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Save 10% on Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

9 Apr

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For a limited time, enjoy 10% off Stillman & Birn fine quality sketchbooks when you buy 2 or more of any one style. Why love these sketchbooks, you ask?

1. Bindings : Choose from hard bound or spiral bound built between a cover of superior quality.
2. Premium Quality Paper : Archival paper holds up to dry & wet media.
3. Paper Style : White or ivory vellum, rough, or plate paper textures.
4. Paper Weight : Heavy or extra heavy – artist’s choice.

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GraF it Pads & Andy Warhol!

25 Jun

When these Clairefontaine Vintage Graf it Sketchpads arrived, we were instantly drifting off on a magical pop art daydream with muse Andy Warhol. We believe he would favor these sketchpads, as they’re perfect for bold prints, fine ornate drawings, or loose wacky lines. The heavy 41 lb. paper holds lots of color and is perfect for quick experiments with mixed media. We think he’d also get a kick that the covers are such a high-five to his style, giving each GraF it Pad holder their own 15 minutes of fame. With many cover colors, prints, bold retro typography, and 4 sizes, they’ve got lots of personality, just like him. Shop Clairefontaine GraF It Pads »

Here are our staff’s fave facts about Andy…

Andy was born Andrew Warhola on August 6th, 1928.

He contracted Sydenham’s chorea when he was a young boy, and his artistic mother encouraged him to pursue creating art while he was sick. Foreshadowing his future subjects, he started to collect pictures of movie stars. He would grow up to print celebrity works of Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor.

He was an art editor for his college’s student magazine, and broke into his wild world with a first job for Glamour magazine. First assignment : “Success is a Job in New York.”

Over a decade, Warhol worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and more high-profile clients.

His favorite thing to buy was underwear.

Warhol believed his gray hair in his 20′s helped people notice his youthful good looks.

He was a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy.” His mother collaborated on many of his artworks, and even signed his pieces sometimes.

Andy rented an abandoned firehouse as a painting studio in his early days, later moving up to the iconic Factory.

He was a regular volunteer for a homeless shelter while in New York City.

Andy was shot by a feminist three times in 1968. He was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, but later revived after intense surgery.

He was audited every year from 1972 until his death in 1987.

From the ’50s through the ’70s, Andy always kept a cardboard box beside his desk that he would fill with interesting ephemera. When they were full, he’d close and date them. By the time Andy passed away, he had assembled over 600 of these “time capsules.”

They’re fascinating! See the 21st time capsule here »

Salvador Dali once gave Warhol his used color palettes, he put them in a time capsule.

In the 80′s Warhol guest-starred in the 200th episode of The Love Boat. He was represented by a modeling agency, appeared in a Diet Coke commercial, and purchased 2000 bottles of Dom Pérignon to celebrate the new millennium.

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in the United States of America which is dedicated to a single artist.

For more, check out 82 Things You Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol. Find the car print here.

Introducing New Hand-Book Travelogue Series Sketchbooks!

8 May

Handbook Travelogue Sketchbooks on EuropeanPaper.com

NEW from Palomino: Luxe Folio Cover + Sketchbook

31 Oct

Palomino Luxury Medium Sketchbook & Folio Cover (5 x 8.25) on EuropeanPaper.com

We’ve fallen head over heels for the new Palomino Luxury Medium Sketchbook & Folio Cover (5 x 8.25). It’s a fantastic, luxurious, and hip Folio Cover for Palomino sketchbooks that can be bought separate and inserted in the cover. The high quality, super soft faux leather cover also offers a place to store your writing tools, has a magnetic closure, and brings a strong presence to your office desk, in your briefcase or backpack, and at home.

  • Features holders for eight pencils (the Palomino Mixed Grade Graphite Set fits perfectly!), one eraser, and one sharpener.
  • Comes in a Palomino embossed gift box.
  • Easy to travel with to keep your essentials nearby.
  • Replaceable sketchbook has 96 acid-free pages of 120 gsm weight.

Guest Post: Sketching + Watercolor in the Stillman & Birn Alpha Art Journal

28 Jun

Editor’s Note: Today’s blogger, Less, was one of three winners in our Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway, and received the Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Art Journal. She readily volunteered to write a guest review for our blog, and we’re thrilled to host her words, images, and videos today! Love what you see? Let her know in the comments!

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The sketchbook arrived to me well packaged and once the wrapping was removed I was quite impressed with the sketchbook. The covers feel very heavy and sturdy. Unlike some other sketchbooks I’ve bought they were not bowed and so far even with the oppressive Massachusetts humidity, they have remained flat and rigid. The black covering is black plastic with a nice faux leather grain. The back cover is debossed with the Stillman & Birn logo as well as Alpha, the sketchbook series. The coils are made of nice sturdy wire and painted black to match the cover. The holes for the rings are standard sized squares. They aren’t too tight nor are they sloppy, pretty much just right.

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Inside the covers are 50 leaves or 100 pages of 110 lb (150 gsm) heavy paper. The surface is a lovely cold pressed finish. When I looked at the paper I was surprised to find that Stillman & Birn refer to it as a cold press finish, as I generally think of CP paper as quite a bit rougher than these pages. It is a very subtle cold press finish. It’s quite smooth but has just enough texture to be interesting with a variety of materials. The paper is warm white in color without leaning into ivory.

I’ve tested a variety of materials on these pages and have been nothing but impressed. My fountain pens all love this paper. Ink looks great. Every color out of every pen just looks wonderful. The warm white shade really shows the colors off. Black is a nice deep black color, red pops off the page and my greys look perfectly silvery.

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Courtesy of Leslie Herger: ComfortableShoesStudio.com

Officially Stillman & Birn rates this paper as “good for light washes.” Of course I had to throw that caution into the wind and really slop some watercolor onto the page. With light to moderate washes I noticed some cockling of the paper, that mostly relaxed after drying, leaving only slight waves in the pages. The pages I dumped heavy amount of watercolors reacted pretty much as expected, lots of cockling and plenty of waves even when dry. The waves in the pages did decrease after closing the sketchbook for a few hours.

A surprising thing is that with both heavy amounts of ink and watercolor there was no soak through to the reverse side of the page. Which left me with both sides of the page being useful. The only soak through that I experienced was with spray inks when applied heavily and regular bullet point Sharpies. It felt great with a variety of pencils, I was able to lay down thick layers of pencil to create deep darks without the paper falling apart. Erasing pencil was great too, the paper stood up to my erasers and erases cleanly.

Overall I’m very pleased with the Stillman & Birn Alpha series paper, it works perfectly with my style of sketching and art journaling. I have no doubt that it would survive the abuse that most mixed media art journalers would throw at its pages.  I will be getting more.

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Meet the Writer: Less Herger is the owner and writer behind ComfortableShoesStudio.com and co-founder of PutitonPaper.org. She’s been making art for as long as she can remember and can’t imagine a day without her pen and ink.

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Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway Winners!

11 Jun

We were absolutely THRILLED at the response all last week to the Stillman & Birn Art Journal Giveaway. We picked three random winners, one from each of the following entry possibilities: Blog comment, Twitter response, Instagram art picture. And the three art journal winners are [drumroll please] …

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Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Dry & Light Washes; Vellum Finish; Natural White; 150 gsm Paper]

Blog Comment Winner: Leslie Herger

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Ideal for Multi-media; Rough Paper Surface; Natural White; 270 gsm Paper]

Instagram Winner: Dante O. of @BlackMarketArts

 

Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

 

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Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook

[Pen & Ink Drawings; Plate Finish; Natural White; 150 gsm Paper]

Twitter Winner: @HDoug

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, articles, tips & tricks, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

If you have any ideas or feedback, definitely let us know in a comment on this blog, or you can email us at info@europeanpaper.com!

GIVEAWAY: Let Your Creativity Flow with Stillman & Birn Art Journals! [Closed]

5 Jun

We’ve got three fabulous Stillman & Birn art journals to give away to our loyal followers! (Please read through all the contest details at the bottom of this post before entering!)

Each sketchbook is 6 by 8 inches with pH neutral paper. They vary in their paper weight and purpose, but each has internal and surface sizing that provides exceptional wet strength, and is compatible with precision erasing techniques. Best of all, the heavy-duty binder boards are incredibly tough and will protect your sketches, paintings, and more while resisting warpage. If you’re looking for the best in sketchbooks, look no further than Stillman & Birn!

And the three art journals to give away are …

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook
  • Media: Dry & Light Washes
  • Vellum Finish
  • Natural White
  • 150 gsm (100 lb) Paper
Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Alpha Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook
  • Ideal for Multi-media Renderings
  • Rough Paper Surface
  • Natural White
  • 270 gsm (180 lb) Paper
Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Beta Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook
  • Best for Pen & Ink Drawings
  • Plate Finish
  • Natural White
  • 150 gsm (100 lb) Paper
Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8) on EuropeanPaper.com

Stillman & Birn Epsilon Side Spiralbound Sketchbook on EuropeanPaper.com

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Contest Details:

  • This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.
  • Entry deadline is Friday, June 8, 2012 at noon MST.
  • Three random winners will be selected and announced on Monday, June 11, 2012 at noon MST.
  • You have three chances to enter (see details below).

How to Enter:

  • Comment on this blog post and tell us which sketchbook you prefer and what you would do with it!
  • Tweet the following: @StillmanandBirn art journal #giveaway on @EuroPaper’s blog! http://wp.me/p2cRT5-Nu
  • Snap a pic of some of your artwork (finished or in process) on Instagram and tag it with the following when you upload it: @StillmanandBirn art journal #giveaway on @EuroPaper’s blog! http://wp.me/p2cRT5-Nu

Sketching with Stillman & Birn

11 Apr

Shop Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks on EuropeanPaper.com

For artists of all ilk, we’ve got you covered with Stillman & Birn’s premium sketchbooks. Capture your work for years to come on Stillman & Birn’s archival-grade sketchbook paper where you can let your creativity flow in a variety of media.

S&B History

Stillman & Birn Alpha Hardbound Sketchbook (5.5 x 8.5)

Stillman & Birn Alpha Hardbound Sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5

Founded in 1958 by Philip Birn, a preeminent Viennese bookbinder who pioneered the concept of the traditional hardbound sketchbook, Stillman & Birn inspires artists with their focus on high quality sketch paper. Upon cracking open a new Stillman & Birn sketchbook, you’ll instantly feel the difference in the weight and tooth of the paper. Acknowledging the importance of sketchbooks in art history, Stillman & Birn support the evolution of the sketchbook with “true art paper” as they call it, meaning it can withstand multiple erasures, it’s suitable for precision work, and has internal and surface sizing to provide durability.

With both hardbound and spiralbound sketchbooks, Stillman & Birn offers you a platform for expression in either dry or wet media with their sketchbooks. Use colored pencils, ballpoint or rollerball pens, fountain pens with wet ink, watercolor, pencil, and much more.

Sketching in the Present

Stillman & Birn Gamma Side Spiralbound Sketchbook (6 x 8)

Stillman & Birn Gamma Side Spiralbound Sketchbook 6 x 8

Re-established in December 2010, the new Stillman & Birn organization is led by Birn’s nephew, Michael Kalman and his partner Oscar Hernandez, both with many years of expertise in sketchbook manufacturing. Kalman and Hernandez have revived S&B’s original mantra of “Paper Matters … Feel the Difference!”

Whether you use your sketchbook to jot down ideas and doodles, or for recording your art pieces, Stillman & Birn puts the choice in your hands so you can pick the ideal sketchbook for your art: white or ivory paper, heavy (150 gsm) or extra heavy (270 gsm) weight paper, and the three options of vellum, rough, or plate paper.

Stillman & Birn’s 5 Premium Sketchbook Series:

  • Alpha Series – 100 lb./150 gsm – White – Vellum Surface
  • Beta Series – 180 lb./270 gsm – White – Multi-media Surface
  • Gamma Series – 100 lb./150 gsm – Ivory – Vellum Surface
  • Delta Series – 180 lb./270 gsm – Ivory – Multi-media Surface
  • Epsilon Series – 100 lb./150 gsm – White – Plate Surface (smooth)

Bound in the USA with heavy-duty binder boards that resist warping, each sketchbook stands out as unique and robust – perfect for artists who care about their paper quality. You can always be confident you’ve got the best, when you’ve got a Stillman & Birn sketchbook.

Earth Day Sketch Contest!

7 Apr

Celebrate Earth Day with European Paper Co. by entering our sketch contest!

Enter our Earth Day Sketch Contest with one sketch / drawing of your choice that you feel embodies Earth Day. It can be literal or abstract, colorful or black & white. We want to see them all!

Scan your sketch or take a photo of it, and email it in a jpeg format to info@europeanpaper.com by April 18, 2012.

Please include your name, valid email address, and any commentary on your sketch you want to include.

The winner will be announced April 21 and will receive the following:

  • Cretacolor Black Box 20pc Drawing Charcoal & Pencil Set
    •  This drawing set includes ten different charcoals. It also includes two Monolith pencils, 6B and 9B, and six Nero pencils, unique drawing tools that combine natural waxes and black chalk to produce a smooth, glossy water-resistant line in rich black. The sleek 7.5×7.5 inch tin also provides an eraser and blender.
  • Stillman & Birn Delta Series Spiralbound Sketchbook (7 x 7 in.)
    • With 180 lb (270 gsm) extra heavy weight ivory paper.

*By submitting your photo, you confirm you own the rights to it, it is of your own work, and you give us permission to use it on our website or in any marketing material for European Paper Company.