Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: Rhodia Pad No. 11 Orange & Black

This is a review of the Rhodia Pad (Bloc) No. 11 orange and black.
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Features (from Rhodia)

7.4 x 10.5 cm (2.9 x 4.1 in)
80 sheets
5/5 grid ruling
Made in France
Covers: Orange or Black

I’ve had this review ready to go for awhile but I threw in some pens to change up the reviews.

The Pad No. 11 comes with a scored front cover for easy folding and tucking back out of your way, micro perforated pages for tearing out, cardboard reinforced back cover for a more sturdy writing experience, and of course, the most important feature: superfine vellum 80 g paper (which is delectably smooth).

As with all Rhodia paper, this pad is very fountain pen-friendly and micro tip-friendly!
Rhodia Pad No. 11 Writing Samples
Rhodia Pad No. 11 Fountain Pens
I often struggle with grid rulings because I rarely, if ever, have an actual need for them. It’s difficult to write with micro tips over grid rulings because the lettering gets lost in the grid lines. Fortunately, with fountain pens, especially medium to broad nibs, I don’t notice the grid because the ink and letters outweigh the ruling. This leaves me wondering why I have so many notebooks with grid rulings... however, I am using them as of late to practice calligraphy and zentangles!
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Doodled with Pilot G-2 Navy Blue
If this size is not for you, Rhodia offers a wide range of pads that may accommodate your needs.
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Rhodia R Pad  No. 16 compared to Pad No. 11
I like to keep a Pad No. 11 in this Nomadic PN-91 Top Open Pencil Case. The light pink was on sale awhile back but the colors offered now are fun! In fact, the Pad No. 11 is the perfect size for tucking into almost any pencil case so you can always have some wicked paper on hand!

I haven’t reached the end of the pad yet, but it’s a little pad and I wonder how well it will fare for writing on when 3/4 of the pages are flipped back... But I’m sure if you are a person who actually tears out pages, you won’t have a problem! Perhaps I shall be adventurous and begin tearing out pages! Perhaps.
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Top to bottom: Rhodia Pad No. 11, Moleskine Hard Cover Blank, Rhodia Webnotebook, Ecosystem Journal
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A Penchant for Paper


Writer’s Bloc - $1.90
GouletPens - $2.00 (with quantity discounts!)


Cheap, adorable, handy dandy little pads with the quality you expect of Rhodia! You can stick one in your purse, your pocket, your car... just about anywhere because they’re tiny and perfect for your convenience.


Sandra Strait said...

Great review, and I'm for any pad you can use for zentangles!

GourmetPens said...

Thank you! I have been dabbling with zentangles in it too - it's perfect. It's so convenient to keep in my bag at all times for when I get a great zentangle idea!

Shangching said...

You just gave me some ideas on how to use pad of this size! They look so adorable, but I can't find good reasons to use them (grocery list??!)

GourmetPens said...

Grocery list would work! I like doodling in it. It's a perfect size page for doodles because then I don't feel like I have to fill up a giant sized page. Any little doodle on these pages feels like an accomplishment!

Dollface said...

they're cute! do you know if you can buy them in the UK? (i might just google it) would love one to carry around for when i remember things
i have a memory like a sieve

Shangching said...

I forgot to compliment you on how many test pages you did for this entry. I am amazed!

GourmetPens said...

@Dollface I'm sure you can! Would you prefer online or in a store??

@Shangching *blush* Thanks! I had fun doing it! I love the color spectrum lol

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