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July 24th, 2017

Update on Nova Series Product Launch

Our upcoming Nova Series sketchbooks are made with toned paper that will support mixed media artwork. There are three shades: beige, grey and black; the sketchbooks will be offered in softcover and wirebound formats. Production is proceeding on schedule and we expect to make our first shipments the week of July 31. From there, it […]

May 31st, 2017

Nova Series – Coming Soon

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April 26th, 2017

Two Red Peppers

Artist: Stacy Egan, United States Artist statement: I believe that sketching everyday objects is wonderful to incorporate into a daily art practice. It allows me to document my life and sketch consistently to develop my own artistic style. I love the Alpha Series books for my everyday sketching because there are plenty of pages in […]

November 2nd, 2016

Rorschach Inkblots and Portraiture

Artist: Alicia Harvey, United States Artist Statement: The process used in this piece was developed in August, 2016 as a 30-day art challenge on Instagram. For this art challenge, I wanted to loosen up my portrait work, to develop more imaginary and abstract pieces. One of the techniques developed during this challenge was what I […]

July 15th, 2015

Painting with Crayons

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: This summer I have been experimenting, trying to find a way to get painterly effects with drawing tools. Ideally I could be painting with oils or using traditional pastels, but I want to avoid toxicity, dust, and fumes. After some initial frustration, a method that allows for both […]

May 14th, 2015

Watercolor vs. Gouache

WATERCOLOR VS. GOUACHE This is an excellent short video explaining the different properties of watercolor and gouache and which wet media techniques are suitable for each.

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May 14th, 2015

Testing Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers

Thank you Wes Douglas for this comprehensive report on your test of the new Winsor & Newton watercolor markers on Stillman & Birn sketchbooks.

MEDIA: Watercolor Markers SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish