Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Sketchbooks


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Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Sketchbooks

Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbooks feature high performance paper that is pH neutral, acid free, archival, as well as lignin- and chloride-free. The heavy 150 gsm (100 lb) paper has a toothy, medium grain, white surface, and is suitable for all dry media and ink. With both internal and surface sizing, it will accept light washes as well.

The hard-bound books contain 62 sheets and the wire-bound books contain 50 sheets. The covers are made with extra heavy-weight binders’ board that is tough and resistant to warpage.

The Alpha softcover sketchbooks feature high performance paper that is pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free. The flexible, yet rugged covers have soft-bound sewn bindings and rounded edges to prevent fraying. Each book contains 46 sheets.


  • Paper Colour: White
  • Heavyweight: 150 gsm (100 lb)
  • Surface: medium grain, vellum tooth
  • Media: Dry Media, Light Wash, Ink


  • Archival Quality
  • Alpha cellulose content 0.87%
  • Neutral pH
  • Acid Free
  • Chlorine free
  • Lignin free



Alpha Series Sketchbooks by Stillman and BirnHARDBOUND62 Sheets – 124 Pages

100460 4″ x 6″ 10.2 x 15.2
100580 5.5″ x 8.5″ 14.0 x 21.6
100899* 8.25″ x 11.75″ 21.0 x 29.7
100960† 9″ x 6″ 22.9 x 15.2

*indicates A4 † indicates Landscape

WIREBOUND50 Sheets – 100 Pages

200680 6×8 15.2×20.3
200710 7×10 17.8×25.4
200107† 10×7 25.4×17.8
200912 9×12 22.9×30.5
200114 11×14 27.9×35.6

† indicates Landscape

SOFT COVER26 Sheets – 52 Pages

  • 3.5″ x 5.5″ (Portrait)
  • 5.5″ x 3.5″ * (Landscape)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ (Portrait)
  • 8.5″ x 5.5″ * (Landscape)
  • 8″ x 10″ (Portrait)* Indicates Landscape


Why do artists need Stillman & Birn premium quality sketchbooks when there are many less expensive alternatives available?

Artists are using their sketchbooks in ever more challenging and inventive ways. As the sketchbook has evolved, many artists use their sketchbook as an art journal for finished artwork, utilizing a variety of dry and wet media. This type of artwork demands robust, high-performance art paper. And that’s why today, more than ever, paper quality matters so much to the sketchbook artist.

Stillman & Birn stands out in the crowded sketchbook market, offering a unique collection of archival quality, premium sketchbooks designed to work with many different kinds of media. Only Stillman & Birn offers a sketchbook system, allowing the artist to choose the paper weight, shade and surface type to suit their specific techniques. All of our papers have both internal and surface sizing, providing exceptional wet strength. All of our papers are true art papers that withstand multiple erasures and are suitable for precision work.

Because of the robust quality of our papers, we believe that our sketchbooks inspire creativity: artists can feel confident to experiment with new ideas and materials because our papers support the most demanding techniques on paper.

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Stillman & Birn is a brand associated with the art materials industry in the United States for decades. The original company was founded in 1958 by Philip Birn (1911 – 2004). Birn was a highly admired Viennese bookbinder, who brought his “old world” craftsmanship to a small plant in the SoHo section of Manhattan. SoHo is now filled with trendy shops, restaurants and residential lofts, but in the 1950’s SoHo was a center of light industry. From his plant at 270 Lafayette Street, Philip Birn pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook. The management team of the new Stillman & Birn organization follows its founder’s commitment to uncompromising quality and to developing new sketchbook forms that respond to the changing needs of artists.

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Stillman & Birn

HC 4×6", HC 5.5×8.5", HC 9×6" Landscape, HC A4 8.25×11.75", Soft 3.5×5.5 Portrait, Soft 5.5×3.5 Landscape, Soft 5.5×8.5" Portrait, Soft 7.5×7.5, Soft 8.5×5.5" Landscape, Soft 8×10", Wire 10×7" Landscape, Wire 6×8", Wire 7×10" Portrait, Wire 9×12"

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