Monday, April 13th, 2015

The Paper Project Week 17: Artist Alert! Sign Up For FREE Samples Of Clairefontaine Sketch Papers


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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 17 samples for the Paper Project includes 1 blank 90g 6×8″ sheet each from 3 different Clairefontaine sketch pads: 

Clairefontaine Crok’ Book Sketch Notebooks
Clairefontaine Trophee Sketchpad
Clairefontaine GraF it Sketch Pads

Which will be your favorite, and why? 

We want to know how this product stands up to your favorite pens, pencils, paints, and any other art or writing supplies you’d like to try with it- 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 your favorite writing/art supplies 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?

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 Tony Thomas on the Week 13 offering: 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!’

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.”

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 11Week 12 , Week 13Week 14 Week 15 and Week 16

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!)

11 thoughts on “The Paper Project Week 17: Artist Alert! Sign Up For FREE Samples Of Clairefontaine Sketch Papers

  1. Of the three sample pages of paper I received for testing, my favorite is the Clairefontaine Crok’ 90 g paper. I love the 90 g paper as I only get bleed through when I absolutely try my hardest. Even my heapo-cheapo Shaffer fountain pen, which puddles badly does not bleed through the 90 g paper. I also like the size of the Clairefontaine Crok’ paper as it is about the right size to fit in my bags without taking up too much space.

    I ordered a new Lamy Vista fountain pen from Jet Pens – my first new fountain pen purchase in over 20 years. I cannot wait for the Lamy to get here so that I can test it on all of these new pages of paper I have. I tend to write in three colors only – blue, red and green.

    I am excited to try my hand at some of the vibrant colors available in bottled ink. I only have blue ink cartridges for my Shaffer fountain pen. I am tempted to refill some of the emptied cartridges with a syringe so that I can try other colors on the 90 g Clairefontaine Crok’ paper and other Rhodia products. It is difficult, at best, to get any real contrast when only using a handful of cheap gel pens, some old roller pens and a cheap fountain pen in one color only.

    As a freelance editor, corrections in manuscripts are done in red. Green and blue ink are for note taking and tracking changes, before such a thing was available on a ‘puter. Even with the use of computer, I still prefer taking notes by hand when working on a m/s (editor shorthand for manuscript) as it helps me cementing in my brain the characters, plot lines, and story.

    Good paper and good pens are a necessity for an editor. It is no wonder that editors tend to have paper and pen fetishes since we work with them so much. Using pen or paper that you hate leads quickly to frustration.

    I usually prefer college ruled paper, but lately have been using a Rhodia A5 dot grid Webbie and love it. I would say that my only complaint with the Clairefontaine Crok’ paper is that it was not lined. Others, with a more graphic bent, might appreciate the blank paper, but for my uses, I prefer some lines at least. Thankfully, judicious use of a ruler and some light pencil lines with very hard lead kept me mostly on track, so that I could get the most writing on the paper.

  2. My last review is of the GraFit Sketch Pads, 90g Blank White Paper.

    What a really great paper. The week 17 paper samples really make me reconsider my paper favorites.

    I always shied away from a toothy paper but these three samples have showed me that a toothy textured paper are nothing to be afraid of. Though a finer nibbed fountain pen may have difficulty writing on them, there is a TON of enjoyment to be had from a medium or broad nib.

    I must even say that the finest nib from the Parker Vacumatic “51” was not unpleasant just very toothy, and the paper did not let me forget how fine the nib was, or how textured the paper was. Still, it was an excellent experience.

    I would recommend any of these papers. If you would like to see my review of this final paper, please see my blog at the link,

    I hope you all enjoy the balance of your weekend! Thank you, as always for your time!


  3. Thanks for asking. They arrived in the afternoon mail and I hope to try some pencil and ink on them this weekend. I already like the touch/feel of them. Best.

  4. Hi Frank – I’m checking on it for you – seeing if the samples have been sent out yet. Karen usually sends out an e-mail that the samples are on their way…

  5. I put my name in to participate in the discussion but never received samples. Is it too late?

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