August 23rd, 2015

At Salty’s Supply Co. – Trinidad, CA

Artist: Brenda Swenson, United States Artist Statement: It’s been a busy summer with a family reunion at the Lake of the Ozarks, road trip to Northern California, taught three workshops, day trip to San Diego… Throughout the weeks and months my Stillman & Birn sketchbook was by my side. I have many books filled with […]

January 19th, 2015

Carson Cottage

CARSON COTTAGE Architectural illustrator Andrew Banks created this pen and ink study of a small, historic building situated in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. “This is a building I have had my eye on for quite a while but only until recently got around to sketching. Carson Cottage, a Victorian era building, built in 1888 sits in […]

October 7th, 2014

Vibrant Greens Along the River Fowey

British artist Hannah Ivory Baker uses a unique abstract style in her sketchbooks which she creates with gouache and a bold impasto technique. The result is more of a finished work then a sketchbook study. Zoom in to see how loaded the page is with pigment.

“I am an artist living in Crouch End, North […]

August 18th, 2014

Mum’s Vase

British artist Jean Stevens created this watercolor study of a beautiful china vase that has holds not only flowers, but precious memories. “Here’s a painting of a rather special vase which belonged to my Mum and now has a special place in my studio. It’s a beautiful vase (in fact it has a little handle […]

July 21st, 2014

Lotus Blossom

Singapore artist Vincent Pang recently reported on his blog about a visit to Kampong Java Park, adjacent to one of Singapore’s major hospitals.” I was delivered into this world at now KK Women and Children’s Hospital. I still like to come back to the lotus pond here for a bit of quiet time and meditation. […]

May 29th, 2014

On Boomerang Beach

Illustrator Barbara Tapp created this pen & ink drawing on our cold press Delta Series. We were frankly surprised that Delta’s comparatively toothy surface didn’t seem to be a problem for any of the detailed line work. This is Barbara’s story of the drawing:

“I work as an architectural sketch artist drawing houses for the […]

February 11th, 2014

Sungei Buloh, Singapore

Vincent Immanuel Pang, who posts under the name “The Citi Sketcha” is an educator and artist living in Singapore. Vincent recently sent us this watercolor drawing along with this write up: “Sungei Buloh is a protected wetland nature reserve on the North-eastern part of the island of Singapore. I sometimes come here for moments of […]

February 7th, 2014

It’s a Dog’s Point of View

Architectural illustrator Barbara Tapp recently sent us this drawing and write up of her technique. “This sketch of Nikki and Max taking a morning walk in Central Park is all about the communication between dog and owner. I knew that this had to be illustrated in color because of the incredible shadows. I had been […]

January 28th, 2014

Engine No. 6

We missed this December posting by Brenda Swenson of the historic No. 6 Locomotive from the Travel Town Museum. Travel Town is a transport museum at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The museum focuses on railroad history in the U.S. from 1880 to the 1930s.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink SURFACE: Beta Series – 180 lb – […]

August 18th, 2013

Nashville, TN Demo

Mixed media artist Jean Parker will host a free demo and workshop to illustrate the variety of Stillman & Birn art journals. Jean will explain the differences between each of the six series and demonstrate the wide range of media and techniques artists can use. Participants will have the chance to try out the journals […]

July 7th, 2013

Making It Look Ancient

Mixed media artist Jean Parker recently sent us this remarkable page from her “Soul Journal,” created in a Delta Series sketchbook. “I wanted the page to look ancient,” Jean wrote. The technique: “1. write fears with pen and then apply gesso over the words; 2. apply print of knight: trimmed with fussy cut around, […]

April 4th, 2013

A Purple Urchin

Gay Kraeger is a a watercolor journalist who has been trying out Stillman & Birn sketchbooks for a few months. She recently sent us this drawing of a sea urchin. The integration on this page of drawing, calligraphy and text is a striking example of what art journaling is today.

Gay writes, “As a child […]

February 8th, 2013

Kent Ridge Park

Singapore designer Francis Theo sent us this drawing of a trail in Kent Park in western Singapore. The park, the site of fierce battle in World War II, is rich in exotic flora and fauna and a bird sanctuary. Francis created this drawing in one of our new Delta Series hardbound sketchbooks. Francis writes, ”most […]