser/ferrule. I agree that the Blackwing is pretty sweet for sketching.

Image courtesy of whubbsie on Instagram

New Sketchbook Test

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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?

Image courtesy of almighty5 on Instagram

What was your first Rhodia experience?

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My first Rhodia experience was a pair of small gridded No. 11′s that I purchased at Dick Blick. I bought them after reading that one of my favorite jewelry designers kept one in his back pocket at all times. Mine lived in my purse. A few years later, I’d explore additional Rhodia/Clairefontaine options once I’d started writing with a fountain pen and discovered that all paper wasn’t so friendly with water based fountain pen inks.

What do you remember about your first Rhodia experience?

The image above is courtesy of writetomeoften.com. Be sure to visit the blog whose author loves books, cats, stationery, pens, fountain pens, inks, sufi tradition, myths, religions, occult and everything!

Swimming in the Bleu Ocean

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Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?

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In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »

Pen Tests Are Part of The Fun

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I believe one of the joys of writing with a fountain pen is being able to explore so many different options. From the various nib types to literally hundreds of different ink options in every imaginable color, this allows you to customize your experience which in turn, can make every writing task seem less of a chore and more like like something to look forward to. Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers are consistent performers when paired with these water based inks and can help make your writing experience become even more enjoyable.

Do you have a pen test page like the one above? This is always a fun way to compare which inks are your favorites in which pen. I know some people who choose famous quotations when trying out new inks. Me? I always found myself writing the alphabet or doodling with a new pen/ink.

Image courtesy of heymatthew on Instagram

Ever Try Clairefontaine Triomphe Paper?

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In yesterday’s blog post, I used an image of a Clairefontaine Triomphe writing tablet. Especially popular with fountain pen users, this extra-white 90g paper is extremely smooth- more so than regular Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers, although I think the paper in the Rhodia R tablets comes pretty close. All of the fountain pens tested (with varying nib widths) wrote true to size with no bleeding or feathering.

Because of this paper’s super smooth surface, Continue Readering »

Friday Link Share!

Rhodia LeCarre

Three Good Things at Little Flower Petals

Journaling Through Your Injuries at Creative Write Now

Where do you get creative? at Lifehacker

List It Tuesday: Been There Done That at Daisy Yellow Blog

Creative Thinking Exercises for the Workplace at Chron

Packing for India at Urban Sketchers

Marker Review…..2nd Edition at Draw Doodle Decorate

Name that Pen at PENS PAPER INKS…WHATEVER!

This Old Notebook at Patrick Rhone

You Can Have my Notebook When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Fingers at The Digital Reader

The Post Office at Collage Journeys

12 Most Inspired Online Resources for Creative Juice at 12Most

Pen Shows: The 2013 Philadelphia Pen Show Review at Anderson Pens.net

Robin Quivers gives Howard Stern a $1700 pen at Examiner.com

Writing works wonders: Personal growth, creativity among benefits of journaling for children at The Joplin Globe

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing at The Passive Voice

51 Examples Of Matching Ink To Pen To Paper at Inkophile

Lisa Cargile’s Pencil Photography. at Pencil Revolution

Waterman Early Crusader at Fountain Pen Restoration

The Power of Handwritten Notes and Reminders at Journal in a Box

Myths About Our Right and Left Brains at Psychology Today

Final Friday Link Share of 2012

Handwritten Review: Rhodia Dot Pad at Ed Jelley

Good Grammar Kills No One at Icy’s Blunt Pencil

J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Anniversary Ink at The Well-Appointed Desk

2012 Planner Tally at Plannerisms

Book Review: Raw Art Journaling at A Penchant for Paper

Deep Letters Correspondence Project at LadyKayy

The Return of Writing at Inc.com

How to Write Emails that Get an Immediate Response at ProBlogger

Hilarious Video Proof: Your Ability to Make Realistic Sound Effects Is Gender-Based at Open Culture

New tangle pattern Kabbidge at Life Imitates Doodles

Make Writing Your Only Plan at The Passive Voice

Non-Writing Spouses at The Passive Voice

Pilot Capless Hand Written Review at Inktronics

Quintessential Conversion: The Ultimate Warehouse Loft at WebUrbanist

Use a “Done List” to Keep Yourself Feeling Efficient and Motivated at Lifehacker

Ink Links at The Pen Addict

17 Tips From Instagram’s Power Elite For Amazing Travel Photos at Mashable

Writing Tips: Every Word Matters at Writing Forward

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational at AllInfographics

I will Catch Up at My Supply Room

Unplugging The Geek… Exploring New Geekdoms at Blessed are the Geeks

20 Business Tools for Entrepreneurs at Under30CEO

Ѧяt ʝ◎üґη@ℓḯᾔḡ ⑴ø𝟙 at Daisy Yellow

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Fan letter from Thomas Quicksell –  blogger for Blessed Are The Geeks

“I have to say I have loved Rhodia since 2009. My first notebook being the Reverse Book, classic orange, and I was so impressed with it’s quality as well as it’s ability to induce creativity. It was hard where I lived in the States to get Rhodia items. In Rhode Island the best place I found was at a Hip little pipe tobacconist. But now that I am living in London, England there are so many great places that sell Rhodia. When I found RhodiaDrive I was really excited, I finally felt like there where others who knew of the amazingness. So I figured I would grab my bag, dump it out and join in with the sharing! Continue Readering »

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