The Stillman & Birn Sketchbook System

Stillman & Birn's sketchbook system gives artists the unique choice of paper weight, shade, and surfacebest suited to their specific techniques. With both internal and surface sizing, our papers have exceptional wet strength that supports the application of multiple washes. Similarly, just as the paper's sizing slows down water absorption, pigment stays on the surface of the sheet. The result: remarkably glowing color!

Our hardbound bindings - stiff when new - are designed to be broken in. The spines get eased in and then lay completely flat, accommodating both two-page drawing layouts and flatbed scanning. The wirebound bindings allow for your book to lay and remain flat and easy removal of pages to archive or share. The softbound covers are sewn-bound, providing flexibility while remaining 100% durable. Rounded corners prevent frayed edges and gives each book an elegant finish.

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

  • Medium Grain (Alpha, Gamma, Nova) – multii-purpose surface, suitable for all dry media, light wash and ink
  • Cold Press (Beta, Delta) - Lightly textured surface, the heavy weight of provides enhanced wet and tear strength, suitable for advanced mixed media artwork
  • Smooth (Epsilon, Zeta) - Suitable for pen & ink, colored pencils, water-based markers as well as watercolors

The Stillman & Birn Sketchbook System

ALPHA Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Medium Grain
BETA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm White Cold Press
GAMMA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Ivory Medium Grain
DELTA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm Ivory Cold Press
EPSILON Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Smooth
ZETA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm White Smooth
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Beige Medium Grain
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Grey Medium Grain
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Medium Grain