Blackletter: Textura to Fraktur


Photo by my teacher

Re-posting the photo from my teacher. See how much fun we have in calligraphy class? :)

The last class of Blackletter was this week. I learned a lot and really enjoyed this age-old letterform! It took me a while to “warm up” to Gothic. I found Textura really difficult because it is so structured, but I incorporated it into a fun Halloween project. Once we started moving to Fraktur, I started to like Blackletter more and more. Around Thanksgiving, it began to feel more comfortable and I was able to see some progress.


Photo by my teacher

Photo by my teacher


Other than using a pen and nib, we also did Gothic calligraphy with flat brushes. I really had fun using a brush! I did this quote by naturalist John Muir in the style of Austrian calligrapher Friedrich Neugebauer (1911-2005). I also did a fun practice sheet based on a TV show I’ve really enjoyed recently: American Horror Story: Coven. Gothic script and witches go together well!


To finish up the session, we bound all our practice sheets into a book. I wrote large capital letters with olive green gouache and then used watercolor and a larger brush for a layering effect. It turned out to be a nice cover.

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Gothic script was really enjoyable. Even though this session has ended, I hope to keep practicing, especially with brushes.

Next weekend is the Letters California conference – I won’t be attending the full-day workshops (maybe next year!) but I got into a mini workshop on Saturday evening. I’m really looking forward to it!

4 thoughts on “Blackletter: Textura to Fraktur

  1. Scarlet

    I love that brush lettering and the texture you’ve created. I am very rusty with my Gothic… I think I need to spend some time with my neglected broad nibs.


    Hi, awesome work! I know this post is pretty old but i’m looking for Blackletter Calligraphy Workshops or anything like this in los angeles. Do you have any pointers?

    1. linda Post author

      There actually is one currently – if you are anywhere near Tujunga: Sylvia Kowal of the Society for Calligraphy is teaching a Textura Workshop:
      McGroarty Arts Center
      7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga
      To register: 818-352-5285


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