Nina Tran - Introduction to Gothicized Italic - Dec 10, 11, 17

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Introduction to Gothicized Italic            

Nina Tran         


12/10/2022 - 12/11/2022 and 12/17/2022         

09:00 AM Pacific

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)


Class Schedule:

This is a 2-day online class via Zoom with a follow-up Q&A session.


Class: Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, 2022

9:00AM - 2:00PM (Pacific Standard Time) with 1 hour lunch break


Follow Up Q&A: Saturday, December 17, 2022

9:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time)


Class recordings will be available for viewing until February 28, 2023 at 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time).


All Skill Levels                                                               


Gothicized Italic is a broad-edged calligraphy developed by Edward Johnston (1872-1944) in the mid-1920s and originally referred to this script as “Compressed Hand” and “Heavy Italic”.  This script is based on a compressed and pointed parent oval form and can be written upright or with a slight slope. Johnston combines the advantageous elements of Blackletter styles.  It is compact and narrow in form like Gothic Textura with a pointed parent 'o' like that of Batarde styles and energy of Gothic Cursives.  The late Sheila Waters further developed this style into a more vigorous and lively script, making it an immediate favorite among scribes all over the world.


In this class, we will learn:

- Broad pen basics

- Characteristics that define Gothicized Italic as a Gothic script as well as what sets it apart from other Blackletter styles

- Stroke-by-stroke formation of Gothicized Italic minuscules

- Stroke-by-stroke formation of Fraktur majuscules

- Spacing and simple variations


Price: $130 USD


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Supply List:

  • 3.8mm Pilot Parallel Pen (FP67)
  • Ink cartridge refills (FP70) (FP69)
  • Paper (two options):
    • You may print guide sheets directly onto your paper, or
    • Print 1 copy of each guide sheet to slip under your choice of marker/layout paper (ex: Canson Marker Paper, Borden & Riley Marker Layout Paper, etc) (P32) (P09-50) (P2012).  You'll need 2 paper clips to fasten the guide sheet to your marker paper.
  • Double pencils (we will make in class):
    • 2 sharpened pencils (PL38)
    • 2.5 x 4"" scrap piece of paper
  • 2-3 different colored pens for taking notes (M96) (M138) (M137)
  • Mechanical pencil and eraser (PL21) (E13)
  • 12"" ruler (S270)
  • (Optional) suitable ink for dipping (ex: fountain pen ink of a different color from ink in the cartridge) (I2103) (I04) (S3000)
  • Washi Tape (S1145)
  • Clean water
  • Paper Towels