Look & Feel
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in / 14 x 21 mm / A5
Format: Blank (also comes in squared, lined and dot)
Paper: Clairefontaine Brushed Vellum, 90 gsm, ivory, acid-free
Extras: Interior back pocket; Sewn in cloth bookmark; Sewn Binding, Elastic Closure, Rounded corners
Comes in 15 colors: Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow.
Rhodia Notebooks come in several varieties, yet have many features in common. Clairefontaine fountain-pen-friendly paper, Sturdy bindings. Hard-back leatherette covers. Rounded corners. Color-coordinated ribbon and binding.
So what is different about the Rhodiarama? Traditionally, Rhodia notebooks have come in black or orange. The Rhodiama comes in 15 different colors (see Specs above). But what is really different is the interior covers!
What can I say. The thing that I use most of my Rhodia notebooks for is Zentangle©-Inspired Artwork. The smooth paper is friendly to fabric nibs and your pens tend to slide nicely across the page.
I had already done one example, when the inspiration hit for a new pattern. So you get two examples of pen and ink this time.
Color pencil is probably the least successful medium for this Clairefontaine paper. It is too hard and smooth to properly pull the pigment from the pencil. That said, you can get two or three layers of blending, and I often use it with other mediums, such as markers to get a softer look. The brand of color pencil can make a difference. I've found Soho to work better than the Coloursoft that I used for this example. I also used water-soluble Distress Markers to deepen the color in some areas (I used them dry).
Again, the smoothness of the paper means you have to work hard to get dark values with a pencil. On the other hand, the graphite lifts beautifully so the extractive technique, where you lift color with an eraser, works nicely. This isn't the book I would buy for pencil work, but when the desire strikes, I don't hesitate to use pencil.
If you want to preserve pencil work on this paper, fixative is absolutely necessary.
While drawing my Nagapushpam pattern, I screwed up and had to start over on another page. I hate having a page like that in my books, and usually cover it up. In this case, I painted the sky and moon with acrylic paint, at home, and then later used Gellyroll pens and my J. Herbin Creapen Brush pen to add the writing, shadows and detail.
The paper did curl at the corners from the acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I wrapped the corners around a pencil, going the opposite direction and voila! No more curl. There was some slight rippling in the paper. From experience, I know some of the ripples will flatten out from the weight of the book, but a few will remain. Nonetheless, this book would work quite well for art journal style acrylic work. It would work as an art journal, as long as you avoided 3D effects. The binding wouldn't expand enough for that.
What Will They Win?
Five winners will each receive a Turquoise Rhodiarama blank notebook like the one reviewed here.
Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win a Turquoise Rhodiarama Notebook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.
When is the giveaway over?
The giveaway starts on Sunday, Jan, 31, 2016 at 06:00 AM PST and ends Sunday, February 07, 2016 at 11:59 PST. I'll notify the winners by email on Monday, February 08.
Who can enter?
I do apologize, this giveaway is U.S. only.
Disclaimer: I received this Rhodiarama Notebook from Exaclair Inc. specifically for this review and giveaway. I was allowed to choose the item to be given away. I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own. I received no other compensation.