Cora Pearl - Monoline Lettering Techniques

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Monoline Lettering Techniques

Cora Pearl

1-Day Workshop

All Skill Levels Welcome

Lettering • Design


Monoline lettering is a great way to learn new styles of lettering and to delve in to the principles of lettering, layout, and design, without the added challenge of working with complicated tools. In this class we will learn several styles of monoline lettering that use B-nibs including the Art Nouveau lettering of Rennie Mackintosh and the architectural lettering of Frank Lloyd Wright among others. We will also explore different ways of working with letters that can be applied to other calligraphic styles and tools. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience and is ideal for those who are new to lettering arts. This workshop is a condensed version of a full semester hand lettering class that Cora created and teaches at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.



  • Prang watercolor set (16 colors) or, if you already have watercolors you can use those (make sure you have a nice selection of colors to use, at least 8 colors) (S609)
  • Arches hot press 140lb watercolor paper cut to 8” x 10” (8 pieces this size)
  • See-through practice paper such as Gilbert Bond OR Beinfang Marker paper OR Borden & Riley practice paper OR Canson Pro Layout Marker paper (NOT tracing paper!) (P32) (P70) (P09)
  • HB pencil (PL38)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Speedball B-nib set (comes with 6 B-nibs in different sizes) (N16-S6)
  • Two nib holders (H104)
  • Pen for taking notes
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum (small sized bottle, 45ml) (S198)
  • Brushes (any brand): ¾” watercolor flat brush; ½” watercolor flat brush; watercolor round brush (size 2); brush for loading paint on a nib (such as a cheap Round size 6 brush) (BR43) (BR30)
  • 2 small tortillions (blending stick for drawing)
  • Rubber cement eraser (S199)
  • Black gouache (WNG1)
  • Water container (S1005)