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The Magnificent Monoline Letter

With Rick Paulus

Starting date : 6 April 2024

Fees : HK$ 1,170 or US$ 150

Workshop Description

The Monoline letter is ubiquitous and it has many voices. It was a favorite of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, it has been a staple of advertising for generations, and it takes on new life in the twenty-first century as it plays its role in the expressive calligraphy movement

Discover the diverse and lively world of the magnificent monoline letter in this colorful workshop where participants explore a playful world, free of the concerns of pen angles and thicks and thins!  From creating White House invitations (really!) to expressive calligraphy pieces and logo design, this pen is as diverse and easy to use as it is fun! Rick’s workshops often refer to history and the influence of calligraphy on type; in this workshop, participants will enjoy the process of flipping the tables as we use type as inspiration for calligraphy.  Colors will be flying, as we explore the life of our work using watercolor, gouache, masking fluids, and colored inks. If you are a skilled calligrapher and have not yet explored monoline lettering, this workshop will stretch your imagination as you let go of the restrictions of thick and thin strokes and add more range to your calligraphic voice. And, if you have never tried calligraphy at all, this workshop is a very welcoming entry to the wonderful world of letters. Regardless of skill  level, this workshop will bring new, exciting life to your work.


All levels.

Lesson 1

  • Setup of work stations

  • Brief history of speedball "B" and "A" nibs & The Monoline Letter

  • Initial mark-making exercise with B nib

  • Demo mixing and using gouache

  • Asemic monoline texture project 

  • Begin Roman Letters Texture Project

Lesson 2

  • Demo using watercolor and masking fluid

  • Continue Roman Letter Texture Project

  • Discuss Art Deco and Art Nouveau Monoline work

  • Art Nouveau Hand

  • Art Deco Hand

  • Create Art Deco or Art Nouveau piece

Lesson 3

  • Vanitie Roman

  • Iron Lace 

  • Special treatments to Monoline Letters

Lesson 4

  • Futuratcha is in your Future !

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 6 April, 2024

23:00 pm - 01:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 13 April, 2024

23:00 pm - 01:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 20 April, 2024

23:00 pm - 01:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 4

Saturday, 27 April, 2024

23:00 pm - 01:00 am (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Note to Students

  • This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live lessons will be recorded and available for 90 days following the final lesson.

  • All recordings expires on Saturday, 27 July, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Rick to critique.

  • Workshop handouts (if any), zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page one week (or as soon as practicable) before the first lesson.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time.

Recommended Workshop Supplies

  • Click here for the supplies list recommended for this workshop.

Workshop Boarding Page (Only for Enrolled Students)

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Refund Policy

  • All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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