Stillman and Birn Gamma Series Sketchbooks
Stillman and Birn Gamma sketchbooks feature high performance, pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free. The heavy-weight 150 gsm paper has a toothy, medium grain, ivory 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 sketchbooks contain 50 sheets. The covers are made with extra heavy-weight binders’ board that is tough and resistant to warping.
Gamma soft-cover sketchbooks feature high performance, pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free. The heavy-weight 150 gsm paper has a toothy, medium grain ivory surface, and is suitable for all dry media and ink. With both internal and surface sizing, it will accept light washes as well. The flexible, yet rugged covers have soft-bound sewn bindings and rounded edges to prevent fraying. Each soft cover book contains 46 sheets.
- Paper Colour: Ivory (soft cream)
- Heavyweight: 150 gsm (100 lb)
- Surface: Medium Grain
- Internal and external sizing
- Media: Dry Media, Light Wash, Inks
- Erasability: Suitable for precision erasing
- Caliper: superior wet and dry strength 235 (min) 245 (max) micro
- Tooth: Cold Press finish, distinctive tooth
- Sheffield Roughness Metric:: 350 SU
- Formation: Highly uniform fiber distribution provides surface strength and consistency
- Archival Quality
- Acid Free
- Alpha cellulose content 0.87%
- Neutral pH
- Chlorine and lignin free
62 Sheets – 124 Pages
*indicates A4 † indicates Landscape
50 Sheets – 100 Pages
† indicates Landscape
26 Sheets – 52 Pages
† 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.
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.