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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.


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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Office / Life Hacks – The Latest We’ve Loved…

21 Jan


We love a good life hack & fantastic, vetted advice. Here are a few of our faves lately :

Why Empathy is your Most Important Skill – and How to Practice it »
Hilarious31 Easy Hacks to Make Your Workday Better »
This crafty genius built an all-encompassing desk that rises when she stands, and lowers when she sits »
Many of our staff members have become complete wine geeks from reading Wine Folly’s Wine 101 articles – highly recommended from the winos among us »
How to read 52 books in 52 weeks and save yourself $21,000 »
Advice, but great to read: 5 Investment Lessons from Climbing Mt. Everest from Fortune Magazine »
A fave list from our most-loved Fast Company : 10 Quick Productivity Hacks to Make Life at Work Better »
This is by far the most beautiful, and helpful HTML cheat sheet we’ve found »
And lastly, an awesome & piece of cake infographic for 10 straight up fancy cocktail recipes »



Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

13 May

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Review: @Exaclair G. Lalo Verge de France A5 Tablet – Blue

EdJelley: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook – Handwritten Review

These Beautiful Pens: More Paper Love: Le Typographe Writing Pad & Journal

Ink of me Fondly: Rhodia No.11 Notepad

Notebook Stories: Review: Piccadilly Softcover Notebook

Pens, Paper, Inks, Whatever: Clairefontaine Back to Basics 1951

Rants of the Archer: Review: Unlimited Notebook by Rhodia

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Review: Palomino Blackwing Pencils

Well Appointed Desk: Ticonderoga Sensematic Mechanical Pencil  and Vintage Parker 21 Review

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Raspberry Al-Star with J. Herbin Rouge Opera

Pencil Revolution: Review of Palomino Blackwing 602

Built from Ink and Tea: The Grand TWSBI Review – Part 2. A Review of the TWSBI Diamond 530 Fountain Pen

EdJelley: Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Pentorium: TWSBI VAC 700: Unboxing, First Impressions, and Writing Test! (Video) and TWSBI VAC 700 Long-term Review

On Fountain Pens: Review: Platinum Pocket Pen – from the 1970s!

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Tchaikovsky – De Atramentis Ink Review

Inkdependence: De Atramentis Moss Green and Noodler’s Gruene Cactus Eel

Inked Up & Happy: Requested review: Iroshizuku´s Ku-Jaku

FPGeeks: Inkcyclopedia: Cross Blue

Built from Ink & Tea: Review of Noodler’s Nightshade Ink

PenInkCillin: Private Reserve Invincible Aqua Blue


Have a review you’d like included in the round-up? Post the link and title in the comments and we’ll add it here! Note that our comments are moderated, so if it doesn’t show immediately we’ll get to it soon.


Link Love: Rhodia Drive & Derek Lam

19 Apr

We were so excited to see Derek Lam mention RHODIA as one of his travel essentials! Derek Lam is SUCH a fashion force and we love to see he uses Rhodia Notepads.

See the original article on Rhodia Drive here and discover more about Derek Lam here.

Derek Lam's Travel Essentials : Rhodia Drive

Derek Lam’s Travel Essentials : Rhodia Drive

Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

25 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Review of Stillman & Birn’s Zeta Paper #Stillman&Birn

EdJelley: R by Rhodia No. 18 Lined Notepad – Handwritten Review

Plannerisms: Moleskine Action Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Edison Beaumont Pneumatic – The Awesome Review

Well Appointed Desk: TWSBI Mini Review…Finally

Ink of me Fondly: Lamy Safari & Al-Star Nib Size Comparison

Fine Points: Review: Pentel Slicci .25

Built from Ink and Tea: Review of the Hero 616 Jumbo Fountain Pen

Gourmet Pens: Review: Airmail 444 Eyedropper Fountain Pen – Flex

Fountain Pen Quest: Review: TWSBI Vac 700

From the Pen Cup: Icon: Lamy 2000 (Makrolon)

Pentorium: Fountain Pen Guide Series, Session 2: The Difference A Filling System Makes

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Handwritten Review

Built From Ink and Tea: Review of Noodler’s Blue-black Ink

Fountain Pen Quest: Ink Notes: J. Herbin Cafe Des Iles

Pentorium: Ink Review: Noodler’s Bulletproof Black



Have a review you’d like included in the round-up? Post the link and title in the comments and we’ll add it here! Note that our comments are moderated, so if it doesn’t show immediately we’ll get to it soon.


Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

4 Mar

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Ink of me Fondly: Clairefontaine Collection 1951 Notebook Red Coral

FPGeeks: Whitelines A4 Side Wirebound Grid Notebook

EdJelley: Leuchtturm Jottbook Handwritten Review

Gourmet Pens: Whitelines Link A5 Notebook

Ethereal Voices: Rhodia Weekly Notebook Calendar

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Inktronics: U.S.S. Constitution Fountain Pen Review

From the Pen Cup: Inspired: Lamy AL-Star Ruby Red Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Pentorium: The Battle Between Japan’s Big 3

Fountain Pen Quest: Waterman Liaison Cobra

Palimpsest: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum Fountain Pen

Ink Reviews

Inkophile: Can You Match Pen Or Ink To Pantone Emerald?

EdJelley: J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Handwritten Review

Ink of me Fondly: Diamine Violet Ink

Built from Ink & Tea: Noodler’s Van Gogh Starry Night Ink

Misc. Reviews

Comfortable Shoes Studio: KUM Oval Pencil Shapener- 2 Hole


Have a review you’d like included in the round-up? Post the link and title in the comments and we’ll add it here! Note that our comments are moderated, so if it doesn’t show immediately we’ll get to it soon.


Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

28 Jan

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: Clairefontaine Crok Book Plain Notebook

Leigh Reyes: Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook

Office Supplies Junkie: Mara-Mi 12 Month Notebook Set

Life Imitates Doodles: Part II-Review of the Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook 

Ethereal Voices: Quo Vadis Scholar Basic Calendar

Ink Of Me Fondly: Moleskine Green Lego Pocket Plain Notebook

FPGeeks: Clairefontaine Classic Side Wirebound Review

EdJelley: Rhodia No. 16 Graph Notepad

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Palimpsest: The Flying Scotsman Pen  and TomBow Oceanic Mechanical Pencil

From the Pen Cup: Faber-Castell e-motion Fountain Pen and Lamy Safari Apple Green 2012 Limited Edition

FPGeeks: Delta Fusion 82 Fountain Pen – The Awesome Review

Built From Ink & Tea: A Review of the Lamy Safari

FPQuest: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black Pen

Inktronics: Sheaffer Intensity Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

Pentorium: Pelikan Souveran M400 Review

Well Appointed Desk: Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen

Economy Pens: Pilot Razor Point II

East, West, Everywhere: Sailor Clear Candy

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: Edison Herald: the pen I hated to love

A Penchant for Paper: Sakura Gelly Rolls Gold Shadow & Silver Shadow

Ink Reviews

Inkdependence: Noodler’s Antietam InkDe Atramentis Steel Blue, and De Atramentis Gandhi

Peaceable Writer: Revisiting Namiki Blue

Built From Ink & Tea: Noodler’s Baystate Blue Ink

EdJelley: Diamine Majestic Purple

FPQuest: Noodler’s Walnut

Misc. Reviews

Simplicity Embellished: Kuretake Little Red Gift Set

Recording Thoughts: Drawing versus writing pencils


Have a review you’d like included in the round-up? Post the link and title in the comments and we’ll add it here! Note that our comments are moderated, so if it doesn’t show immediately we’ll get to it soon.


Link Love: Productivity Tips & Resolutions Help for the New Year

18 Jan

We could all use a bit of a boost this time of the month. Resolutions were made, and perhaps are not as present in your mind as they were right after New Year’s, so take a moment to peruse the links for inspiration, motivation, and a brief moment to relax and read!

Lost Coast Post: How To Complete a 365 Challenge

FastCompany: 11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People

365 Letters: 2013 Letter Writing Topics

Forbes: Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep

Plannerisms: Fitting your Goals into your Schedule

Frugal Guidance: Use Evernote to Remember ANYTHING, Frugally

Recording Thoughts: Super Simple GTD Approach For Traveler’s Notebook

Lifehack: 10 Things You Need to Learn to Live a Super Happy Life (h/t Ms.Logica)

Kaizen Journaling: 45 Things You Can Write In Your Journal

A Penchant for Paper: My Productivity System

‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition

14 Jan

Image Sourced via Creative Commons User MaxxTraffic - click the image for more of his work2012 was such an amazing year for and we want to thank all of YOU, our readers and customers, who helped get us to where we are today.

  • We added multiple brands to the website that included Field Notes, Blackwing and Palomino, Lamy, Whitelines, and Stillman & Birn, among others.
  • Rhodia and Moleskine continued to lead the pack as our top selling brands, and we revamped our website toward the end of the year with easy-to-search product filters, integrated brand stories, and so much more!
  • Not to mention we added over 200 new blog posts throughout 2012, and our busiest day on the blog culminated in 1,500+ blog views!

And that’s just a taste of what’s to come in 2013 on! To start, we’ve got tons of blog posts with productivity tips to get your year started on the right foot, new brands and new offerings from current brands, and plenty of fun giveaways and contests to keep you delighted. We’ll keep you updated as we go, and if you ever have comments, requests, or questions, you can always leave a comment on our blog or email (and if you want to guest blog with us, email specifically).

Cheers to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013 for everyone! And have some fun perusing the below ‘Best of 2012′ Pen & Paper Community Link Love Edition we pulled together.


Inkophile: A Simple 2013 Fountain Pen Resolution
A Bunch Of Links Including Your Favorites And My Lists

A Penchant for Paper: Best of the Blog 2012

Kaizen Journaling: What I read in 2012 & KJ Book Awards

Leigh Reyes: 2012 Top Ten Pens & 2013 Fountain Pen Wallpaper

Plannerisms: Goal, Resolution, Project, Task: Definitions and Examples

52 Letters Project: Happy New Year from The 52 Letters Project!

Well Appointed Desk: Top Ten Most Popular Posts for 2012

Papered Thoughts: The Resolution

On Fountain Pens: Top 10 pens of 2012

Ink Circles: End of the World Remix

Letters from a (Someday) Editor: 30 Lessons 2012 Taught Me


Did we miss your Best of 2012 blog post? Leave the link in a comment below and we’ll add it!

Monday Notebook, Pen, & Ink Review Round-up

7 Jan

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Life Imitates Doodles: Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook

Comfortable Shoes Studio: Semi Review: 2 Budget Friendly Sketchbooks

East, West, Everywhere: Rhodia Weekly Planner

Quo Vadis Blog: Guest post: Notebook Inspiration

Fountain Pen Quest: Rhodia DotPad Quick Look

Gourmet Pens: Clairefontaine Basics Wirebound Notebook + Pockets

Well Appointed Desk: Paperblanks 2013 Weekly Planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

EdJelley: Lamy Safari – Handwritten Review

Inktronics: Wancher 807 Fountain Pen Review – Handwritten

From the Pen Cup: Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

Economy Pens: Pilot EasyTouch Pro (Medium) Black, Blue, and Red

FPGeeks: Hands-on with the Lamy 2000M stainless steel fountain pen

Ink Reviews

Well Appointed Desk: J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Anniversary Ink

EdJelley: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron – Handwritten Review

Inkdependence: Diamine Ancient Copper

East, West, Everywhere: De Atramentis Magenta Purple

PenInkCillin: Diamine Cerise Ink Review

Link Love: Sandra of Life Imitates Doodles Reviews the Leuchtturm Pocket Notebook

20 Dec

Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook in purple at

The Leuchtturm Pocket Hard Cover Ruled Notebook in purple! (Available at

Sandra (a wonderful artist, zentangler, and notebook aficionado) did a wonderful review on her blog, Life Imitates Doodles, of the Leuchtturm Pocket Ruled Notebook she just won in our Leuchtturm giveaway! (That was quick!)

Read the review on her blog by clicking here!

Sandra was very sweet and said, “I want to thank the European Paper company for a fantastic giveaway and for the chance to try out this wonderful notebook!”

Monday Review Round-up

17 Dec

Notebook/Paper Reviews

These Beautiful Pens: Amalfi Paper

Fine Points: Habana – The Verdict

A Penchant for Paper: Old Art Journals Rediscovered: The Art and Poetry Journal and Quo Vadis Habana Large Notebook

Recording Thoughts: 220 Days With The Leuchtturm Master Dots

Life Imitates Doodles: Quo Vadis Habana Notebook Large #zentangle

EdJelley: Handwritten Review – Whitelines Grid Notebook – A4 Size

Ethereal Voices: Quo Vadis Space 24 Calendar

Pencil Revolution: Field Notes Expedition Edition: Smeary?

Inktronics: Palomino Luxury Notebook Series Review – Hand Written

Rhodia Drive: Orange You Glad You Asked

Pen, Pencil, Paper: Stillman and Birn ZETA Paper

Pens, Paper, Whatever: Moleskine Evernote Squared Smart Notebook

Pen/Pencil Reviews

GoGirlCafe: Lamy Safari 2012 limited edition

Recording Thoughts: Caran d’Ache Fountain Pen

Inktronics: Lamy Accent Hand Written Review

A Penchant for Paper: Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen

FPGeeks: Montegrappa Espressione – The Awesome Review

Palimpsest: Platignum 1930s Fountain Pen

Ink Reviews

EdJelley: New Tattoo, Montblanc 149′s & Sheaffer Peacock Blue and Handwritten Reviews of  Noodler’s Tiananmen Red and Diamine Matador

Archer Rantings: J. Herbin Scented Inks

East, West, Everywhere: Follow up on R&K Verdigris and a little paper experiment

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s Green Marine