Magnificent Monoline Letter

The Monoline letter is ubiquitous and has many voices. It was a favorite of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and continues to thrive today. Discover the diverse and lively world of the magnificent monoline letter in this colorful workshop with former White House chief calligrapher, Rick Paulus. From creating White House invitations (really!) to expressive calligraphy pieces and logo design, this pen is as diverse and as easy to use as it is fun! If you are a skilled calligrapher and have not yet played with monoline lettering, this workshop will stretch your imagination as you let go of the restrictions of thick and thin strokes. And, if you have never tried calligraphy at all.... this pen is a welcoming entry level tool. Regardless of skill level, this workshop will bring new, exciting life to your work.

Supplies
  • Slant board/desk that slants up to 20 degrees or more. Any stiff board, even two pieces of foamboard taped to-gether, measuring at least 18" x 20" (Masonite works best, and plexiglass work well also) (S690)
  • Full set of Speedball "B" series nibs (N16-S6)
  • Minimum of three straight penholders--full complement of 6 is best. (H104)
  • Black ink (Sumi Moon Palace recommended) (I70)
  • Gouache - Small tube(s) (Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke....) or pan set (WNG1, HG800-5, SG27)
  • (You will be creating much of your work in color during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colors you need on hand. Minimum one color, in addition to the black ink you will be using.)
  • Watercolor - Small tube(s) (Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Dr. Martin, QoR.....) or pan set (WNWC1, S1032, S1050)
  • You will be creating much of your work in color during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colors you need on hand. Minimum one color, in addition to the black ink you will be using.
  • An old "retired" small brush for mixing colors (can be poor quality!) The more, the merrier! (BR43)
  • Paper will be provided
  • Mechanical pencil -- Rick likes to use a medium-hard lead, .05, HB. Others prefer a softer lead, still others prefer good -ol' wooden pencils with frequent sharpening. (PL21)
  • Clean plastic eraser such as Staedtler/Mars, Tombow, or clean kneaded eraser. (E13, E22, E09)
  • A metal ruler will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge. (S270)
  • Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2" or 3/4" roll. (S699)
  • Water container and paper towels or clean up cloths (S1005, S817)
  • Text from which to work.
  • T square -- Recommended but not required. (S753)
  • Triangle -- 90 degree plastic triangle recommended but not required (S464)
  • Craft knife -- recommended but not required (S417)
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