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For those of you who have been waiting for Rhodia’s Paul Smith Limited Edition Notepads, wait no more. They are in stock in the US at www.journalingarts.com. Classic black and orange combine with Smith’s sophisticated stripes creating a squared notepad that is second to none.

Paul Smith Limited Edition for Rhodia ‘09:

Throughout the world, he offers his clothes “with a twist’ in his own shops or in highly selective points of sale. After the success of the first collection signed Paul Smith which came out in 2005, Paul Smith celebrated 75 years of his fetish pad by signing a new Limited Series where his fancy and his particularly English sense of style led him: on the famous card marked Rhodia orange or black, a true support for the fashion designer’s creation, his falsely naïve pencil sketches, underlined with his emblematic stripes.

Paul Smith’s stripes? “They convey freedom, youth, humour. You can like them fresh, reminiscent of the sea or downright pop. In any case, they are never neutral.’

  • two versions: on a card printed Rhodia orange or Rhodia black
  • four visuals: ‘Picture Frame’, ‘Photographer’, ‘Man Reading’ and ‘Camera’
  • three formats: N°16 (14.8x21cm), N°12 ( 8.5×12 cm) and N°11 (7.4×10.5 cm).
Rhodias Paul Smith notebooks are avilable in both orange and black.

Four of Paul Smith’s doodles are featured across three sizes, available in either of the famous black or orange covers used by Rhodia since 1934.

Photographer design.

Photographer design.

Man Reading desing.

Man Reading design.

Camera design,

Camera design.

Picture Frame design.

Picture Frame design.

Each Paul Smith notepad features Rhodias smooth, gridded paper.

Each Paul Smith notepad features Rhodia's smooth, gridded paper.

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I wanted to take advantge of the Moleskine Squared Notebooks gridded format, so I created this illustration of my daughter running on the beach using Prismacolor colored pencils.

I wanted to take advantage of the Moleskine Squared Notebook's gridded format, so I created this illustration of my daughter running on the beach using colored pencils.

Ever since I first saw the squared pages in the Large Moleskine Squared Reporter Notebook, I wanted to play with the grid and create a pixelated abstract of sorts. The little squares beg to be colored in. I decided to do this with my new Prismalcolor Colored pencils because I haven’t used them all that much and I thought the large range of colors would would be better than a small set of markers.

I used my Prismacolor colored pencils becasue of the large range of colors.

I used my Prismacolor colored pencils because of the large range of colors.

The image I wanted to duplicate, is one on a photo I have of my daughter when she was about 10 years old,  trotting along the beach near Jekyll Island. To help me with this illustration, I scanned the photo into Photoshop and I reduced the resolution to about 5 pixels per inch, which would give me a similar grid as the Moleskine squared Notebook. I used this scan to give me a range of colors for the illustration. I was surprised by how many variations of like colors this would require and I was glad to be using the colored pencils. I had a much larger choice of colors than I would if I had used markers which would have turned to mud and would have required lots of layering.

This was harder than it looked. Even though I had lots of color choices, none of the pencils matched the flesh tones I needed and I found that I had to blend all of the colors to some degree. The waxiness of the color made this a bit difficult at times, mostly due to the small area I had to work with on each color. In most cases, I started each pixel with the closest color and layered from there, using the lightest color last to smooth everything out.

To keep things stratight in my minds eye, I had to color one horizontal line of squares at a time.

I worked in a linear direction to keep the patter clear in my mind.

To keep things straight, I had to work horizontally, one line at a time square by square. Again, this was challenging because the colors were so similar and I found myself frequently getting lost.

Detail of the colored squares. Getting the colors smooth was almost impossible using the colored pencils. I think I would have liked the more intense look of markers, but there were too many color variations to make if feasible.

Detail of the colored squares. Getting the colors smooth was almost impossible using the colored pencils. I think I would have liked the more intense look of markers, but there were too many color variations to make if feasible.

In the end, I am glad I used the colored pencils, even though the colors didn’t blend as smoothly as I would have liked. The image took on a waxy gloss which feels lovely to touch and gives a softer appearance than another medium would have. I think there are lots of interesting things that could be done on squared paper and I am looking forward to trying more illustrations which push the concept even farther. If you have some art you’d like to share that you created in your Moleskine or other squared notebook, email me at Cynthia@journalingarts.com. I would love to see it!

Final abstract of my daughter done with colored pencil in a Moleskine Squared Reporter Notebook.

Final abstract of my daughter done with colored pencil in a Moleskine Squared Reporter Notebook. By squinting, you can see that it resembles the original photograph.

To keep things stratight in my minds eye, I had to color one horizontal line of squares at a time.

To keep things stratight in my mind's eye, I had to color one horizontal line of squares at a time.

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For those of you who have been waiting for the Ciak Squared Journal to be released in the US, the wait is over!  I just listed three at www.journalingarts.com. The squared Ciak Notebook shares all of the same great features as the ruled Ciak Notebooks only the paper is gridded, 6 squares per inch. This is a medium sized notebook that measures approximately 5″ x 6¾” and ¾” thick. The soft cover and thick, elastic strap is a nice change from the Moleskine notebooks and is worth a try if you seek a gridded journal that is stylish and fountain pen worthy.

The Ciak Squared Journal has heavy, acid-free paper that is pen friendly. The grid measures 6 squares per inch

The Ciak Squared Journal has heavy, acid-free paper that is pen friendly. The grid measures 6 squares per inch.

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