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Amalfi – Luxurious, Handmade Cotton Paper

14 May

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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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Eco Luxe : Our Earth Conscious Stationery

16 Apr

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1. Moleskine »
2. Clairefontaine »
3. Fabriano »
4. Rite in the Rain »
5. Rhodia »
6. Paperblanks »
7. Poo Poo Paper »
8. Word. Notebooks »

 

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 »

Free Shipping for Orders $45+ has been Extended!

2 Apr

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Save 10% {for a Limited Time} on Field Notes!

19 Mar

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For a Limited Time, Take 10% off Incredible Fisher Pens

5 Mar

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Fisher Pens are out of this world. Literally.
With any Fisher Pen, feel the extraterrestrial powers of writing whilst :

* Scuba Diving (underwater)

* Visiting Mars (in extreme temps)

* Trapeezing (at any angle)

* Space Traveling (at zero gravity)
Shop Fisher Pens & save 10% with code SPACE at checkout! »
Ends 3/11

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 »

A Radical Flashback Sale – 30% Off Moleskine Star Wars, Pac Man, & LEGO!

22 Feb

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Which side are you on? Enjoy all the traditional Moleskine features, along with the classic Star Wars logo surrounded by hyper space hot-stamped in metallic silver foil over the classic black cover. Plus you receive a print of the 1977 movie artwork tucked away in the rear accordion pocket. Shop & save 30% on Moleskine Star Wars Notebooks »

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Moleskine celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man with a limited edition notebook & volant set. The exclusive covers commemorate the vibrant yellow 80′s cultural icon famed for being the hungriest video game hero of all time. Shop Moleskine Pac Man Notebooks »

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The legends of Moleskine and LEGO finally meet in this instant notebook classic. The distinctive inside cover inspires with the colorful axiom “Think With Your Hands,” and LEGO character stickers are included to customize your pages. Shop & save 30% on Moleskine LEGO Notebooks »

The Magical Construct of a Paperblanks Wrap Journal

19 Feb

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Ever wonder about the details that make a Paperblanks Wrap Journal so special? Here’s a behind the scenes look at their construction.

1. Foil stamped gold borders
2. The tightly sewn binding prevents loose papers
3. The antique, hand-worn finish evokes the timeless beauty of Renaissance-period manuscripts
4. Elegant & secure magnetic wrap binding
5. Beautiful laid, acid-free paper
6. Cloth ribbon placeholder
7. Rear pocket for extra clippings, tickets, and other mementos
8. Works wonderfully with fountain pens, like this LAMY 2000

 

You’ll also love the embellished manuscript journals from history’s favorite cultural zeitgeists. Discover all Paperblanks »

It’s Almost Spring! Gear Up with Rite in the Rain

15 Feb

 

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Find your best ideas in the shower? Love to journal by the pool? Cave spelunking, perhaps? Live in Seattle? Scuba much?

You’re going to need a Rite in the Rain notebook. These handsome/tough notebooks come in myriad paper, cover, and color options, and love to be put to an adventurous explorer’s test. Their paper is coated with an eco-friendly formula created from water, which enables the entire page to accept your pen – even when covered in water! It’s one of those paper-lover obsessions we can’t live without. With one go-round under the rainforest canopy with your own, we’re sure you’ll agree. Shop all Rite in the Rain notebooks right here »

 

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.