Monday, July 13th, 2015

Sign Up Now! The Paper Project Week 20 – G Lalo Coréale Correspondence




The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. There is no limit to how many months you may participate and if chosen, you will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way.

Have you been chosen to receive samples?  We would appreciate if you would please come back and offer any feedback you may have about this month’s products on this page. Comments may be submitted even after we close the post to new participants.

For the month of July we are offering the first 30 participants 2 different color samples of cards/envelopes from the G Lalo Coréale Deckle-Edged Gift Box.

The Coréale set offers 30 cards (250 g) & envelopes in 6 assorted colors in a clear box and makes for a perfect gift. The deckle-edged cards & tissue-lined envelopes come in lagoon, taupe, lilac, fuchsia, ivory and grey. This stationery is manufactured at the Schut Mill in the Netherlands.

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We want to know how this product stands up to your favorite pens and pencils, (or other art or writing supplies you’d like to try with it). You may leave your comments on this page, and we also welcome and encourage you to blog about your experience. Feel free to share these links 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 this corresponding month’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: “…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. … 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,  Week 16Week 17, Week 18, and Week 19

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 “Sign Up Now! The Paper Project Week 20 – G Lalo Coréale Correspondence

  1. Rhodia Paper Project Week 20
    G. Lalo Verge de France laid finish 100g
    This is luxury writing paper – I received two sheets and two envelopes, in blue and vellum. I immediatly used my Waterman fountain pen, and dark blue ink and the paper took it all in its stride, but that’s as you’d expect. With this paper, its the feel, and texture you’re looking at and at once you know this is quality product. It feels rich and heavy for a 100g paper, with a single, central watermark.

  2. So very luxurious. I had lagoon and taupe. The colours are rich the paper feels thick and highly textured. a joy to write on. The envelope is lined, which adds that extra touch of elegance.

  3. Like everybody else I received two G. Lalo Coreale Deckle-Edge Notecards with matching envelopes. I will start by saying that the envelope’s with their glued in white paper liners just ooze of decadent class the as do their matching deckled edge note card made from 250 gram stock paper. Speaking of the paper I addresses my envelopes one with McCaffery’s Penman Black using a Brause Blue Pumpkin with no skips, runs, errors, or feathering and the other with J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink using a m805 with a firehose of a 3OB nib again with no skips, runs, errors, or feathering. The cards I used J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink and J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey ink and if I do say so myself they looked great before I sent them. I also have bitten the bullet and purchased some for use in future thank you notes or thinking about you notes. While they are not super expensive they are not cheap either however I feel they are worth the money charged for them. I also will say without ever receiving theses two cards via “The Paper Project” I probably would not have purchased any of these cards and envelopes.

  4. I’ve been looking for personal cards that would easily handle any fountain pen I felt like using, or convey’d the meaning I wanted. offered this test drive, and I thought this was just perfect timing. The two colors I received were fuchsia and grey.

    First, the colors for the two cards are very rich. To test them, I used three fountain pens each with a different ink.
    Lamy Safari; fine nib; Noodler’s Black
    Sheaffer 100 fountain pen; fine nib; Waterman Serenity Blue
    Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen; fine nib; J. Herbin Bleu Mist

    Each pen really varies in how they define “fine nib.” The Shaeffer is the most fine of the three while the Waterman seems to me more like a medium. All will lay down wet ink.
    I found all three pens wrote very well on the nubby paper. I liked the feel, there was no skipping of the ink. I was a mildly surprised how well the pens and paper worked together.
    Now, the ink. Assuming is fraught with error, and I made the mistake. The J. Herbin Bleu Mist is too washed out looking on the grey card, so I assumed the same result on the fuchsia. Nope, it looked fine. Whether the nib is fine or not didn’t matter to me, the ink color / contrast to the made the difference.
    These are very nice sets to write short notes to people. The colors are so vibrant I would recommend testing various inks and pens on the colored paper you think you will like. You can’t tell by looking at the pictures nor the reviews since all pens and ink are unique.
    Will I actually buy these? Yes, I would. The purpose I envision them for are those quick thank you’s but also for sympathy cards. I’ll need to find the right combination of colors.

  5. I received the cards a few days ago. I received one fuchsia card and one grey card, plus envelopes. The paper is lovely, and the colors are rich. Like the other reviewers, I found the paper almost too nice to write on for the test. As Beth says above, they seem to work best with very wet pens. I tried the cards with several fountain pens, most fine or medium nibs (a Platinum 3776, a Lamy Safari, a Pilot 92) and a rollerball (Lamy Safari rollerball), a couple of gel pens (Pilot BP .07, Pilot Acroball F), and a Schneider fountain pen and a Pelikan M200 with an Italic nib. The pens that worked best were the gel pens, the Pelikan M200, and the Schneider.

    They would work best with dark ink, probably black as it was hard to tell blue from black on the fuchsia and grey cards. It may be different on the lighter colored cards. I think if I had a preference, I would steer away from these colors with respect to the cards if I had a choice. I would choose the cream color or maybe the lilac. They aren’t really card to show off ink; the cards themselves are really the show! But they are a very good show, nice to touch and use. They would be a great gift, especially since they come in an assortment of colors, if I understand correctly. They would make a nice gift for a host or a nice wedding gift (for those thank-you notes).

  6. For Week 20 of the Rhodia Paper Project I received two of the G. Lalo Coreale Deckle-Edge Notecards with matching envelopes to review. The samples I received were pastel gray and pastel blue with envelopes of the same color. The notecards are 3.75 inches tall by 6 inches wide, which provides just enough writing space for a short message. So your correspondents will have the pleasure of receiving something written by hand, unusual nowadays, and you won’t have to write an entire letter, just a short note. The cards themselves are thick and luxurious with 250 gram paper. By comparison the paper from a Rhodia dot Pad is 80 grams. The paper feels handmade with its deckled edges and laid finish with parallel translucent lines giving it a rich texture. The tissue-lined envelopes are made of the same paper and have the same deckled edges. Because of the texture, the paper was quite bumpy to write on with my fountain pens. Wider nibs worked better as they put more ink down. With the finer nibs I sometimes had to go back over what I’d written and fill in a few blank spots. The cards took the ink well once it was down on the paper and I didn’t get any bleeding or feathering. I also tried a few rollerball pens with 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 mm tips and those wrote very smoothly. They were smoother to write with than the fountain pens which let you feel every bump in the paper. But that’s what writing with a fountain pen is all about. A rollerball is like a cushy sedan where you can’t even feel the road and a fountain pen is like a performance vehicle where you’re totally in touch with every aspect of the writing experience. I will be definitely be getting some of these notecards in the near future.

  7. Rhodia Paper Project Week 20
    G. Lalo Coreale Deckled Edge Pastel/Blank – 250g

    I received blue and grey samples.This paper is almost too beautiful to write on. However, it is a pleasure to use. It takes any ink. if you have an embossing tool it is a perfect paper to emboss, deboss, engrave or send to a letterpress shop. I think this is a better way to send thank you note than the cheap notes I have used in the past.

  8. Please see some pictures and writing samples on my blog:

    Rhodia Paper Project Week 20

    G. Lalo Coreale Deckled Edge Pastel/Blank – 250g

    As a part of the Rhodia Drive ongoing Paper Project, I recently received two samples of the G. Lalo Coreale Deckled-Edge cards in Cream, and a light Lavender. In full disclosure, these were provided to me at no cost for the purpose of a review.

    The paper of both the envelope and the cards themselves are very textured. As a result I didn’t think that they would be suitable for fountain pens. Boy was I wrong!

    I used a Delta Dolcevita Medium, with a Medium nib, filled with DeAtramentis Sapphire Blue.
    Although textured, the paper took to the ink very well. There was no feathering to speak of and definitely no bleed through. The lack of bleed through is no surprise on a card stock as heavy as 250g, but the lack of feathering was an extremely pleasant surprise.

    These would be great cards to keep around to use as a thank you card, where you are able to write a personalized message, I could also see these being used as wedding invitations, or invitations for any event.
    Anyone receiving one of these cards for any reason is sure to enjoy the feel of the envelope in their hands.
    The envelopes are lined with a white paper, and the edge of the envelope is embossed with “G. LALO – PARIS” which I thought was a nice touch.

    With the performance these cards offer, I would encourage anyone to consider them as a notecard that would be suitable for any message!

    Thanks for your time!


  9. I am devastated today because somehow I lost (someone helped themselves) to 2 Rhodia R premium blank n16 pads and a reverse book, all brand new last night at my regular coffeehouse. They also managed to snag a Pilot Custom Heritage 92 with Iroshizuku Yama Budo inked in it. I had just spent over an hour writing a letter to a friend in Denmark on blank pages which takes special skill. What gives? At least they will now what true quality paper is like now and will think about how personally violated having something so intimate taken can be after they write their first words on that ivory 90g surface. The beauty is that I now am on my way for replacements at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, CO. A LOVELY independent seller if you are ever in town. As far as these paper drop trial opportunities, they’re genius . Ciao fellow Rhodia crazed writers!

  10. I have some of these in the fuchsia and they are AWESOME with big-nibbed fountain pens. I can use a stub without the corner catching, yet they soak up the wettest of inks to give a nice line. HIGHLY recommend for quick correspondence. The darker colors are still usable with lighter inks because they shift the colors to make gorgeous, readable shades.

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