Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Tuesday Talk Back: Light or dark dots? Feedback on new Clairefontane dotGraf-it pads

Stephanie

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I was really excited about the Clairefontaine dot ruled Graf It pads because it’s a really nice light grained drawing paper and after blank, dots are my preferred ruling.

When I received the sample from Karen, I was a bit disappointed because the light violet dots didn’t play well with my eyes. My first impression was that there were inconsistencies in the printing, with some dots appearing to be lighter than others. In a side by side comparison, the grey dots in the Rhodia dotPads look dark by comparison. (That’s the Rhodia on the left and two Graf It’s in the middle and on the right.)

Graf It Dot

Since this is a drawing pad, I decided to show this paper to a number of my artist friends. What I saw as potentially bothersome, they viewed as a positive attribute. They all wanted the dots to recede from their field of vision while drawing. They wanted them to be gentle guides and as non-obtrusive as possible.

Have you tried these yet? If so, what do you think? Do you like the lighter violet dots or the slightly darker great ones?

Below, sculptor Virginia Abbott poses with a quick sketch that she created on the Clairefontaine dot Graf It pad.

Virginia Abbott with Clairefontaine dot GrafIt 

Graph It Dot Grid stapled pads: 80 sheets of white drawing 90g PEFC paper with pre-printed lilac light dots. The light geometric dot matrix is used as a skillful guide for your sketches, technical drawings or note taking. This subtle matrix will become almost invisible at scan, or on photocopy to reveal only your sketch.

Dot Grid
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5


2 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk Back: Light or dark dots? Feedback on new Clairefontane dotGraf-it pads

  1. I prefer the lighter gray dot grid, but would love to see either return in a Reverse Book again.

    The current grid is just too dark for finer pens and pencil to show up, which kills it’s purpose as a process mapping tool for me.

  2. I love the lighter dots. They are less obtrusive, though they don’t really vanish when scanned (disclaimer, I want to see them and I often draw in a blue/violet that is similar to the dot colour, and thus when scanned, software always wants to make them so much more visible ;). My only complaint with the graf-it pads is that they sometimes don’t like fountain pen ink (My pads occasionally have patchy spots where it refuses to absorb). They are really great, though with pencil or wax pencil “leads.”

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