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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.

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American Gothic


I started a new calligraphy session in the Fall – Gothic/Blackletter. After working on pointed pen calligraphy all summer, getting back to the broad nib pen took some getting used to. We started with Textura which felt very structured, and of course, I didn’t like it at all. But after several weeks of keeping at it, I can finally say: I like Gothic! I just couldn’t get my writing to look as beautiful as I want it to be, but that’s something to work hard for.

Today I decided to have a bit of fun and made a garland for Halloween. After all, nothing’s more perfect for Halloween than the Gothic hand!


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