Monday, January 19th, 2015

Week 12 of The Paper Project: Free Samples of Blank Papers!


Exacompta FAF Pad, Clairefontaine Triomphe and Graf it Pads
Exacompta FAF Pad, Clairefontaine Triomphe and Graf it Pads


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. 

Week 12 samples for the Paper Project include: 1 blank sheet from each of the 6×8″ Clairefontaine Graf it and Triomphe pads, and 1 blank sheet from the the 4 1⁄4 x 7 1⁄4″ Exacompta FAF pad

How do these papers compare for your every day needs? We can’t wait to hear!

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?

  • 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.”

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 sections of posts from Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 and Week 9

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!)

5 thoughts on “Week 12 of The Paper Project: Free Samples of Blank Papers!

  1. I loved the two Clairfontaine papers. The Triomphe paper was beautifully pure white and smooth as glass. I plan on using Triomphe for all of my correspondence going forward. The GraF it was a bit toothier and felt durable and dependable. I got the feeling it would happily handle whatever I through at it.

    I enjoyed the Excompta FAF paper too. However, it was thin and while it handled multiple pens and inks it’s thinness made me constantly check that I wasn’t bleeding through. I got a little show through, but overall it surprised me with how well it handled based on how flimsy it feels. For a desktop pad though I think it would be pretty good for taking phone notes, etc. For more common use I think the thin feel to it would make me to nervous, though.

    Overall, I will be buying plenty of Triomphe, I may pick up a GraF it pad and I’d be happy to own a Excompta FAF Pad too.

  2. I love the feel of both the Clairefontaine papers, the weight is really nice, it feels silky to my hand and when I wrote on it. Lovely! The Exacompta paper, being a lighter weight felt a bit flimsy for my taste.

    I tested with a Flair felt tip pen, a Uniball Signo micro and a 207, a Sharpie pen, medium point and a regular pencil. First off, I loved the way my rollerball pens seemed to glide across these papers. My felt tip pen and the Sharpie pen had a bit of grab, so not as smooth.

    I did however appreciate that there is very little ghosting with all of the pens I tested. This is fabulous if you are a journaler that likes to write on both sides of the paper.

  3. I received samples of the Excompta FAF Pad, the Clairefontaine Triomphe, and the Triomphe Graf it…blank.

    I’ve never tried to review paper before, so won’t say too much here except that I love the feel of the two samples of Triomphe. Both of them feel like they would be strong enough to do any kind of mixed media color work…acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils, whatever.The Graf it feels just a wee bit rougher than the other Triomphe, but even so, it’s basically smooth. My favorite of the three, tho, is the smaller and thinner FAF Pad. It is also very smooth, and would be great to have on my desk on its holder. Easy pages to write on and then tear off to keep with me, such as grocery lists.

    Thank you for allowing me to be able to try some of the Rhodia products.

  4. I have already tried (and blogged about) the GrafIt and Triomphe, both of which I love, so I won’t sign up. I’ve been dying to try the FAF ever since I saw it in a Levenger catalog. Look forward to reading comments about it.

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