Most of you may know what a “Big Love” I have for paper- though I am not married to a specific brand. To me, there really isn’t a single product which meets all of my art and writing needs. What about you?
First and foremost, I need a primary journal for writing. (Though I still occasionally make art in it.) It must be hard bound with off white paper, blank pages and be fountain pen friendly. After trying many different brands, the Rhodia Webbie best fulfills those needs. For some of my other writing needs, I used a disc bound Myndology book, a Clairefontaine Claring, and a Rhodia 4 Color book while working on my friend Jim Donovan’s inspirational memoir, “Serving the Groove.” The disc bound books were for keeping track of what needed to be done and the 4 Color was used for longhand re-writes with a fountain pen. (My preferred method.)
To satisfy my artistic needs, I need a variety of sizes, papers, and surfaces. That’s what you are seeing in the picture above. These are all “in action” books, as I was getting ready to take pictures of my art. Many different brands and products are represented here, including Clairefontaine, (sketch pads & acrylic paper) Canson, (sketchpad and acrylic paper) Fabriano (mixed media book) Strathmore (watercolor books) PaperBlanks (blank journal used for mixed media) and Pentalic (mixed media book.) I wonder sometimes what I would do if I had to (Gasp, NOOOO! Don’t even think it!) PICK JUST ONE.
While we really appreciate if you only utilize the Exaclair brands, we know that many of you are just like me and use a variety of products to suit your needs. Our goal is for each person who uses a variety of brands other than Rhodia, to give us a try and add us to their mix. We aren’t looking for world domination. (Yet.)
As I sit writing this at about 11pm on Sunday night, you will have to please excuse me while I now go and watch the series finale of the HBO series that inspired this posting.