Stillman & Birn

Stillman & Birn

Stillman & Birn is a leader in mixed media papers. The Stillman & Birn sketchbook system offers artists a choice of three paper surfaces: medium grain, cold press, and smooth. Explore the seven series of Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbooks and discover what makes our paper special.

Stillman & Birn has been associated with the art materials industry in the United States for decades. The original company was founded in 1958 by Philip Birn (1911 – 2004), a highly admired Viennese bookbinder who brought his "old world" craftsmanship to a small plant in the SoHo section of Manhattan. From his plant at 270 Lafayette Street, Philip Birn pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook.


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 products are proudly made in the USA and shipped from our manufacturing facility in Hamburg, NY. Because we are one of the few fine art companies that are vertically integrated, controlling the entire production cycle from manufacture of our papers through to the binding process, we are not only able to guarantee consistent quality, but also to minimize environmental impact.


Bound in the United States, our sketchbook system 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

Stillman & Birn Schematic

ALPHA Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Medium Grain
BETA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm White Cold Press
GAMMA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Ivory Medium Grain
DELTA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm Ivory Cold Press
EPSILON Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Smooth
ZETA Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm White Smooth
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Beige Medium Grain
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm Grey Medium Grain
NOVA Heavyweight– 150 gsm White Medium Grain

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