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I recently bought a Rhodia Rhodiarama (?) book. It's the coloured cover type with the rainbow zebra on the inside, cream, unlined paper. I bought it as a book for ink logging and have two fully used up Rhodia of exactly the same type that I have also used for ink logs. I've plenty of the same for other things and never had a problem. The paper quality has always pleased me. This one does not please me though. Not only is the paper quite absorbent, but numerous inks are bleeding like crazy through the paper to the extent that I can't write on the other side of the page. I noticed that something wasn't quite right when Monteverde's Red Velvet starting going very brown very quickly (it tend only to do this on very absorbent papers). Then I started ink logging other inks and currently have about twenty ink logs in there; from Diamine to Montblanc, to Monteverde to Noodler's, to various Sailor inks etc. Almost all of them are bleeding through to some degree (the very small number done with EF nibs have strong ghosting but no bleed); many are bleeding through to a horrible degree. The strange thing is that I'm not seeing a great deal of feathering, which is something I would normal expect to see on normally poor quality papers that you would get bleed through on. So, I'm wondering if Rhodia have changed their paper lately? If so, I'm afraid I can't justify the price for bad paper quality. On the other hand I'm hoping that I just got a wayward one that slipped through the net of the quality control. Has anyone else noticed any problems like this lately?

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Sadly, you are not the first person to complain about the zebra Rhodiarama. If you do a search on this site, I think another FPN user made the same complaints. This makes me very sad as I have several of these which I have not used yet!

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I had the same problem. I bought 3 of them cheaply at a sale about 3 - 4 years ago. I thought I had snatched a bargain. Sadly, no. FWIW, I have bought other Rhodia (mainly dot grid pads) since and they have all been fine.

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