Today’s Rhodia Fan Profile is with Eloise Bacher
RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Eloise: I am an artist and nature nerd based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I work exclusively with traditional media, so the quality of my paper, notebooks, and drawing utensils is very important to me. I blog at Wrenegade Studio.
RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?
Eloise: I discovered Rhodia products through reviews on the Notebook Stories blog. Every review was positive, and in every comparison with similar products Rhodia just seemed to have an edge. Hearing all the hype about the paper and then using it for the first time and having it exceed expectations was pretty dreamy.
RD: Does using Rhodia products in any way make your job easier? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)
Eloise: Using quality tools makes all the difference. I get distracted if I’m using low quality paper, or a pen/paper combination that just doesn’t work, and it becomes very restrictive. Having good quality tools means I can just focus on my drawing (or writing my grocery list). Having quality materials also makes me much more likely to use them on a regular basis.
RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?
Eloise: The pocket size blank Webnotebook is nearest and dearest to my heart because it’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to the perfect notebook (for me). It goes everywhere with me and is used daily. The product that surprised me with how much I liked it was the 6×8 notepad. It’s larger than I usually work in a notebook, and I don’t always like notepads, but it turned out to be perfect for my notes as I (slowly) learn German.
RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?
Eloise: I buy Rhodia through Writer’s Bloc online.
RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your job?
Eloise: My notebook is essential, as it’s my place to practice and experiment artistically. Drawing from life, whether it’s the human figure or a cluster of barnacles, is one of the ways I consistently practice. All those drawings go in my notebook, as well as sketches and problem solving for larger pieces. My past notebooks also provide a huge amount of inspiration, and flipping through them always gives me new-old ideas.
RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?
Eloise: Pens and pencils! I use different tools for different jobs, and am usually carrying 15+ pens and pencils at any given time. Copic Multiliners are definitely a favorite as they dry quickly, are water resistant, and refillable! For final pieces I use a dip pen and Noodler’s Ink, which has spoiled me for other black inks.
RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?
Eloise: I think orange end papers on the black Webnotebook could look very sharp!