Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto. All available as a digital download:
For the Calligraphy Review Service all you need is a camera or scanner, and ability to send your images through the internet (e.g. email). It is as easy as taking a photo with your mobile phone and sending it. I then review and comment on your work.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards maintaining the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto’s website (a non-profit arts guild in Canada).
This entire eBook was created with open source software – GIMP for image manipulation, Inkscape for all diagrams and exemplars and Scribus for desktop publishing. All graphics for the video based training course were also created using open source software. Amazing software tools that work great together!
The video based training course is ALSO AVAILABLE IN 720 HD FORMAT FOR A TOTAL DOWNLOAD OF 4.5GB.
Below is a listing of the course topics . . .
- Welcome Page
- Table of Contents
- 10mm wide flat-brush or similar . (introductory brushes are around $5 to $10). The course notes have been designed around this ( 3/8th inch, 10mm) size. A Winsor & Newton brush or any brush with spring is acceptable. Curry’s, Michaels, or even a local paint and wallpaper store will have these available.
- A palette to thin paint.
- Cup for water and mixing paint.
- Acrylic paint (red, black, or dark colour). I recommend picking up a few tester paints for a $1.00 each. You don’t actually need much paint as it lasts quite long when thinned properly.
- Some extra paper (no much, just regular bond paper, nothing special as it is for practice)
- Part 1
- About Me
- What You will Learn in this Course
- History of Gothic Fraktur
- Fraktur is known by . . .
- North American Versions of Fraktur
- What do I bring to Gothic Fraktur
- Why Fraktur and Brush Calligraphy?
- Inspiration and Analysis of Fraktur?
- Lettering Fraktur is an Art Form
- Getting Started – Thinning the Paint
- Three Key concepts to Learning Calligraphy and Lettering
- Letter size considerations
- Understanding splay
- Brush basics warm up exercises
- Pen manipulation exercise
- Cleaning your brushes
- Part 2
- Case study – Lettering on glass
- Case study – Creating layout patterns
- Architecture of the Gothic Fraktur Letter
- Using other pens to better understand the Gothic letter architecture
- Calligraphy paper and inks
- Using graph paper with your liners?
- Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering Colours
- Upper Case Letters – A – M
- Part 3
- Case Study – Creating a mural
- Upper Case Letters – N- Z
- Class assignment details
- Part 4
- Why flourish or decorate letters?
- Adding Decoration and Flourishing
- Lower Case Letters a – m
- Part 5
- Digital calligraphy
- Case study – Lettering using oil based paints
- Lower Case Letters n – z, 0 – 9
- Part 6
- Special Letter Effects
- Resources for you after this class
- Next Steps / Applications of Flat Brush Fraktur
- Share your Calligraphy with Social Media
Exemplars Designed For Brush Calligraphy
- 10MM 7X GOTHIC FRAKTUR CAPITALS
- 10MM 4X GOTHIC FRAKTUR CAPITALS
- 10MM 7X GOTHIC FRAKTUR LOWERCASE
- 10MM 5X BLANK LINER
Exemplars Designed for Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens
- 6MM 7X GOTHIC FRAKTUR CAPITALS
- 6MM 7X GOTHIC FRAKTUR LOWERCASE
- 6MM 7X GOTHIC FRAKTUR BOLD CAPITALS
- 6MM 5X BLANK LINER
- Special Acknowledgement
- Credits / End Notes – BOOKS
- Credits / End Notes – IMAGES
- Contact & Connect with Steve Czajka
- Interested in setting up a Live Course?
- Thank You!