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Sketching with Rhodia – What You Need to Know via Rhodia Drive

1 May

We stumbled upon this interesting article via Rhodia Drive and wanted to share it with our audience as well! It’s helpful for {paper-particular} artists searching for their perfect Rhodia pad. Below is a snapshot from artist Alberto Lung, who enjoyed sketching with the Rhodia Pencil + Dot Pad combination.

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From Rhodia Drive : In regards to Rhodia products imported into the USA, white and yellow Rhodia papers are typically 80g and ivory Rhodia paper is 90g. All of these papers are fountain pen friendly, acid free and PH neutral. For the reasons that these papers are fountain pen friendly, it also means that you may notice a slight delay with how long it takes the ink to dry. The size of the pen’s nib in combination with the type of ink may also play a factor in drying time. (Some inks dry faster than others. Humidity is also to be considered.)

When we say “fountain pen friendly” we mean that water based fountain pen inks will not feather or bleed through to the other side of the page, Note that there may be exceptions to this rule if you are using a very broad wet nib.

The 90g papers are reported to be the smoothest of the bunch with the 80g right on its heels.

Speaking as an artist, pens, pencils and markers all pretty much glide across the smooth white and ivory Rhodia papers. It will be a matter of personal preference whether or not this is a desirable attribute while sketching. (For what it’s worth, I’ve doodled quite extensively in my Webbies using a variety of fountain pen inks. I also enjoy using drawing pens such as Faber Castell Pitt Pens and a variety of Japanese calligraphy pens,) 

Paper colors and availability:

80g White Rhodia paper is available in the widest variety of sizes and formats: head stapled pads, (aka “Bloc Rhodia Pads”) side stapled padsspiral pads… 

90g Ivory Rhodia paper: is available in a head stapled tablet known as the “R” Premium Pad. It is also available in the following hard covered books: Webnotebook (Webbie), and the Rhodiarama.

90g White Rhodia paper is only available in one product in the USA: The Rhodia Meeting Book 90.

 

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Save 10% on Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

9 Apr

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For a limited time, enjoy 10% off Stillman & Birn fine quality sketchbooks when you buy 2 or more of any one style. Why love these sketchbooks, you ask?

1. Bindings : Choose from hard bound or spiral bound built between a cover of superior quality.
2. Premium Quality Paper : Archival paper holds up to dry & wet media.
3. Paper Style : White or ivory vellum, rough, or plate paper textures.
4. Paper Weight : Heavy or extra heavy – artist’s choice.

Shop Stillman & Birn right here »

Top 8 Artist’s Studio Faves

25 Feb

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Our art supply aficionados curated their top 8 studio loves for all artists to enjoy.
Find this beautiful image of Katie Stratton on A Beautiful Mess’ tour of her studio.
1. Sennelier Half Stick Soft Pastels »
2. Viarco ArtGraf Watercolor Graphite Set »
3. Clairefontaine Graf It Sketchpads »
4. Brause Calligraphy Set »
5. Cretacolor Black Tin Box Drawing Charcoal & Pencil Set »
6. Moleskine Water Color Book »
7. KUM Magnesium 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener [more colors]»
8. & of course : Blackwing Pencils »

Quirky & Curious : Midori Notebooks

12 Feb

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If you’re a collector, world traveler, scrapbooker, swatch clipper, recipe organizer, and/or any other sort of like-minded creative, you’re going to love these fun Midori notebooks. Simple, yet hard-working! And they include lots of quirks we love like the honeybee views and kangaroo pockets. Shop all Midori notebooks here » 

PS – Great news, $4.95 flat rate shipping for orders under $75 has been extended! Enjoy fabulous savings on shipping until Monday, 2/17.

Gift of the Week : Palomino Wood Box Color Pencil Sets (12 & 24 ct.)

9 Dec

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Save 10% on one of the favorite gifts of the season. Enclosed in a gorgeous keepsake box, these color pencils are bright, vivid tools made of the finest artist quality wax. Enjoy saving 10% when you use the code COLOR10 at checkout. Shop them right here »

Shop Gifts for the Designer, Architect, & Artist

7 Dec

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1. Palomino Artist Color Penicl Box »
2. Rhodia Premium »
3. Moleskine Sketchbooks»
4. Hand of the Architect »
5. Vintage Travel Calendar »
6. Blackwing Variety Pack »
7. Croc Sketchbooks »
8. Moleskine Messenger Bag »

Monochromatic Mainstays

16 Jul

 

Minimalist? Here’s a collection you can rejoice in. Everyday tools that are brilliant in luster and function, slick in black and white hues, understated – yet refined. We’ll even keep this post simple – knowing you’d appreciate it.

Shop :

1. Cavallini Photo Corner Tin »
2. Cavallini Clipiola Italian Paper Clips »
3. Moleskine Light Metal Click Ball Pen »
4. Original Crown Mill Silk Tissue Note Cards in Grey »
5. Fisher Classic Bullet Space Pens »
6. Leuchtturm Linen Pocket Hard Cover Notebook (3.5 x 6) »
7. Rhodia A3+ dotPad (16.5 x 12.5) »
8. Moleskine Laptop Cases »
9. Cretacolor Black Tin Box Drawing Charcoal & Pencil Set (Set of 20) »
10. Blackwing Pencils »

GraF it Pads & Andy Warhol!

25 Jun

When these Clairefontaine Vintage Graf it Sketchpads arrived, we were instantly drifting off on a magical pop art daydream with muse Andy Warhol. We believe he would favor these sketchpads, as they’re perfect for bold prints, fine ornate drawings, or loose wacky lines. The heavy 41 lb. paper holds lots of color and is perfect for quick experiments with mixed media. We think he’d also get a kick that the covers are such a high-five to his style, giving each GraF it Pad holder their own 15 minutes of fame. With many cover colors, prints, bold retro typography, and 4 sizes, they’ve got lots of personality, just like him. Shop Clairefontaine GraF It Pads »

Here are our staff’s fave facts about Andy…

Andy was born Andrew Warhola on August 6th, 1928.

He contracted Sydenham’s chorea when he was a young boy, and his artistic mother encouraged him to pursue creating art while he was sick. Foreshadowing his future subjects, he started to collect pictures of movie stars. He would grow up to print celebrity works of Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor.

He was an art editor for his college’s student magazine, and broke into his wild world with a first job for Glamour magazine. First assignment : “Success is a Job in New York.”

Over a decade, Warhol worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and more high-profile clients.

His favorite thing to buy was underwear.

Warhol believed his gray hair in his 20′s helped people notice his youthful good looks.

He was a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy.” His mother collaborated on many of his artworks, and even signed his pieces sometimes.

Andy rented an abandoned firehouse as a painting studio in his early days, later moving up to the iconic Factory.

He was a regular volunteer for a homeless shelter while in New York City.

Andy was shot by a feminist three times in 1968. He was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, but later revived after intense surgery.

He was audited every year from 1972 until his death in 1987.

From the ’50s through the ’70s, Andy always kept a cardboard box beside his desk that he would fill with interesting ephemera. When they were full, he’d close and date them. By the time Andy passed away, he had assembled over 600 of these “time capsules.”

They’re fascinating! See the 21st time capsule here »

Salvador Dali once gave Warhol his used color palettes, he put them in a time capsule.

In the 80′s Warhol guest-starred in the 200th episode of The Love Boat. He was represented by a modeling agency, appeared in a Diet Coke commercial, and purchased 2000 bottles of Dom Pérignon to celebrate the new millennium.

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in the United States of America which is dedicated to a single artist.

For more, check out 82 Things You Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol. Find the car print here.

Make it Yours! 3 Ways to Decorate Envelopes When Sending Letters

27 May

Nothing is better than receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. The time someone took to pick out the stationery, to sit down and craft sentences, and send it off is something of an anomaly.  In this day and age of social media, a handwritten letter is largely considered a thing of the past.

Show You Care with a Letter!

So why not show your appreciation to a friend, a family member, or a loved one and send off your own personalized letter?  You don’t need to spend a fortune on pre-made cards and envelopes, just take a blank envelope and you can make it totally your own in seconds!

While I love buying traditional cards, I love buying plain cream colored folded cards and envelopes.  This allows me to personalize the envelope (and the card) to the individual person, rather than rely on pre-written wishes!

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My old standby has always been rubber stamps.  I have amassed a small collection of lovely stamps from various places in various designs – a small cat, a star burst, a lovely paisley design reminiscent of India – to name but a few.

Personally, I always pick a color first (most of my letters follow a color scheme), then I ink the chosen image on the side and the back of my envelope.  In a contrasting color, I would write the address. Depending on how creative I want to be, I either stop there or I add a little watercolor wash, layering colors and images until I am satisfied with my final product.

Washi tape is my new obsession.  I love its versatility and it comes in the most darling prints. One idea is to take washi tape and create a small box in the middle of the envelope and write the address inside.  Or you can place the washi tape all along the sides of the envelope.  You can use images from magazines coupled with washi tape to create a unique and simple design!

Something to Cherish Forever

Finally, you can just draw.  My best friend, who is an incredible artist, used her envelopes as a small mini canvas. In an attempt to flatter and impress her, I decorated my envelopes (and card) with little stick figures running around!  While that was the extent of my creativity, the sky is the limit for your artistic thoughts!  Using sturdy glue, you can create a lovely collage on the envelope front.  You can use stickers, pretty colored pens and ink to really create a lovely, unique envelope to send off to your friends and loved ones.

There is no limit to what you can do with your envelopes! Have some fun with them and see how you can transform this non-traditional canvas into a work of art.

 

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Meet the Writer: Akhila Jagdish is a writer and a senior editor at The Crafted Word, an editorial services company. She loves making lists, collecting journals, reading, drinking wine and cooking. She is always looking for a good book, a new pen or a yoga class! 

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Introducing New Hand-Book Travelogue Series Sketchbooks!

8 May

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Guest Post: Sketching + Watercolor in the Stillman & Birn Alpha Art Journal

28 Jun

Editor’s Note: Today’s blogger, Less, was one of three winners in our Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway, and received the Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Art Journal. She readily volunteered to write a guest review for our blog, and we’re thrilled to host her words, images, and videos today! Love what you see? Let her know in the comments!

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The sketchbook arrived to me well packaged and once the wrapping was removed I was quite impressed with the sketchbook. The covers feel very heavy and sturdy. Unlike some other sketchbooks I’ve bought they were not bowed and so far even with the oppressive Massachusetts humidity, they have remained flat and rigid. The black covering is black plastic with a nice faux leather grain. The back cover is debossed with the Stillman & Birn logo as well as Alpha, the sketchbook series. The coils are made of nice sturdy wire and painted black to match the cover. The holes for the rings are standard sized squares. They aren’t too tight nor are they sloppy, pretty much just right.

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Inside the covers are 50 leaves or 100 pages of 110 lb (150 gsm) heavy paper. The surface is a lovely cold pressed finish. When I looked at the paper I was surprised to find that Stillman & Birn refer to it as a cold press finish, as I generally think of CP paper as quite a bit rougher than these pages. It is a very subtle cold press finish. It’s quite smooth but has just enough texture to be interesting with a variety of materials. The paper is warm white in color without leaning into ivory.

I’ve tested a variety of materials on these pages and have been nothing but impressed. My fountain pens all love this paper. Ink looks great. Every color out of every pen just looks wonderful. The warm white shade really shows the colors off. Black is a nice deep black color, red pops off the page and my greys look perfectly silvery.

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Officially Stillman & Birn rates this paper as “good for light washes.” Of course I had to throw that caution into the wind and really slop some watercolor onto the page. With light to moderate washes I noticed some cockling of the paper, that mostly relaxed after drying, leaving only slight waves in the pages. The pages I dumped heavy amount of watercolors reacted pretty much as expected, lots of cockling and plenty of waves even when dry. The waves in the pages did decrease after closing the sketchbook for a few hours.

A surprising thing is that with both heavy amounts of ink and watercolor there was no soak through to the reverse side of the page. Which left me with both sides of the page being useful. The only soak through that I experienced was with spray inks when applied heavily and regular bullet point Sharpies. It felt great with a variety of pencils, I was able to lay down thick layers of pencil to create deep darks without the paper falling apart. Erasing pencil was great too, the paper stood up to my erasers and erases cleanly.

Overall I’m very pleased with the Stillman & Birn Alpha series paper, it works perfectly with my style of sketching and art journaling. I have no doubt that it would survive the abuse that most mixed media art journalers would throw at its pages.  I will be getting more.

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Meet the Writer: Less Herger is the owner and writer behind ComfortableShoesStudio.com and co-founder of PutitonPaper.org. She’s been making art for as long as she can remember and can’t imagine a day without her pen and ink.

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Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway Winners!

11 Jun

We were absolutely THRILLED at the response all last week to the Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway. We picked three random winners, one from each of the following entry possibilities: Blog comment, Twitter response, Instagram art picture. And the three art journal winners are [drumroll please] …

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Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Dry & Light Washes; Vellum Finish; Natural White; 150 gsm Paper]

Blog Comment Winner: Leslie Herger

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Ideal for Multi-media; Rough Paper Surface; Natural White; 270 gsm Paper]

Instagram Winner: Dante O. of @BlackMarketArts

 

Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

 

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Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Pen & Ink Drawings; Plate Finish; Natural White; 150 gsm Paper]

Twitter Winner: @HDoug

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, articles, tips & tricks, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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