Monday, February 16th, 2015

Week 13 of The Paper Project: Free Samples from the Rhodia Mouse Pad!


The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Every other 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 their samples are on their way. 

Week 13 samples for the Paper Project:
2 sheets from the Rhodia Mouse Pad!

We want to know how this product stands up to your favorite pens, pencils, etc.- so if you’ve been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on this corresponding week’s page. We also encourage you to blog about your experience, and/or share links about this project to your favorite social media sites.

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 12 at bjw-draw “This week I discovered an irresistible combo from Rhodia and JetPens. Clairefontaine GraF it 90g paper and the Rook pen. This is a little stubby fountain pen, fine point.It has survived rolling around in my pocket. It is the perfect match for this paper that has just a little bit of tooth to hold the nib but still allow for the smooth line.”

From Jeff Dickerson on Week 10 offerings: “Another batch of great samples. All 90g and absolutely no bleed through with fountain pen ink. All three had great surfaces and my fountain pen grabbed well and dried quickly. The ivory with gray lines is a beautiful color and my black ink stands out on it. Ink dried in 30 seconds but if blotted it dried immediately.”

From Aisazia on Week 3 offerings: “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.”

You can also check out all the reviews that people are posting in the comment sections of posts from Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, and Week 12.

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!)

10 thoughts on “Week 13 of The Paper Project: Free Samples from the Rhodia Mouse Pad!

  1. I enjoyed how smooth the paper was. Dry time seemed to be very fast with the Signo DX 0.38 that I used on it. The pen also responded well when drawing lines quickly and slowly. Usually when drawing lines very quickly the ink will pull away from the middle leaving a sort of gap where the paper shows through: this means that the ink will look less vibrant and the overall look of the line will be poor quality; this did not occur when using the mousepad paper. It was nice to write on and I would definitely consider using it it for both scratch and as an actual mousepad as the size was large enough to accommodate a mouse.

    My only complaint is that the violet lines with the grid style paper can be quite distracting as more paper area is covered with lines. It was still easy to see what I wrote, but the overall feel was that they were somewhat distracting from the paper and what was written on it.

    Overall very nice paper, which was to be expected, and a very clever idea for combining another product to reduce desk space usage!

  2. I found the Rhodia mousepad to be exceptional in every way I could test it. I used it with multiple pens, pencils and inks. I’ve listed these below.

    * Mechanical Pencil – HB
    * Wooden Pencil – 4H
    * Wooden Pencil – 3B
    * Parker Frontier Fountain Pen (F)
    * Parker Reflex Fountain Pen (M)
    * Noodler’s Nib Creaper Flex
    * TWSBI 580 Diamond (F)
    * Montblanc Meisterstück Ballpoint
    * Sheaffer Ballpoint
    * Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain Pen
    * Parker Jotter
    * Dip Pen

    * Noodler’s Bernanke Black
    * Noodler’s X-Feather
    * Pelikan Turquoise
    * Parker Quink Blue
    * Noodler’s Purple Martin
    * Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku

    First, how did it function as a mousepad? Quite well, from my limited testing (I only had the two sheets) the grid on the paper allowed my optical mouse to track well, with no skipping or jumping of the cursor.

    The paper is smooth and has very little tooth, making writing on it a very pleasant experience. Especially with pencils and fountain pens. The pencils wrote beautifully and smoothly and erased very well. The 3B was the only one that left behind any significant ghosting when erasing.

    The paper does’t have as much gloss as some other Rhoda paper, which was nice in the glaring light of my office. And since it’s a mousepad it feels like there are acres of room to write. My one complaint is the URL placement in the bottom center of the pad. I wish it had been placed in the orange band across the top it would have created even more useable space. A minor nitpick at best, as I said there is **tons** of room to write.

    Of all the pens and ink combinations, there was only one combination that had any bleed through, or show through, for that matter. That was Noodler’s Bernanke Black (which is known for feathering and bleed through) in a dip pen at full flex. Even then the feathering was minimal. No other ink came close to bleed through or show through.

    I don’t use a mousepad normally, but the quality of this tempts me sorely.

  3. I decided to participate again in Rhodia Drive’s Paper Project. The project allows you to test free samples of their most popular products. Up this week (13) is their “Clic Block” mouse pad paper.

    According to the Rhodia web site, this product has a non-skid backing, iconic grid (5×5), 80g paper and a smooth surface for mouse and pen.

    First, I tried it as a mouse pad. Works great. Next, as a writing pad. Although the grid lines are darker than I would like (I prefer the faint violet lines), it performed flawlessly for writing using a variety of fountain pens and inks. No bleed through and very faint show through. I also tried it with pencil and was very impressed with its smoothness.

    Another great product from Rhodia and highly recommended!

    Complete review here:

  4. This may be my favorite sample yet. I tried pencil, roller ball and two fountain pens with red and black ink. Absolutely no bleed-through. I took the pad to work and replaced my mouse-pad with the Rhodia pad. My mouse worked flawlessly AND it provides a surface to take note and sketch while on calls and on-line meetings.. This paper has a great surface. The only problem is I don’t have a whole pad so I will order one soon.

  5. I have tried out the Rhodia Mouse Pad paper. I tried a variety of writing implements (Sharpie Pen-fine point, Stylist fine point, 7mm Bic mechanical pencil, number 2 lead pencil, Sheaffer fountain pen, and quite a few more). I love the feel of the paper and most of the writing samples did NOT bleed through with the exception of a Uni Pi:s and a Pilot Precise extra fine pen. I used a Zebra Optex purple highlighter and I was pleasantly surprised that it did not bleed through to the reverse side.

    While I mostly use an iPad, I have little or no need for using the Rhodia Mouse Pad in its “normal” function. However, I like the feel of the paper and am very impressed with the appearance of the front and back sides after trying out my sample writings. I would use the Mouse Pad paper for taking notes, making lists, and even for writing correspondence. I think it is high quality. Another great Rhodia product.

    This was my first Rhodia paper sample. Great idea in sending it out for consumers to use and post reviews. Thanks Rhodia.

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