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Stillman & Birn offers a sketchbook system that gives artists a choice of paper weight, shade, and surface, allowing them to choose the sketchbook best suited for their media and techniques.
Appropriate for studies rendered with dry media and ink, as well as mixed media artwork, the robust paper is internally and surfaced sized to provide exceptional wet strength for layering of wet media, lifting of pigment, and repeated erasing without damage.
Available in both hardbound and wirebound formats, these sketchbooks contain multiple sheets of 100 lb (150 gsm) natural white paper with a vellum surface and a distinctive tooth. Ideal for dry media and light washes, the paper is both internally sized and surface-sized. The hardbound sketchbooks contain 62 sheets (124 pages) of paper. The wirebound sketchbooks contain 50 sheets (100 pages) of paper.
Available in a wirebound format, these sketchbooks contain 25 sheets (50 pages) of 180 lb (270 gsm), natural white paper with a rough surface. Ideal for multi-media renderings, the paper has a substantial tooth, as well as enhanced wet strength and tear strength.
Available in both hardbound and wirebound formats, these sketchbooks contain multiple sheets of 180 lb (270 gsm) ivory paper with a rough surface. Ideal for multi-media renderings, the paper has a substantial tooth, as well as enhanced wet strength and tear strength.
Available in both hardbound and wirebound formats, these sketchbooks contain multiple sheets of 100 lb (150 gsm), ivory paper with a vellum surface and a distinctive tooth. Ideal for dry media and light washes, the paper is both internally sized and surface-sized. The hardbound sketchbooks contain 62 sheets (124 pages) of paper. The wirebound sketchbooks contain 50 sheets (100 pages) of paper.
Available in both hardbound and wirebound formats, these sketchbooks contain multiple sheets of heavyweight (180 lb, 270 gsm), natural white multimedia paper. Internal and surface sizing enhance the paper's wet strength to accept multiple wet media washes, and its smooth surface assures exceptional line control for pen-and-ink and a full range of dry media. The hardbound sketchbooks contain 26 sheets (52 pages) of paper. The wirebound sketchbooks contain 25 sheets (50 pages) of paper.
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Love these Sketch books!!
from San Jose, CA
Comments about Stillman & Birn Archival Sketchbooks:
I love these sketchbooks. With the 180lb paper that takes watercolor, pen. pencil Markers. etc. The water colors act more like hot press paper but that is good for me because it forces me to be fast and easy!!! These are great for Pen and ink drawings because the paper doesn't have to much tooth! There a the best general purpose all around sketch, travel journals ever!John Ediger
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Best artist books on the planet. No doubt.
from San Leandro, CA
I travel so I need a great sketchbook that holds up well, can take abuse and has a smooth surface that I love. If you slowly bend the spine and flatten the book it will lay pretty flat for across the gutter work. It takes any medium and doesn't buckle. Since I found these, I use them for almost all my work.
I love it!!
By An artist
from Aurora, CO
I love this Beta book so much! It's takes nearly everything beautifully! If I add too much water I did notice the paper coming apart I think... But I've done several paintings in it and didn't face the same problem. All in all great book! I'm in love with it and plan to get another~!
from Carey, OH
I like the strong paper and whiteness of the surface. Spiral binding makes it easy to use. Nice heavy cover, also.
from Rhode Island
I love this paper, as it takes ink and color exceptionally and is a nice bright white which I prefer for my ink sketches. The book is well made and travels with me everywhere.
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Binding is awesome and more
Sketchbooks' performance for each individual is based on what materials are used to be able to create. There are various types within this category and if you do your research to pick the right sketchbook for your purposes, you will find little to complain about. The binding in all of them are impressive and I love not having to worry if it will fall apart with use. Do not buy the lighter weight paper in your sketchbook if you want to do wet washes; do not purchase the thinnest paper if you know your markers have a tendency to bleed through... It is not 5 stars for me only because the number of sheets in the heavier paper type of sketchbooks are significantly fewer and it feels like my choice of medium(s) put me in financially unfair disadvantage.
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from Columbia County , Oregon
For me I like pencil and I think the paper is better for maybe some light watercolor and pen maybe. the construction of the book is great. Able to fold back the pages in the center to make the seem flat. Unable to do that in other sketch books. Nice heavy paper but for me personally I like a smoother paper but the paper hear seems pretty durable so maybe can take some abuse.I think it might be better for pen type mediums and if you want a smooth surface for pencils this isn't the paper. But all in all it seems like a good healthy study sketchbook of good quality.
My favorite sketchbook
from San Diego
Stillman and Birn sketchbooks have the best quality paper. I use Beta, Zeta, Epsilon and Gamma series. All work for urban sketching, drawing, and watercolor washes. Love them!
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My favorite sketchbook!
from Baltimore, MD
Stillman and Birn's alpha sketchbooks are amazing. The paper quality is really good with nice, heavyweight paper that can take just about any medium you throw at it! Graphite and colored pencils look really good, pastels seem to do well, but be careful of micron pens because the tooth of the paper could wear it down quickly! I bought this sketchbook mainly for watercolor, and it didn't disappoint. The paper is heavy enough to withstand many layers, but watercolor and acrylic WILL buckle if you're putting down too much water. This may be a concern for others, but I think it adds character. I've also layed down a ton of India ink onto pages sometimes and it doesn't bleed through, only warp. Honestly the only time you should be concerned about bleed-through is with alcohol based markers.The binding on the hardback sketchbooks are great. Once you break in the binding (bend the book until both covers are touching eachother repeatedly) it lays flat, which is always a nice touch!! Although the cover has gotten a little loose, it should probably be expected if you're always taking it in and out of your backpack for a year. If you're not a student, yours will probably wear down slower lol. Overall, I really love these sketchbooks and think they're well worth the cost of you want a high-quality watercolor sketchbook with a lot of pages!
By BA Augusta Painter
from Augusta, GA
The spiral bound quality excellent. The paper quality is comparable to the Robert Bateman and Derwent Sketchbooks. Watercolor will buckle paper slightly. Works well with gouache, graphite, colored pencil and ink.
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