August 15th, 2020

Epsilon Series

EPSILON SERIESHeavyweight: 150 gsmShade: WhiteSurface: SmoothMedia: Pen & Ink, dry media, light washGallery:

November 30th, 2019

A House with a Story to Tell

ARTIST: Andrew Banks, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: This urban sketch was drawn from my car while parked on the side of the road in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. I enjoy exploring my surrounding neighborhoods for interesting scenes and architecture to sketch. I usually gravitate towards sketching larger, more well-known buildings and […]

November 4th, 2017

Epsilon Series

Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Pen & Ink, dry media, light wash Gallery: Recently described as the “fountain pen friendly sketchbook” on The Fountain Network forum.

August 22nd, 2016

Drawing the Scene in a Point of View Sketch

Artist: Paul Heaston, United States Artist Statement: I do a lot of POV [point-of view] sketches, which are a great way to get some sketching in even when I can’t leave the house. Since we had a baby daughter last year, being at home has become the norm, so I’m having a lot of fun […]

April 8th, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of […]

March 14th, 2016

Arising from Flowers

Artist: Mashiiro (Magalie Gréaux), France Artist Statement: Flowers have always been a subject I wanted to practice with watercolors. For this piece, I wanted to depict a fragile woman, reaching from a field of delicate white flowers, like she used to be one of them, and “evolve” to a woman. I found that layering washes […]

November 11th, 2015

Girl with Mobile Phone

Aritst: Russell Stutler, Japan Aritst Statement: This year I started drawing with a dip pen and bottle of ink which I loved during my high school days in the 1970s. I used a Zebra Maru (mapping pen) [comic pen nib] which is practically a crowquill nib and Pilot drafting ink for this drawing. Lately I’ve […]

February 12th, 2015

Tokyo Train Commuters

Artist: Russell Stutler, Japan Artist Statement: For the new year I decided to focus on ink drawings, so I bought a new Epsilon Series wirebound sketchbook. This drawing was done entirely in brush and ink, and the models were fellow train commuters. These four people were not together when I saw them, but it made […]

January 23rd, 2015

Still Hauling

Artist: Barbara Tapp Artist Statement: I’ve been searching around for a winter scene here in California. I am looking for urban and industrial themes in my journaling this year and love the forms of machinery, buildings… and street scenes. When I found this 60’s Chevy truck in the parking lot at Home Depot… there was […]

July 18th, 2014

Alpha vs. Epsilon

Designer and art educator Ellen Ward has written an informative blog post contrasting inking on the Alpha and Epsilon Series. (Alpha is white and has a medium grain surface; Epsilon is also white but has a smooth surface.)

“Ink is a catalyst for seeing. It is definite and for the most part indelible. By drawing […]

May 1st, 2014


Designer Trev Stair recently posted a drawing of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. “When I get home from my day job as a creative director at a small ad agency, I try to fill much of my free time drawing. I keep a huge library of interesting photo references on my Dropbox, so I can […]

March 20th, 2014

Dance Like a Monkey: A Plea for Help

Designer Christina Yoder sent us this drawing and write up as part of a campaign by friends of writer C.J. Henderson to raise support for him as he battles a serious illness. “Recently I created a cute “Dance Like A Monkey” artwork for a benefit for author C.J. Henderson, and it is for a very […]

March 5th, 2014

Giveaway Winner Report: Inking in Epsilon

Tas Kyprianou is a London-based portrait photographer specializing in advertising and editorial photography for an impressive roster of corporate and arts clients. Tas is also an illustrator who was the winner of one of our giveaways in which he won an Epsilon Series sketchbook. Tas wrote to us about how he uses his sketchbook: “A […]

December 26th, 2013

Red Tulips

Flowers of the Australian springtime inspired Dion Dior to create this artwork. We asked Dion if she could comment on using so much wet media on the 100 Lb. (150 GSM) Epsilon Series paper: “Epsilon was an unusual choice for ‘Red Tulips’ as the page was originally an experiment in building up bold color. I […]

September 28th, 2013

Urban Art: Longhorn Among the Skyscrapers

Naturalist illustrator Deborah Kaspari reports a remarkable vision in her blog: “Deep in the heart of Oklahoma City, a stockyard sprang up today, surrounded by modern, glassy skyscrapers, and there was much mooing. I sketched longhorn cattle and wished I had on a pair of cowgirl boots or a pink denim jacket. I would have […]

July 20th, 2013

Cathy Johnson’s Epsilon Collection

The renowned watercolorist and author, Cathy Johnson, was kind enough to post this image and post on her blog. “I love my Stillman & Birn Epsilon journals for my writing journal! I do artwork in them, too, but page after page of writing, every morning…glorious! My Noodler’s Creaper pen just skates over that smooth paper.”


June 17th, 2013


Canadian artist Pira Urosevic specializes in elaborate, whimsical pen and ink drawings, reminiscent of the artwork of Edward Gorey. Recently we saw Pira’s delightful pink elephant drawing and we asked her to write a few lines about it: “Late in 2012 I set myself a goal of completing a drawing on a daily basis for […]

March 12th, 2013

A is For Anna Who Walked Through The Wood

Inspired by the drawing style and macabre humor of Edward Gorey’s alphabet book, Pira Urosevic creates fable-like drawings of mice and other animals in pen and ink. Pira writes, “Late in 2012 I set myself a goal of completing an ink drawing on a daily basis for an entire year, as motivation to jump start […]

March 5th, 2013

A Charcoal Drawing on Epsilon? Yes, really.

Artists are continually surprising us with their resourcefulness in using our sketchbooks in ways we never imagined possible. One recent example of this is Jeanne Powers-Forsyth’s charcoal drawing in an Epsilon Series sketchbook. Jeanne made the charcoal work beautifully on Epsilon’s smooth surface by preparing the sheet first with gesso to to create texture beneath […]