Monday, November 3rd, 2014

UPDATE: The Paper Project Week 3: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Rhodia Papers



The Paper Project is our way to offer a variety of Exaclair paper samples to 50 people each week. Every Monday, we will be offering paper samples from 1-4 products to 50 people on a first come, first served basis. (There is no limit to how many weeks you can participate!) Samples will be mailed once we reach 50 participants with recipients being notified via e-mail.


EEK! I inadvertently noted the incorrect products for this weeks samples: 

Week 3 samples will include sheets from the : 5×8 Webnotepad Lined, (same as Webbie paper) 6×8 Lined R, 6×8 Lined Rhodia 80g

Week 3 samples will include 1 sheet each from the 5×8″ lined, blank and dot ruled Webnotepad. This is the same paper found in our much loved Webbies. (Webnotebooks) 

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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.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Paper Project Week 1 at Nerd Uprising

re: Rhodia Ice “I love that the grey graph is dark enough to guide my lines but not so pronounced as to distract from the words themselves.”

Week #1 sampling group for The Paper Project at bjw-draw

“maybe the best paper I have ever used for ink drawings. It accepts all the types of ink I depend on in my work.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 and Week 2 posts. 

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post  to receive samples. Thank you!) 


15 thoughts on “UPDATE: The Paper Project Week 3: Your Chance to Sample 3 Different Rhodia Papers

  1. Oh I like the gray lines of R by Rhodia. I also like the violet but the gray is a little more subdue in color which I prefer but I prefer the white background instead of ivory. I also prefer the narrower ruling but I don’t mind the size of the regular ruling either. Still it’s quality paper and all comes down to your preference.

    Great for my Fountain pen ink, every day pen, and pencil use for writing and doodling. I’d definitely use it for writing, sketching, or whatever strike my imagination that I need to write down.

  2. I got the three samples and, after testing them with several pens and inks, I can say that in my opinion, the best paper for the different types of uses and pens is R by Rhodia. A wonderful colour of the paper, the right space of ruling, no bleeds.

    Rhodia webnotepad has a different, narrower format, which I like less than the other, but the quality of the paper is really similar to R one.

    Classic Rhodia is the only one paper of the three on which the ink takes a little more to dry, causing occasional smudging if writing quickly.

  3. Thanks again to Rhodia Drive for providing the great paper samples. Echoing the main topic of this week, I’d try to pool my comments around two things: fountain pen writing and ruling. For each sheet I used two pens: Lamy Safari (Fine nib) inked with J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis, and Sailor Clear Candy (Medium Fine nib) inked with J. Herbin Gris Nuage.

    – Fountain Pen Writing

    All the samples are very suitable for writing with fountain pens, as I would expect from Exaclair products. Among the three, my preference is: Webnotepad > R by Rhodia > (Classic) Rhodia.

    I especially like the webnotepad. The ink writes evenly and dries fast. I wrote in both English letters and Chinese characters, and really liked how they look on it. The ivory color could be lighter but looks fine. R by Rhodia is very similar to the webnotepad in terms of writing experience. There is some minor feathering on the sheet of Classic Rhodia, which I find a bit strange, as the same pens don’t feather on my No. 12 pads.

    – Ruling and more

    Regarding ruling and layout in general, I like R by Rhodia more, and the other two similarly. Each sheet has something I prefer over the others. For the width of the rules, I like it narrow as in R and Classic. The webnotepad has cleaner lines, while the lines on the other two feather a little. The violet lines on Classic look pretty, but I somehow dislike the pink vertical margin, which reminds me of college courses.

    The webnotepad is narrower than the other two (by 1 inch, say), and has some blank area to the left of pad. Factoring the wider ruling, each page of webnotepad accommodates less contents than the other two. It is also not microperforated as the others do. I would image that the webnotepad may be suitable for different purposes compared to R/Classic.

  4. Rhoda Paper Project Week 3

    Rhodia Webnotepad
    Ivory/grey/lined 90g

    The paper took all of my fountain, ballpoint and gel pens and pencils without show through or bleed through and no feathering. I liked the way my fountain pens with medium and stub nibs glided across the paper, but my fine point fountain pens were not as smooth. I would use this paper to write with my wider nibs as I could use both sides of the paper. Pens that worked well with this paper included my Monteverde Color Fusion with 1.1 mm stub, my Lamy 2000 with medium nib, my Sailor 1911m with medium nib, my Waterman L’Etalon with a cursive italic, my Pilot Vanishing Point with medium nib, and my Pilot Metropolitans with medium nib. My Pelikans didn’t seem to like this picture as much as my other pens. The writing wasn’t as smooth. Inks used included Aurora Blue, Waterman Florida Blue, Pilot Blue, Pilot Purple, Pilot Blue-Black, Diamine Oxblood, Diamine Sherwood Forest, J. Herbin Lie de The and Montblanc Royal Blue. My Retro 51 Pencil .9 mm didn’t write very darkly on this paper. All of my ballpoints refills did well including a Parker Gel, Itoya gel, and Monteverde softroll. I also tried some .38 mm gel pens including the Pilot Juice, which didn’t write as smoothly as I would like. As for the ruling, I like the ruling of my paper to be narrower than it is on the Webnotepad.

    Classic Rhodia
    White/Violet/Lined 80g

    This paper felt smoother than the Rhodia Webnotepad for all of my pens. There was no bleeding or show through and no feathering. The Pelikan fine points went smoothly across the page. The pencil looked better on this paper writing a darker line. All the ballpoint refills did well. Even the Pilot Juice pens with were able to write on this paper. They’re so fine they had trouble with the other paper. I would choose this over the Webnotepad because it works with more of my pens and pencils. I like the narrow ruling and the white paper, although the margin line is too far to the right for me. A lot of the page would be wasted using it, although the space to the left of the margin could be used for side notes. I’m not a fan of annotation ruling though. Overall this would be a great paper for everyday use with all of my writing tools.

    R by Rhodia

    This paper took all my pens and pencils well. There was no bleed though or show though and no feathering. The fountain pens felt very smooth writing on it, even the fine points. The pencil made a dark line. The very fine Pilot Juice was able to write on this paper as well. I like the ruling and the cream color. I would choose this paper over the webnotepad. For everyday use I would choose the Classic Rhodia. But this Rhodia by R works so well with my fountain pens. I would prefer this premium priced paper over the other two for fountain pens. I would choose to have both the Classic Rhodia and the R by Rhodia on hand for my writing needs.

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