Cheryl Tefft - Fabulous Fraktur - Jan 19 - Feb 23, 2023

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Fabulous Fraktur

Cheryl Tefft


Live (Also recorded for later viewing)

1/19/2023 - 2/23/2023

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Eastern


Skill Level: Intermediate


Are you interested in learning to write in the Fraktur calligraphy style—a fun yet elegant variation of blackletter? 


The Fraktur lettering style is like blackletter with its party clothes on! It's got the boldness of traditional blackletter, with more swing and flair If you have previously studied blackletter (though that's not required for this class), you'll find that this style will take what you learned and expand it in a variety of new and interesting directions. It is quite similar to Gothicized Italic, a.k.a. pointed Italic.


In this class we will not only learn the letterforms of this style, with variations, we will also study techniques for enhancing any broad-edge lettering style, along with refining our skills by creating finished projects using what we have learned.


PREREQUISITE: Students will have the best preparation for success in this class if they have sufficient previous calligraphy studies to be quite comfortable working with broad-edge calligraphy pens, preferably including broad-edge dip pens. Previous studies of blackletter styles are helpful but not required.


Class Cost: $235.00 USD


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Supply List:


S271. Ruler, 18"


S1017. Small dropper bottles with watertight caps, Qty. 2


S632. Protractor


S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist's tape, 1 roll


E06. Eraser


Distilled water, Qty 1 quart


Paper towels, Qty 1 roll


Favorite note-taking materials


Cleaning supplies for all of your brushes and tools (toothbrush, liquid soap, etc.)


*Optional* but highly recommended: 3-ring binder with page protectors, for standard 8 ½ x 11" handouts; Qty 1 binder and 1 box page protectors



Writing tools:


PL21. Pencil, Qty 1


N04, N04-S10A OR N04-S10B. Mitchell roundhand square (right hand) nibs (you can substitute a different brand of broad-edge dip pen nibs if you prefer, or a set for left-handers if needed); Qty 1 full set OR *at least* the 3 largest nib sizes


H104, H111, H112, H113, H122, H138, H63, H77, or H78, or other brand of your choice. Straight penholders of your choice, Qty 2


N113 OR N118. Nikko G and/or Zebra Comic G pointed nibs; Qty 2


FP67. Parallel Pen, 3.8 mm size; Qty 1


Optional: FP67. Parallel Pen, 2.4 mm size; Qty 1


Optional: M17. Pigma Micron fine-point markers (black ink), size 01, OR similar, Qty 1





FP69 or FP70. Parallel Pen cartridges (or other suitable ink for the Parallel Pen); Qty 6 cartridges or equivalent


Ink—Any suitable type(s) of your choice (free-flowing and non-metallic); NOTE: Check your labels—acrylic or waterproof inks are NOT recommended for this class unless you are pretty experienced!); suggested options include:

     1) WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3. Winsor Newton gouache, any color(s) you like that show(s) up well on white paper (can substitute another brand of gouache if you prefer); Qty 1 or more tubes; AND/OR

     2) S449. Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form); highly recommended (if you only get one writing fluid that you haven’t gotten comfortable with before, get this one); Qty 1 oz. or more; AND/OR

     3) I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132. Bister ink (similar to walnut ink, but more color options, all in earthy tones; recommend getting the 4-color set, I157-S4); Qty 1 color or more; AND/OR

     4)   IS08 or IS29 (1st choice), OR IS06 or IS11 (2nd choice). *PLUS* IS19. Black ink stick (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be Eiraku Ink Stick or Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black, or if those weren't available, 2nd choice would be Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409 or Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213. (NOTE: If you get an ink stick, you MUST also obtain an ink stone in order to use! [IS19, Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone 24025, is my top recommendation]); Qty 1 ink stick and 1 ink stone; AND/OR 

     5) I04. Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors, Qty 1 bottle


I84. Gum arabic, liquid, Qty 1 bottle


*Optional*: S1000. Coliro (FineTec) paints, any colors you want for writing; Arabic Gold is the most popular (in addition to the single-pan refills, a wide variety of sets of colors are also available), Qty 1 or more 


*Optional*: S999, S1016, or S1113. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set; Qty 1 or more as needed





P21, P22, P56 or P55. Grid paper, approximately 8½ x 11" or larger (Rhodia brand is a favorite); Qty 1 pad


PS42, PS47, PA42, PS110, PA110, or PA26. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge Hot Press, or Strathmore. Be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties. (A sample pack may be helpful; see below); Qty: at least two large sheets OR one large sheet and at least 10 smaller sheets 


*Optional*: P53. Rhodia blank pad (or your favorite blank paper for practice), approximately 8½ x 11" or larger;  Qty 1 pad, or about 50 sheets


*Optional*: P58, P87, or P81. Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (lined or unlined); Qty 4 sheets


*Optional*: PA101. Sample pack of watercolor papers to test for projects, Qty 1 sample pack 


*Optional*: P09-50. Layout paper, 8½ x 11 inches or larger, Qty 1 pad



Other tools:


BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink (1/4" rough-haired flat brushes are best); Qty 4 or more brushes 


S1064, S934 or S852. Dinky dip, Qty 1 small vial


S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips, Qty 1+ (at least 4 jars)


Dedicated cover sheet: Recommend using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color


*Optional*: S1626. Pen rest, Qty 1


*Optional*: Rubber jar opener, a flat, flexible piece of rubber used for persuading stuck equipment to un-stick without damage, Qty 1


*Optional*: S1074 or S231. Nib containers (plus small labels for the compartments) Qty 10 (or enough to have separate compartments for each variety/size of nibs you use)


*Optional*: Thin lint-free rags (old cotton t-shirts work well)—some people prefer these to paper towels for using as pen wipes, Qty about 5


*Optional*: S752. Slant drawing board (large size recommended; suggest pairing with a light pad or at least a small fluorescent light fixture to put under board), Qty 1


*Optional*: S1013. Light pad, Qty 1



Suggested books:


*Optional* (but highly recommended): B4346. The Speedball Textbook; Qty 1


*Optional* (but highly recommended): B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy, by Sheila Waters; Qty 1

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