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!

3 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?


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