Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 28, 2014

Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook Review by Dawn

Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook Review


 Well, after Melissa took me on earlier this year to help with product reviews, I set about contacting many, many art supply companies to see if any would be kind enough to send out products for me to actually review. Most of the companies simply ignored my requests. I did receive a couple kindly worded rejections, but one did offer to give me a chance. Stillman & Birn sent out a few packets of their art paper samples along with sketchbooks to play in-oh sweet joy! And what did I do? Got sidetracked with other projects and then overwhelmed with the “What to do with these beautiful sketchbooks” feelings…So typical. I’ve had the very best intentions and tons of ideas for possibilities to play with. I just never had such good quality paper to play on! I’m a cheapskate at heart and as much as I love buying art supplies, I’d rather splurge on pens and paints—even though I know that the better the paper you use, the better your media performs. I’m learning…I’m learning…So, it was rather intimidating facing the blank page—I just didn’t want to mess it up or waste a single sheet!

When the books had first arrived, I did sit down with my Sharpies and drew up a doodled names of God sampler page:

sketch god


The paper is extra heavy weight, 180lb, so no worries about the markers bleeding through. I love the creamy ivory color of the Delta series, it gives a nice soft, warm background to work on. This particular sketchbook has a rough surface so the paper has a gentle tooth to it as well. It took the marker ink beautifully with no feathering at all.


I’ve also wanted to work with some wet media and so finally, all excuses shoved aside, I took out the Delta series today along with my Pitt pens, Inktense blocks, and Derwent Graphitone pencils, and went to work recreating one of Lori Vliegen’s cute, cute pages:

sketch chocolate


The paper held up really well with the wet watercolor, no curling or buckling. It drank up the color and gave a bright, beautiful finish.


What surprised me most was the reasonable cost of these sketchbooks! For such professional grade premium paper, I would think the retail would be much higher but they’re actually quite competitively priced with sketchbooks you might find at your local craft store. I certainly intend to continue using Stillman & Birn paper products—great quality for a great value!


To learn more about Stillman & Birn’s premium sketchbooks and paper products, go to:


Until Next Time,



DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this sketchbook from the Stillman and Birn for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links.



  1. Oooh, thanks for this- I saw this post late but glad I did!

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