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January 12th, 2018

Zeta Series

ZETA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/zeta

Excerpt from online review: “By far the Zeta series is my favorite paper to draw on. The paper is smooth and thick, allowing for lots of layering and blending without any pilling and erases quite nicely.”

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December 24th, 2017

Santa

Artist: Muriel Christensen, United States Artist Statement: When I saw my niece’s daughter’s upset face, I got an idea to put her on Santa’s lap for this year’s family Christmas card. I like to do a custom card every year with my artwork. So, for the baby’s face study, I sketched out the concept first […]

December 21st, 2017

Koi Stream

Aritst: Juanjo Gaspar, Spain Artist Statement: While visiting the Sensō-ji in Tokyo, I saw this stream of koi, and I couldn’t resist painting them. I’m in love with Japanese culture; I have studied Japanese and Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy), so this trip was a chance for me to get a first-hand glimpse of the icons […]

December 17th, 2017

Holiday Giveaway Winners Announced

These are the ten winners of our annual holiday giveaway. Each will receive a Nova Series sketchbook (5½ x 8½) in the shade of their choice and a set of Caran d’Ache gouache.

Winners were chosen by random drawing. Sequential numbers were assigned to each participant upon entry. After the contest closed we used a […]

December 15th, 2017

Nova Series Review

Artist Jennifer McLean, author of “Just Add Water Silly”, the popular blog about watercolor and mixed media, recently posted this review of our Nova Series sketchbooks: http://justaddwatersilly.com/2017/11/27/toned-paper-stillman-birn-nova/#comments Shown here are two of Jenn’s drawings done on Nova Series paper from the review, both painted with watercolor and gel pen.

There’s just one more day to […]

December 11th, 2017

Holiday Giveaway

We’re giving away ten Stillman & Birn Nova Series sketchbooks together with a Caran d’Ache Gouache Studio set. The gouache set contains five 10 ml tubes: magenta, cyan, yellow, black, and white. The Nova Series sketchbook is a 5½” x 8½” softcover binding; winners can choose from the three paper options (beige, grey or black). […]

December 6th, 2017

Prickles and Petals

Artist: Laura Capuano, Italy Artist Statement: For this piece I wanted something fresh. I was so used to tulips and peonies, so I needed something different. I loved the idea of succulents: they look “friendly”, in a way, even with all these prickles. So what better than flowers?

The contrast between the petals and the […]

December 3rd, 2017

Morning Light in Redwood Forest

Artist: Kris Mordecai, United States Artist Statement: This black and white drawing shows the morning light filtering through the trees and onto a small cabin in Monte Rio, California, perched on the side of a mountain and nestled into the ancient redwoods. Ink and water brush were used to depict the cool, damp air and […]

November 20th, 2017

Thelma

Artist: Carrie LeBlanc, United States Artist Statement: I was very excited about the release of the Nova Series and wanted to take full advantage of what this new paper had to offer. I wanted to experiment with using the paper as a mid tone, so I had used acrylic gouache both as a transparent and […]

October 30th, 2017

The Tiger

Artist: Edith Van der Ster, Spain Artist Statement: This small sketch was one of my first tries with acrylic gouache. I have been using my sketchbooks to really create a habit of sketching and to improve my drawing and painting. I mainly use ink and watercolor in my Beta Series sketchbook, and I have recently […]

September 22nd, 2017

Mixed Media Portrait

Artist: Sebastian Tinajero, United States Artist Statement: This piece began as a pencil sketch inside my sketchbook during one of my routine visits at my favorite coffee shop where I often go to draw and paint. I usually visualize colors according to the sense of mood I’m feeling while working on a project. For this […]

September 14th, 2017

Det Stride Band (see editor’s note for translation)

Artist: Tomas Björnsson, Denmark Artist Statement: I was asked to do a poster illustration of a band playing crazy lyric folk style music for kids. I thought that an ink and watercolour drawing would fit the three guys and their sound. Traditional media for a traditional sounding band. I chose to do caricatures of the […]

September 7th, 2017

Delta Series

DELTA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Cold Press Finish Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/delta

August 28th, 2017

Gamma Series

GAMMA SERIES Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Medium Grain Finish Media: Dry media, light wash, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/gamma 

August 16th, 2017

Beta Series

BETA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: White Surface: Cold Press Finish Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/beta 

August 5th, 2017

From Urban Sketchers Symposium 2017

Chicago Theater Marquis By Urban Sketchers founder, Gabi Campanario The landmark Chicago Theater on State Street, built in 1921.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Thank you to the Urban Sketchers organization for inviting Stillman & Birn to be a sponsor of this […]

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 […]

July 1st, 2017

Zeta Series Sketchbook Tour

Thank you to Mark Fraley for posting this great video sketchbook tour of his recently completed Zeta sketchbook. https://youtu.be/W9J4Ti3_aSk  Shown here, “Bighorn Sheep”

MEDIA: Ink, Watercolor, Collage SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mark Fraley is a collage and portrait artist based in Broomfield, […]

June 17th, 2017

Nova Series – Coming August, 2017

Toned paper sketchbooks for mixed media artwork. Three shades: beige, grey, black Bindings: Softcover & wirebound Supports multiple erasures without pilling; holds ink line without feathering Suitable for a wide range of dry and wet media, including: colored pencil, ink, gel pens, paint markers, watercolors, water-soluble graphite, gouache, charcoal, etc. Exceptional wet strength and surface […]

June 16th, 2017

Poble Espanyol

Artist: Brenda Swenson, United States Artist Statement: Great memories from my workshop in Spain. The Poble Espanyol (literally, Spanish town) is an open-air architectural museum in Barcelona. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings, which recreate an Iberian village. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and […]