STILLMAN & BIRN Paper

Why do artists need Stillman & Birn premium quality sketchbooks when there are many less expensive alternatives available?

Artists are using their sketchbooks in ever more challenging and inventive ways. As the sketchbook has evolved, many artists use their sketchbook as an art journal for finished artwork, utilizing a variety of dry and wet media. This type of artwork demands robust, high-performance art paper. And that's why today, more than ever, paper quality matters so much to the sketchbook artist.

Stillman & Birn stands out in the crowded sketchbook market, offering a unique collection of archival quality, premium sketchbooks designed to work with many different kinds of media. Only Stillman & Birn offers a sketchbook system, allowing the artist to choose the paper weight, shade and surface type to suit their specific techniques. All of our papers have both internal and surface sizing, providing exceptional wet strength. All of our papers are true art papers that withstand multiple erasures and are suitable for precision work.

Because of the robust quality of our papers, we believe that our sketchbooks inspire creativity: artists can feel confident to experiment with new ideas and materials because our papers support the most demanding techniques on paper.

Bound in the United States, our sketchbook system offers artists a choice of three paper surfaces:

• Vellum – distinctive tooth, suitable for all dry media, and will also accept multiple washes (ALPHA)
• Cold Press – Substantial tooth, enhanced wet and tear strength, suitable for multi-media artwork (BETA)
• Smooth – Suitable for pen & ink, colored pencils, water-based markers as well as watercolors (EPSILON)