Tina Koyama recently reviewed the Stillman and Birn Nova series beige paper sketchbook on The Well-Appointed Desk. Tina is a long-time fan of Stillman and Birn sketchbooks and was especially curious to check out this notebook after the announcement that Stillman and Birn had been acquired by Clairefontaine Rhodia (which is part of the same company as Quo Vadis planners and notebooks).
Tina used pencils on the paper and says, “The paper has a mild tooth that I adore with every form of pencil I’ve used on it – graphite, colored, charcoal, pastel.”
She also tested its performance with a brush pen and water brush and says, “Wet media will cause a bit of warping, but light washes will leave almost no trace after drying.”
Some of her favorite features of the sketchbook:
A huge benefit of all Stillman & Birn softcovers is that each page spread opens completely flat and stays open – very helpful if you scan your pages as I do. The paper is also completely opaque, so I can use both sides of the page with no ghosting.
You can buy Stillman and Birn sketchbooks in the USA at Jet Pens and other fine retailers!