Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Paper Project Week 1: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Rhodia Products



We have started The Paper Project as a way to allow 30 people each week to receive paper samples from products across the various Exaclair brands. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 30 people on a first come, first served basis. The paper will be mailed once we reach 30 participants and recipients will be notified via e-mail.


Week 1 samples will include 1 sheet each of these 3 6×8″ Rhodia graph ruled products:

  • Rhodia Ice: white/grey/graph
  • Rhodia 80th Anniversary ivory/grey/graph
  • Rhodia Classic white/blue/graph

If you have been chosen to receive samples in any given week, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.  Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page. 

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • – and anything else you think we should know.

20 thoughts on “The Paper Project Week 1: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Rhodia Products

  1. These samples have been my first experience with Rhodia papers. I now understand why it gets rave reviews. My favorite of the three would have to be the 80th Ivory/Grey graph. The paper I have been buying is an off-white, but I love the appearance of the ink on the ivory paper. My second favorite would have to be the Rhodia Ice, it edges out the Clairefontaine Classic only because of the prominent grid lines on the Clairefontaine. I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of graph paper for general writing, but either of the Rhodia sheets tested would be workable.

  2. Like some of the others, I was surprised that I liked the ivory as much as I did. The color added some warmth. That said, I still prefer classic out of the bunch. The Ice was a distant third.

  3. I received my samples and I tested them all with 4 different pens and inks and with pencils.
    The paper of all three samples performed very well.
    I really love Ivory paper, my absolute favourite in the lot. It enhances fountain pen ink colours.
    I noticed no bleed with the different inks and pens.
    I like the smooth sensation this paper gives under the nib of fountain pens and the fine nibs of technical pens
    Also, Rhodia thin lines are wonderful if you use pencils, as they are not confusing with what you write/draw.
    Summing up, three great performers, but my vote is for the ivory paper!
    Thank you for letting me try these papers!

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed sampling the Rhodia/Clairefontaine sample pack papers. On all papers, I used pencil, brush pens, graphic pens and fountain pens. I usually choose white paper for designs and lettering so I tried the Rhodia Ice first. I used pencil, which worked great, then I inked a few drawings with Zig Pigma Micron pens. The paper performed beautifully with no feathering or bleed through. Next, I used a few colors from my Stabilo point 88 set to draw and ink a monogram with vine. This is one of the best uses for grid paper in my opinion, and the result was very nice. The ink laid down smoothly with no feathering, but there was a little bleed through and shadowing on the back. That’s not a problem for me because I like to use only one side for designs like this.

    I moved onto the Rhodia No. 80 and right away noticed that it felt much smoother than the Ice. I used the same tools but also added both the Zig Pigma Brush Pen and the Kuretake Sumi Brush Pen for more lettering. I experienced a little bleed through with heavy lettering using the graphic pens and my Pilot Varsity fountain pen, but absolutely no feathering. My favorite use for this paper was drawing and lettering with pencil, but writing with both medium and fine nib Lamy fountain pens was a joy too. I really love this paper and will buy this in the future.

    Lastly, I used the Clairefontaine Classic with a variety of liner pens, brush pens and fountain pens. I really like the weight and smoothness of this paper and it held up well to the Zig Cocoiro Letter pen, Kuretake Sumi brush pen, Staedtler Liner pen, and Lamy Safari and Al Star fountain pens. There was some bleed through with the Noodlers Ahab Flex Nib fountain pen and more with the Pilot Varsity fountain pen. The Varsity also feathered on this paper too. This is beautiful paper for letter design and practice but I probably would not use it with pens that have heavier ink flow.

    After using all three papers, which I greatly enjoyed, I have to say that I liked using the Rhodia 80 the best. Thank you for the samples and the opportunity to try such great paper.

  5. I attempted to use my most difficult writing instruments on these samples of paper, but the only thing I got to show through the other side is my Sharpie UltraFine in Slate Grey. I am including a link to my Flickr account so you can see the pens and pencils I have used. I tried to be as varied as I can with my writing instruments because I also enjoy drawing… although being a chemist I sometimes think if they opened up my head they would find two left brains…

  6. I really enjoyed trying out this week’s papers! I used every media at my disposal on each of the papers, to include pencil, marker, various drawing pens, fountain pens from extra fine to vintage flex, and even a light ink wash. I’ve only ever used the Clairefontaine Classic before, and although it’s great paper, I was very impressed with the Rhodia 80th and Ice!

    All three papers have a lovely, smooth finish. The Clairefontaine Classic felt smoothest to the touch, so I expected it to perform the best. However, it’s more absorbent than the other papers, so I had significant feathering and bleedthrough with most inks and wasn’t able to achieve the superfine hairlines with a pointed dip pen that I got with the Ice and 80th papers.

    I’m actually very impressed with the Rhodia 80th! I like the grey lines, and although I prefer a lighter ivory paper, warm-toned inks look great on this one! The Ice also performed well, with minimal feathering, even with my wettest flex nib.

    All the papers worked beautifully with pencil, gel pen, Pitt pens, and even light ink washes. Although Copic markers bled through all the papers, they blended nicely.

    Thank you for the opportunity to try these papers; I’m looking forward to next week!

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