Opus Resource Library
The Stillman & Birn Sketchbook System
Opus Resource Library

In order to meet the wide range of artists' needs, Stillman & Birn’s sketchbook system gives them the choice of paper weight, shade, and surface type best suited to their specific techniques.

With both internal and surface sizing, their papers have exceptional wet strength that supports the application of multiple washes. Similarly, just as the paper's sizing slows down water absorption, pigment stays on the surface of the sheet. The result: remarkably glowing color!

The hardbound bindings - stiff when new - are designed to be broken in. The spines get eased in and then lay completely flat, accommodating both two-page drawing layouts and flatbed scanning.

The wirebound bindings allow for your book to lay and remain flat and easy removal of pages to archive or share.

The softbound covers are sewn bound allowing flexibility while remaining durable. Rounded corners prevents frayed edges and gives each book an elegant finish.

Bound in the United States, Stillman and Birn sketchbooks offers artists a choice of three paper surfaces:

  • Medium Grain (Alpha, Gamma, Nova) – distinctive tooth, suitable for all dry media, and will also accept multiple washes
  • Cold Press (Beta, Delta) - Substantial tooth, enhanced wet and tear strength, suitable for mixed media artwork
  • Smooth (Epsilon, Zeta) - Suitable for pen & ink, colored pencils, water-based markers as well as watercolors