Cheryl Tefft - Blackletter Basics - Aug 11 through Sept 15

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Blackletter Basics
Taught by Cheryl Tefft

Have you fallen in love with the bold, dramatic blackletter style of calligraphy? This class will show you how to create it!
The blackletter family of letterforms has long been a favorite for text on diplomas, and is now experiencing fresh popularity as a featured style for tattoos and graffiti. If you are already comfortable using a broad-edge calligraphy pen, this class will teach you to how to unlock the intricacies of creating the blackletter style with that pen! Blackletter is one of the simpler calligraphy styles to learn in its basic form (which is what this class will be covering), with the potential for interesting and highly dramatic variations as you become more comfortable with it.

PREREQUISITE: Any comprehensive broad-edge calligraphy course (or the equivalent in independent study).

WHEN: This class includes FIVE weekly lessons, on Thursdays, August 11 through September 15, 2022 (no class on September 8), from 1 to 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time (equivalent to noon to 2 pm CDT, 11 am to 1 pm MDT, or 10 am to noon PDT).

FORMAT/RECORDINGS: This is a live small-group class with individual feedback, held online with recordings available afterward for all students enrolled.

FEE: $185 (US$)



  • Pencil, preferably mechanical, lead size approximately 0.5 mm (PL21)
  • Favorite materials for taking notes
  • White eraser of your choice; Pentel Clic suggested (E06)
  • Pad of Marker Layout paper or Layout Bond paper (P09-50), 8½ x 11” or larger, or similar non-bleeding translucent paper suitable for tracing
  • 18” metal ruler with cork backing (S271)
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Pilot Parallel Pen, 3.8 mm size (green cap) (FP67)
  • Ink cartridges for Parallel Pen (FP70 or FP71), at least 6 cartridges, assorted colors, or other suitable inks/colors of your choice which will show up on white paper
  • 11×17” grid pad, for practice, non-bleeding, 8 squares/inch, at least 50 sheets; John Neal grid pad recommended (P21)
  • One or two LARGE sheets of Arches Hot Press watercolor paper (90# or 140#; full sheets may be cut into quarters for shipping) (PS42 or PS47), OR similar smooth, non-bleeding watercolor paper of your choice

Optional items:

  • (Optional but highly recommended) Light pad (or light box) (S939 or S1013)
  • (Optional but highly recommended) Standard notebook with lined pages or a grid
  • (Optional but highly recommended) Binder (3-ring or similar) for handouts/other papers
  • (Optional but highly recommended) Sheet protectors (for handouts, especially those you want to refer to frequently)
  • A set of your favorite broad-edge dip pen nibs (with suitable straight holders), if you are already comfortable using them (we will mostly be using the larger sizes) (such as N04-S10A and H113)
  • Inks suitable for dip pens (if you plan to use them), such as gouache (such as WNG1), walnut ink (S449), or stick ink (such as IS11, IS29, or IS04) and ink stone (IS19)
  • Smooth, non-bleeding blank paper suitable for practice and printing guidelines on; approximately letter-size or larger, such as Rhodia brand paper (their No. 18 pad is the right size and type (P53))
  • Sample paper pack (PA101), primarily needed if you don’t already know what papers work best for you for finished projects
  • 2.4 mm Parallel Pen (FP67)
  • Anything else you normally use in your calligraphy practice