Product testing: Stillman & Birn softcoverPosted: September 17, 2016
This week I’m trying out the softcover versions of the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. I seem to remember that there was a problem with the binding of these books when they first appeared last year, but the issue has been resolved and the books I have are the new ones, both the Beta and the Zeta series. These work best for me because they are the thickest papers and since I throw a lot of water around, thinner paper like in the Alpha Series book doesn’t cut it for me. I like this format for everyday sketching — the horizontal 5.5 x 8.5 book fits in my small sketch bag and I have to admit that the softcover is much easier to hold than the heavier hardcover books. Today I used the Beta series for my sunflower sketch, and even with all the water I used, the paper is still flat. I like the pebbly texture of the Beta series, the way it maintains the vibrancy of colour and the way it lays flat on the scanner. More tests to come tomorrow when I take it on the road to my favourite market.