Liesbet Boudens
Bruges, Belgium

B05 — Design & Interpretation for Extraordinary Letters
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Lettering, Painting

Our aim is to create powerful work using a chosen poem, phrase, or sentence. We will start with Romans as a basis for built-up lettering and create small pencil sketches. Liesbet will use examples of her own pieces to take us through the initial design process. Using a copier to substantially enlarge our text we will refine and rework the letters. At several stages we will be talking as a group about the work of each student. As we develop our own style of drawn letters, each with unique character, we will study the meaning of our individual texts to suggest the shape and color of the lettering. Our goal will be to create a finished, expressive piece, with a very personal flavor for our words, painted in gouache or watercolor.

Supply List

  • 0.3mm automatic pencil w/refills
  • HB 2 pencil
  • 9B graphite pencil (I will bring some myself)
  • Eraser
  • Break-away-type knife
  • Scissor
  • Tape (artists)
  • Glue stick
  • Container for rinsing brushes
  • Rag for cleanup
  • Layout or marker paper (11” x 17” if possible)
  • Plastic triangle
  • Clear plastic measuring ruler (15” – 24”)
  • Old toothbrush and old brush for mixing gouache
  • Pointed brushes (choose a smaller and a bigger within the range of 00 – 2)
  • Palettes (any type)
  • Gouache (any type)
  • Watercolor
  • Colored pencils, soft and chalky (I will bring some myself)
  • Speedball pens C2 , C3, C4, and C5
  • Small pieces of cold press paper for exercises
  • Cold press paper (I mostly use Waterford 140 lb rough. Fabriano Roma (expensive!) is also good for gouache)
Liesbet Boudens was born 1957 in Bruges, Belgium. She specialized in art from age sixteen and trained as an art teacher. She studied painting with Dan Van Severen at Sint-Lucas Art Institute in Ghent. Liesbet currently teaches art in a secondary school in Bruges and teaches workshops in Belgium and abroad. Her web address is

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