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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 will take two to three weeks for the sketchbooks to flow through our distribution channels and reach store shelves in North America.

Nova Series toned paper sketchbooks are great for mixed media artwork because the paper is made with both internal and surface sizing. Benefits of double sizing:
1. Exceptional wet strength.
2. Keeps pigment from penetrating deep into the paper, forcing it to remain high on the surface. As a result, pigment glows on this paper.
3. Retards penetration of wet media (bleed through). Therefore, both sides of sketchbook sheet can be used.
4. Protects surface from abrasive effects of multiple erasures.
5. Strengthens surface to allow for wide range of inking techniques without feathering.
6. Allows for blending and layering with colored pencils and pastels.

Nova Series papers are suitable for: colored pencil, ink, gel pens, paint markers, watercolor, gouache, chalk pastels, oil pastels, water-soluble graphite, charcoal, Conté crayon, colored dry pigments, watercolor pencil, soapstone pencil, etc.

Participants at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago this week will be the first to see this new range. Full disclosure: Stillman & Birn is a sponsor.

For advance product information: http://bit.ly/2eGi17J

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