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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), 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 my Beta!
from Allentown, PA
Comments about Stillman & Birn Archival Sketchbooks:
Takes watercolor well, without soaking through. Also okay for colored pencil blended with mineral oil, but with a slight oil spot on the back. Also nice for ink.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great sketchbook for multi media use!
By inspired to create
Purchased for use with an Urban Sketching workshop and found it very useful for Notan, pastel pencil and light watercolor.
Still searching for the perfect watercolor sketchbook...
By Artist Lydia Makepeace
from Naples, FL
As part of my hunt to find a sketchbook that's "just right" for watercolor sketches and plein air paintings I decided to give the Stillman & Birn Zeta series a go. Pros:- sturdy- high quality heavy weight paper- variety of sizesCons:- when breaking in the binding to get the sketchbook to lay flat I discovered that some of the pages had been glued together in such a way that rip marks appeared along the gutter :(Of the sketchbooks I've tried Strathmore's Hardbound 500 Series Mixed Media Art Journal remains the fave.
from Germantown, MD
I really like this sketchbook for inking and light washes of watercolor. I did make the mistake of doing a heavy wash on one of the pages, but there was minimal warping. I'll definitely look into the other sketchbooks Stillman and Birn has to offer!
Love these sketchbooks!
from Battle Creek, MI
These are wonderful sketchbooks. I love the the 6x8 spiral bound Beta sketchbook because I can throw it in my purse and whip it out when a scene strikes my fancy. Both the cover and paper are ideal for Watercolors on-the-go. I highly recommend these in all sizes!!!
Beta hardbound larger sketchbook is great! Fast delivery!
from Omaha, ne
Great paper for watercolor and watercolor pencils. Also colored pencils!
(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great value and FAST SHIPPING! Excelent servive.
from Payson AZ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Love these Sketch books!!
from San Jose, CA
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
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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~!
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