How To Use Rhodia Paper

I’m going to explain to you WHY Rhodia paper is worth the hype and what you need to know about it.

So, what IS Rhodia?

Rhodia is just a really nice, high quality paper you’ll see all over the calligraphy & lettering world. When I say high quality, I mean that it won’t cause your pens to fray. I get into much more detail about papers in this video if you wanna check that out.

First Things First…

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Rhodia paper is extremely versatile, as it comes in lots of different types and sizes, so you can choose the size you want! But in terms of the actual paper, I have grid format, dot format, and blank. They also come in a lined version (I just don’t have any). 

My stash!

My preference…

My main preference for Rhodia paper is the grid format; secondary is the dot. I strongly recommend using these two types for practice, because you NEEEED guidelines. If you’re using the blank format, draw yourself some grid guidelines or place your blank page over the top of your grid page so that you can see through it.

How many squares/dots should I use with brush pens?

This is a question I get ALL THE TIME.

It really just depends on if you’re using a big pen or a small pen. If you don’t know the difference, check out this video.

If you’re using a small pen, my recommendation is 2 to 3 squares of grid space.

This is a small pen – a.k.a. Tombow Fudenosuke

You can of course use more or fewer squares if you want to write bigger or smaller. I just prefer this size letter with this size pen.

If you’re using a big pen, my recommendation is 3-5 squares of grid space, or even bigger.

This is a big pen (the blue) – a.k.a. Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pen

And if your pen falls somewhere in between, err on the bigger size.

And that’s a wrap!

As you can see, using Rhodia paper is pretty straight forward. It’s just such great practice paper. The main thing you need to know is how to hold your pens on the paper so your pens don’t fray. If you decide you need more “good copy” paper, be sure to check out this video!


  1. Hi! Loving your IG and tutorials. I notice that most prefer graph paper, and I am new to brush lettering, but I prefer the dotted. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m missing why others prefer the graph? Any wisdom regarding dotted vs graphed is appreciated. 🙂

    1. Totally personal preference! Some people find the graph paper easier to follow as guidelines. No wrong or right way though. 🙂

  2. Hi Becca! This is so helpful! Love all your videos; very inspiring!

    I can’t find the exact Rhodia papers you mentioned above. I only have Rhodia dot Book (black). Is this also good for brush pens especially for Tombow Fudenosuke?

  3. I’m doing your smyd course (thank you!) and am trying to figure out if I should be angling my paper. Help! I’m a cursive writer in my freehand so always tilt my paper. But for modern calligraphy and getting muscle memory down, should the paper be lined up perpendicular to my desk? Or should it be angled? It’s hard to tell in your videos if just your camera is tilted or if it’s your paper, or if it even makes a difference.

    1. You can place your paper where it’s comfortable for you. Make sure your pen is perpendicular to the paper though. Check out the extra videos in SMYD – the how to use brush pens as well as the extra help videos. 🙂

      1. Hi, I have a similar question to the one above about pen position. Is the pen perpendicular to the paper in modern pointed pen calligraphy too or no?
        Thank you so much for helping me.

  4. I appreciate the info. It was very helpful. Could you tell me what size is the square in the Rhodia paper; 5mm??? I am a beginner and I’m having trouble discerning which pad to purchase. Are all the squares in the variety pads the same size. Which Rhodia pad would you recommend, the 8.25 x 11.25? Lastly, what does A4 size mean? Thank you kindly for your help.
    Have a great weekend,

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