Saturday, March 8, 2014

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook

I entered a contest on Facebook that Stillman and Birn was having and I won!!! My prize came yesterday in the mail.

Stillman and Birn is a US company that specializes in sketchbooks/art journals and art paper. They pioneered the concept of art journals being black hardbound sketchbooks. Phillip Birn began the company in 1958 at a small plant in the SoHo area of Manhattan, NYC.

Stillman & Birn created their sketchbooks with the mixed media journalist in mind. Their sketchbooks and art paper come in six styles. These styles are 100 lb.-180 lb. paper in vellum, cold press and smooth surfaces. The hardbound or wirebound sketchbooks come in 4"x6" to 11"x14" depending on the series you choose. The paper comes in 22"x30"sheets also chosen through a series.

When I was selected in the drawing, Stillman & Birn gave me a choice from the Beta series or  the Zeta series. I chose Beta because it is 180lb. cold press which is good for watercolor. Along with the paper, I won Caran D'Arche Aquarelle Pencil Set. I am a lucky lady!!!

I sat down today and played with my prizes. I sketched the red toddler shoes with the Aquarelle pencils. I then used my Royal 3/8" synthetic slant brush and water to paint the shoes. I enjoyed the paper and pencils alot. I look forward to filling these pages!

If you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter look up and connect with @stillmanandbirn. They hold a drawing every three months. Who knows the next winner could be you! :)


The beginning is the most important part of the work.Plato


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Congratulations Gaylynn …. these are wonderful prizes. Your sketch of the shoes is beautiful. I wish I could have seen your entry.

Gaylynn said...

Thanks Nancy. The entry was simply liking their page on Facebook to know when to email your name in. They have the drawing every three months and they draw 10 names each time. I have entered 3 times. So 3 times a charm worked for me. :) If you check out their website, Facebook, etc... I am small potatoes for the talented and world renowned artists that use these sketchbooks. You should see what they post from their sketchbooks!

debwardart said...

Congratulations! I'm just glad you are finding time to keep painting!

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