Beta Mixed Media Sketchbooks
The Beta Series from Stillman & Birn features high performance paper designed for mixed media applications The extra heavy-weight paper has a white cold-press surface that is suitable for all dry media and ink, as well as watercolor. In fact, they state Beta "lets artists drench their sketchbooks in water and pigment and try audacious new techniques." The flexible, yet rugged covers have soft-bound sewn bindings and rounded edges to prevent fraying. The paper contains both internal and surface sizing, is pH neutral, lignin and chloride-free, and 270 gsm thick. Each book contains 26 sheets.
FLAX art & design is a genuine Oakland institution. Opening their first store in 1938, they’re now on their 3rd generation of family ownership and have recently relocated to a beautiful new Downtown location that could best be described as a “toy store for artists.” 80 years in and they’re still putting art and community front and center. You can visit them at their own site here, or find more of their products right here on Keep Oakland Alive.