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Monoprint with Saul Bass Letterforms

Lieve Cornil
  • 5 days
  • Intermediate
  • EN

During these 5 days, we will discover the unique work, letterforms and letter compositions of graphic designer Saul Bass and how much fun they are to work with. Although the shapes can look rough and robust, we will find out how delicate and subtle some shapes were designed and spaced out to create strong and vibrant text-images. You will be shown how to design in a more free way: No x-heights, no pen-angle, no ruling out of baselines, but instead, you will be invited to focus on positive and negative space as the text reveals itself under your eyes.

We will use cut-out letterforms and introduce you to the technique of monoprinting. Each print you make from a plexiglass plate will be unique. We recommend students to have some preliminary knowledge of letter drawing. Students will be given lots of individual feedback and will be pushed to refine and extend their lettering, spacing and design skills.

This class will be taught in English. Instructor speaks both English and French.

Supply List

Writing tools:

  • black fine liners: e.g. Staedtler Lumicolor: F or S, M or B
  • black markers
  • pencils: 2B, HB, 4H
  • brushes to mix up the paint

Monoprint tools:

  • acrylics (black and white, as well as your favourite colours)
  • acrylic medium (4 oz)
  • acrylic retarder (4 oz)
  • watercolour pencils (IF you have them - you don’t need to buy them!)
  • 2 or 3 foam rollers
  • 2 monoprint (linoleum) rollers
  • Plexiglass - One small test sheet: max 15 cm x 15 cm (6” x 6”) (can be different height and width: e.g: 8 cm x 16 cm (3” x 6”) Should be no thicker than 3mm
  • Plexiglass - 2 larger sheets: max 40 x 50 cm (16 x 20”) (can be different height and width: e.g: 27 cm x 53 cm (11” x 20”) or whatever). Sheets should be no thicker than 3mm
  • 2 to 4 clean tea towels
  • Fine grain sandpaper – 350 or 400 grain


  • Stencil Paper or Freezer Paper – 2-4 sheets up to A3 size (11” x 17”)
  • tracing paper A3 (approx. 11” x 17”)
  • sketching paper A3 or lay-out paper A3 (11” x 17”)
  • 5-10 sheets of good quality paper, 50 cm x 60 cm (20” x 24”) or equivalent – e.g. Arches Text Wove (Velin), BFK Rives, Zerkall or Hahnemühle printmaking paper. Any quality paper will do, not too heavy: 120 gsm – 240 gsm max
  • writing paper to take notes


  • cutting mat is essential !
  • cutting tools: scissors, a precise & sturdy cutter or scalpel/X-Acto
  • eraser
  • Metal ruler: 30 cm (12”), also a set square 30 cm (12”) if you have one
  • clothes which can take some paint
  • kitchen towel
  • rags and containers to clean your brushes in
  • masking tape (both more and less sticky if you have)
  • some short texts, a few words you like to work with during the week
Supply Fee CA$10.00