Stillman and Birn sketchbook review on The Well-Appointed Desk

Tina Koyama recently reviewed the Stillman and Birn Nova series beige paper sketchbook on The Well-Appointed Desk. Tina is a long-time fan of Stillman and Birn sketchbooks and was especially curious to check out this notebook after the announcement that Stillman and Birn had been acquired by Clairefontaine Rhodia (which is part of the same […]

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Kraaft Shaak drawings and watercolor paintings on Clairefontaine Pastelmat

Heather’s Daily Art Adventures at the Kraaft Shaak has some recent videos using Clairefontaine Pastelmat, which is paper with a texture specifically designed to be used with pastels. But as she discovered, it works great with watercolors too! In this video, Heather does an amazing picture of Sophie the dog using Derwent pastel pencils on […]

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Writing Wednesday: InCoWriMo in February!

February 1st is the start of InCoWriMo! During International Correspondence Writing Month, participants hand write and mail or deliver one letter, card, postcard or note every day for the month of February. Of note: these have to be written by hand (for the personalized experience) and you have to actually send/ deliver the correspondence! It […]

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Book review: Start Finishing by Charlie Gilkey

I’m a long-time fan of Charlie Gilkey’s website Productive Flourishing, so when I found out he had published a book, I was very excited to read it! Charlie is a productivity guru and guide for entrepreneurs and creatives. He has a really interesting background: he’s ABD for a PhD in philosophy, and was a lieutenant […]

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Videos: Clairefontaine Paint’ON mixed media fine arts paper collection

Our YouTube channel ExaClairUSA has a series of videos showcasing the Clairefontaine Paint’ON collection of fine arts mixed media papers. These papers are extra heavyweight (250 gsm) with a fine tooth, and are designed to work well with a variety of media including watercolors, pencils, acrylics, pastels, inks, etc. The Paint’ON papers are available in white, […]

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Writing Wednesday: Gift guides for writers and stationery lovers

If you are looking for gift ideas for the writers, fountain pen users, calligraphers, and/ or stationery lovers on your list, check out these gift guides! These are all done by people who have seen a lot of stationery and really know their stuff. The Gentleman Stationer recommends Clairefontaine Triomphe stationery and G. Lalo correspondence […]

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Writing Wednesday: J Herbin glass dip pen ASMR video by Jet Pens

I’ve never gotten into ASMR videos, but I have to admit I really like this one from Jet Pens: The sounds are so satisfying: the flip of the pages of the writing pad; the bottle of ink on the surface of the table; the glass pen writing on the paper. The glass dip pen used […]

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Amanda Fleet’s favorite pocket notebook: Clairefontaine 1951

Author Amanda Fleet recently did a post at Nero’s Notes revealing her favorite pocket notebook: the Clairefontaine 1951 collection! She lists the reasons why she loves these notebooks so much, including the amazing paper that works well with all her writing utensils of choice. And she loves the covers: There’s something delightfully retro about the […]

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Writing Wednesday: Inkophile reviews Herbin Vert de Gris ink

Inkophile recently did an excellent review of Herbin Vert de Gris ink. Vert de Gris is one of the Herbin Jewel of Ink colors, and is based on the lovely grey/ green patina that appears on aging copper. In the review she describes the color as “a deep, dark teal” and shows writing samples of […]

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