Monday, December 15th, 2014

Week 9 of the Paper Project: Free Samples of BIG Rhodia Paper!


Rhodia No. 38

The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Each Monday, we will be offering samples from 1-4 Exaclair products to the first 50 people who sign up within that week. There is no limit to how many weeks you can sign up, and each week’s participants will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way. 


(The Paper Project is on holiday the weeks of December 22nd & 29th)

Week 9 samples for the Paper Project include 2 sheets of Rhodia paper from the No. 38 pad – one with graph ruling, the other with dot ruling. 

The No. 38 Rhodia is 16 ½ x 12 ½ ” (A3+ 420 X 318 ) and features the following:

• 80 g acid-free, pH neutral paper
• Extra white paper, exceptionally smooth satin finish
• Pale violet lines, pale violet dots with 5mm interval
• Microperforated on top for easy and clean removal
• Reinforced staples for extra strength
• Cover is scored to neatly fold back – Top bound
• Stiff back cover makes writing or sketching easy and portable • 80 sheets

The No. 38 is available in graph ruling with an orange cover, and dot ruling with a black cover.

If you have been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also 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?

  • How would you use this BIG paper? 
  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • 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 Week 6 at bjw-draw

“My favorite paper this week was the french rule. I could not resist using the grid to create a drawing. It is a back ground and it is a map to a drawing. The blue of the ball point pen complemented the blue of the french rule. If you like graph paper this should be on your must try list.”

Rhodia Paper Project: Weeks 1-5 at Clickthing

On the No.8 offered in week 5: “If you don’t have a ruler handy, think “bookmark size” or “shopping list size.” I own a gridded variant of this, and I use it for both purposes. It’s just wide enough to get a decent list written down, and plenty long for use as a notes/bookmark. Consider using one to keep characters straight in your next Russian novel.”

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive  at K.C. Dockal: Scribbling by the Bayou

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment section of the Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5, and Week 6 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!)

8 thoughts on “Week 9 of the Paper Project: Free Samples of BIG Rhodia Paper!

  1. I finally got a chance to look at these (read: found my samples buried in my desk). For some reason, I recalled them being smaller but Wow! Love these big sheets. Now all I have to do is use up the large sheets I have from (other) that aren’t nearly as nice and have a margin with calendar, etc. (hmmm. Sell them?) and I’ll have an excuse to buy the Rhodia tablets. I love both the graph and the dot. I don’t care for using the dot to write on (such as letters) but for mind-mapping they would be great. I’m turning over the graph to the MoTH to use to lay out our new house furnishings. Much as I like my (other) planning pads, the complete freedom of a blank, but ruled, pad is just too enticing.

  2. I’ve been waiting to write my full review of this paper because I hoped to acquire full notebooks of it before now. Well, it helps to actually place the order! (Which I did this morning.)

    I love 3×5 index cards, A5 notebooks, and to the surprise of those that know me large sheets to plan with.

    I found the two sample sheets great to work with, the paper is a delight to write on with all my pens. I see benefits to both layouts and it was difficult to choose one to purchase.

    As I had both formats to work with, I chose to organize my annual plans/goals on the dot grid and my 2015 Q1 needs on the graph. I just ordered a dot grid notebook and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I’ll hopefully post a full review soon.

    Thank you for introducing me to this notepad. I’d been using sketch pads which are okay, but this is much better for how I work.

  3. These two samples are paper heaven! I do not have my blog post ready as it will take me some time to finish these two drawings on this large paper. These are my favorite papers and it was a joy to open the envelope and discover these pages. I was unaware that I could get these papers in this size, which is as big as I like to work. Please check back for a link to my blog when I have the drawings done:)

  4. While this is larger paper than I would use, it is still the quality I would expect. Bright white and little bleedthrough even with a broad Sharpie.It would good for layouts or sketching. The surface makes writing a pleasure.

  5. Just received the samples. Tested them with newly acquired Kaweco Skyline EF loaded with Herbin Perle Noire. The paper is truly amazing but my preference is the dotted version. I always consideres that the lines on the grid version of Rhodia paper were too visible. Would like to see a grid version with faint gray grid like on the Ice series.

  6. Just received my Rhodia No.38 paper! The size of this paper is the first thing I like about it. Being a progrmammer, I find myself jotting down all sorts of seemingly random notes and sketches. This paper has enough room on it to fit anything I could want! The texture of the paper is simply amazing, writing on it (I used a Pilot Precise V5 RT, Black) felt like there was no paper at all. I would compare it to writing on air. I personally prefer the grid ruled sheets over the dot ruled, as I find the structure of the grid helps when sketching a program screen out. Overall, the size, weight, and texture of this paper make for quite an amazing writing experience!

  7. I didn’t even wait for the sample. Hit Amazon for a dot version and dove in. These are PERFECT for plotting novels and mind mapping as I have lots of space to work and can use my beloved pens without worrying the ink will bleed through.

    I was using sketch pads with 6B pencils. Now I use the dot version with both pencils and fountain pens and it (pun alert) keeps me straight.

    Wish I’d known about these before this year. The perfect tool for writers. Thank you!

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