Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rhodia Paper Project Week 14: Free Samples From 3 Graph Paper Products


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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 14 samples for the Paper Project include
1 6×8″ sheet each from the following graph ruled products: 

Clairefontaine Pastel 90g
Clairefontaine Classic 90g white
Rhodia Classic 80g white

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 9Week 10Week 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!)

8 thoughts on “Rhodia Paper Project Week 14: Free Samples From 3 Graph Paper Products

  1. I used a Derwent Graphik Line Marker .3 for all three test pages. I liked the Clairfontaine 90g paper best. Both the white and pastel. Very smooth writing surface. No bleed through and both worked well for my Zentangle drawings (and my grocery list). The ink did take longer to dry on the 90g than the 80g. I have 2 notebooks of the pastel grid. I like them for when I need a notebook. I liked the 90g Classic for when I need a single sheet. It tears easily and has a clean edge.

  2. Rhodia Classic, Grid, white, violet, 80g.: If you’re familiar with Rhodia paper, this will not deceive you. The 80g is not light enought to see some bleed throught, even after writing with a pretty wet FP as my TWSBI 1.1. Grid’s contrast is good, even with a fine nib, black ink. 3H works fine too, but I’ve noticed some smudge with HB. This is something I regurlarly notice with Rhodia paper. It is so smooth that HB doesn’t hold well. Color paper pen are well render, and the colors pop.

    Clairefontaine Classic, Grid, white, violet, 90g. : Very similar to the paper mentioned above. Same result with FP, 3H, HB and color paper pen. The 10grams you get can be noticed by that opacity the paper is offering when you write on it.

    Clairefontaine Pastel Grid, pastel, violet, 90g.: The “pastel” I received is yellow, and I don’t know if other colors are available. When I first look at that paper, I said to myself “What a ugly color!” It makes me think of a kind of old notebook, like in the 50’s, a typical company notebook, logbook, or so, probably used in accounting dpt. And… it’s obviously a spiral binding. Another bad thing.
    So I wrote with my Blue-black Noodler’s using my TWSBI. Then my Fine nib, Shaeffer Prelude, Black Quinck. Then my Oxblood Diamine and the Plumix. From the first letter, I was amazed by the contrast on the ink with the paper. The TWSBI gets some shading ! The black is very readible as weel. And the Oxblood pops well too. Not so red, of course, but still a nice color. And in fact, I realized that the contrast of that yellow paper is pretty easy on the eyes. This was a good surprise. Easy on the eyes, and easy to read after.
    3h, HB and color paper work fine, too, but the 3H is hard to see. Definitely not the kind of paper to use with pencils.

    So my winner, against all my exceptations, is the Pastel Grid. I’m still not sure if I’ll buy one someday – the color is too… yellow – but definitively I’m happy to have the opportunity to test it. This said, I don’t think the grid works well. Lines, dots maybe, or just plain paper should be my choice.

    Second place, probably the 80grams Rhodia. It works fine for a notepad, and 80g should be less money than the 90g, with is in the same segment according to me : notepads.

    Thanks for having me given the opportunity to test these papers, and really, a good surprise was enclosed!

  3. I am totally sold on Rhodia paper! I received the three grid pages to try out. I am a list maker and that was how I used the three pages. The 90g Clairefontaine Classic Grid white was used to make a to-do list. I used pencil, Bic pen, Pentel .04 Hybrid Technica, and copper Mach 3 Morning Glory .38 to make my to-do list. The paper held up great for each of these writing implements.

    The 80g Rhodia Classic Grid white sheet was used for a grocery list usig pencil, lime green Mach 3 Morning Glory .38 fine point, and the Pentel Hybrid Technica. Again, this paper held up fine. The lime green fine point did not show up well on the white paper. I thought the pencil worked better on the Rhodia classic 80g than on the Clairfontaine classic 90g white……seemed to smudge just a bit on the Clairfontaine.

    My favorite was the Clairefontaine Pastel Grid 90g. I liked the subtle color and my favorite blue black Mach 3 Morning Glory .38 looks great on it. The only fault that I had with this sheet of paper is the “spiral notebook” edge.

    I would definitely recommend all these of these papers. I really like using the grid paper for list making as I can use the grid boxes to check off items that have been completed or even for an asterisk to reference an additional note or comment about a list item that is written further down the page.

    Thanks Rhodia for the opportunity to try these products!

  4. I was lucky to be chosen to review the three sheets of graph paper. Quite timely for me to test paper – I’ve recently decided that journaling via fountain pen is an activity I want to pursue. I don’t know enough about paper types so testing these papers was helpful.

    I wrote on both sides of the sheets the same phrase, with two different pens and inks. One is my 12 year old Waterman pen (I don’t recall the name of it, just a good basic $35 pen) using J. Herbin Perle Noir black ink. The other is a Waterman Hemisphere Stainless Steel GT, fine point, with blue Waterman Serenity ink.

    All paper did equally well not bleeding to the other side. Sure, the 80g kind of showed the writing on the other side more than the 90g – when held up to light – but who does that?.

    Feel of the paper; yes, I prefer the 90g due to its heavier weight and very smooth surface compared to the 80g. But, if the price is lower for the lighter weight I would buy it.

    Writing experience; for notes, I liked all of them. For journal writing I prefer the 90g. The smoother surface and heavier weight is preferred. Again, the 80g is just fine for notes.

    Paper and grid color; the violet line color was pleasant to me. In a way a nice change from black. The pastel paper color was not one I would choose. In fact, I don’t see the point of a colored paper, thought there must be some reason.

    In summation, all three papers are good. If you are writing journals the heavier weight is preferred. Notes will do just fine on the 80g paper.

    I can’t comment on the graphing grids since I can’t even draw “stick-people” so the grids serve no purpose to me.

    Thank you for this opportunity to try various papers.

  5. Here is my review of the Week 14 paper project! Top for me:
    Rhodia Classic Grid, White, Violet 80g: Solid with an 0.5 and 0.3 mechanical pencil, great with a my Signo 0.38, smooth with Lamy, Skilcraft, and Pilot pens of F and M nib quality. No show through or bleed through (I did test a Sharpie, there was bleed through but not enough to leak onto another page). Excellent paper with nice grid, easy to read what is written. I would/will use it.
    2nd place: Clairefontaine Classic grid, white, violet, 90g. A little scratchy for gel ink (Signo 0.38), did not handle mechanical pencil as well (not dark enough for me), but handled fountain pen ink like a trooper and with smooth disposition.
    3rd place: Clairefontaine Pastel grid: Decent with pencil, a little scratchy with the Signo. Was not as impressed with smoothness with Skilcraft fine (Iridium nib) although Oxblood is strong. Pilot Metro and Prera did do well, however. Decent paper, but the violet color would not be for me, but would be decent stationary sans the grid.
    All the papers are solid for fountain pen users. I wish I had brought my Sharpie home to test the Clairefontaine paper.
    Thank you for the opportunity and I hope to do it again. I would endorse the grid white but for me, the pastel would not work.

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