Marian Gault: Old English Blackletter

Title: 
Old English Blackletter
Teacher: 
Marian Gault
Date: 
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Session: 
Morning
Level: 
All
Description: 

During the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries Blackletter was used by the church, which was the center of learning and scholarship at the time. Religious books, papers, and decrees were laboriously hand lettered, decorated, and produced in scriptoriums intentionally using the condensed Blackletter forms to save space on the precious and expensive parchment or vellum. Old English is a more embellished version of Blackletter which results in an elaborate ornamental style suitable for titles and special accents.  The style of Old English that will be presented was designed by Ross F. George and can be found in many editions of The Speedball Textbook.  Exemplars and detailed instructions will be provided.

Supplies: 

Straight pen holder, such as Speedball plastic holder or similar, or other holders which you may already have; broad-edge nibs, Speedball C-2, C-3 or other brands in similar widths; ink, such as walnut, Higgins Eternal, Moon Palace Sumi, or whatever works for you; Pigma Micron pen, small size (.005 or .01), black or color to match ink you are using; Borden & Riley Boris Layout translucent bond pad 9” X 12” or other paper you prefer which shows guidelines through it.

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