Welcome to the

Blackletter Masterclass

Learn Blackletter Calligraphy
the easy way.

(Even if you don’t have neat handwriting ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Discover the proven techniques that have helped thousands of students learn to write beautifully

So, what exactly is

Calligraphy?

You might think it’s just an old-fashioned style of lettering (it’s literally called “Old English” in books and references), but, from TV shows to logos, products, and advertising,
it’s still hugely popular in art, design, and branding.

There are no limits to what you can make
with what you’ll learn in this course.

Here are just a few examples of what you can create with these skills…

Calligraphy is one of the most rewarding skills you’ll
ever learn
Combining simple tools with a skill as familiar as writing the alphabet to make magic on a page is a joy
“How excellent that handwriting can provide an outlet for skill and esthetic feeling…How satisfying when something ordinary and commonplace is raised toward the beautiful.”

โ€“ Alfred Fairbank, Calligrapher, Palaeographer, Author

From kids to adults, there’s also a growing body of research about the benefits of handwriting…

From a recent study of 42 adults conducted at the Johns Hopkins Department of Cognitive Science

“The finding that the benefits of writing practice extend beyond penmanship to both letter and word comprehension and production indicates that handwriting can be a productive use of learning time.”

โ€“ Robert W. Wiley and Brenda Rapp. “The Effects of Handwriting Experience on Literacy Learning.” Psychological Science (First published: June 29, 2021)

From a recent study of school-aged children and adults at the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at NTNU

“We conclude that because of the benefits of sensory-motor integration due to the larger involvement of the senses as well as fine and precisely controlled hand movements when writing by hand and when drawing, it is vital to maintain both activities in a learning environment to facilitate and optimize learning.”

โ€“ Eva Ose Askvik, F. R. (Ruud) van der Weel and Audrey L. H. van der Meer. “The Importance of Cursive Handwriting Over Typewriting for Learning in the Classroom: A High-Density EEG Study of 12-Year-Old Children and Young Adults.” *Frontiers in Psychology* (First published: July 28, 2020)

You don’t need an art degree or to be a scholar to learn calligraphy. You don’t even need neat handwriting!

All you need is a pen, ink, some paper, and
the curiosity to learn
– this class will give you the rest ๐Ÿ‘

So, why do so many people give up on Blackletter?

It usually boils down to two things:
“Blackletter looks intimidating” and “I don’t know where to start”

It looks intimidating

You see this beautiful writing out in the world or an artist online creates a masterpiece seemingly effortlessly, and you figure, “There’s no way I could do that.”

Every creative person, whether they practice for fun or have an audience of millions, knows this feeling but there are so many wonderful, rewarding experiences on the other side.

Using a lesson learned from a little locomotive all that’s needed is a courageous pivot to: “I think I can…” ๐Ÿš‚

There’s a universe of possibility in that one mental shift, and learning this art is easier than you think!

Where do I start?

Does this sound familiar? You find a book with lots of different alphabets, and they all have arrows pointing every which way for every single letter (often with instructions on twisting and turning your pen while making each line).

It feels like it would be a miracle to successfully pull off one letter – let alone a word, sentence, or an entire paragraph.

You still try – you get some supplies, make your first line, and the ink bleeds everywhere.ย  It’s a mess and looks nothing like the book.

Learning calligraphy feels like mission impossible.

You can absolutely learn to write beautifully, even if
you’ve struggled before

So how do you succeed at learning this art? How do you avoid the uncertainty and frustration?

You get the right toolsย and use a system that’s easy, fun, and that works

That’s it.

Having the right tools will transform your writing experience from frustrating to fun

(Note that the “right tools” doesn’t mean the most expensive)

Next, all you need is a little guidance – a system that’s flexible, easy to follow, and keeps you coming back for more because it’s fun and you genuinely feel like you’re making progress.

This system makes learning the letters easy so you can
focus on having fun without all the guesswork

Two learning approaches for everything single letter, so you can use the method that fits you best.

Follow the innovative new builder system guidesheets that students are loving or use familiar traceable guides to learn these unique and approachable alphabets.

All guides are also provided for five different pen sizes so you have all the resources to support you whether you’re just starting or are ready to tackle larger size pens.

You’ll get hundreds of pages of instructional books, guidesheets, presentations, and more giving you plenty of support and countless hours of inspiration.
Enjoy endless creative freedom – wow friends and family with art you make with just a single letter

Create fun variations with even minor tweaks or additions to each letter.

Let your imagination run wild as you use these letters in designs ranging from traditional to modern, futuristic, and experimental

Relax and enjoy the calming journey of learning Blackletter –
I believe in a positive, supportive, and light-hearted teaching style, so you’ll get lots of encouragement to play and have fun while you learn ๐Ÿ˜Š

This class distills thousands of hours of teaching and learning experience into an immersive, comprehensive course.

Learn using the new Blackletter Builder System that gives you a clear structure for learning the letters.

By the end, you’ll know how to easily write a flexible lowercase and two uppercase alphabets.

You’ll also and have tons of ideas for using your new skills to make awesome calligraphy art.

All of the material is presented using a fun and positive teaching style that’s super supportive,ย encouraging you to play and have fun while you create ๐Ÿ˜Š

As you’re working your way through the course,
here’s a flavor of what you’ll get:

The Complete Blackletter Builder Collection

You’ll get immediate, early access to these new products. This collection includes a massive collection of guides and worksheets with detailed, step-by-step instructions for writing three alphabets in a traditional style so you know exactly where to start.

Tools & Maintenance

You’ll get complete guides of tools and supplies including how to maintain your pens so that you can keep them working for years. You’ll also also get essential kit recommendations so you don’t waste money on supplies you don’t immediately need.

Color Theory

You’ll learn essential color concepts and how they relate to writing supplies so you’ll understand how to work with color and make informed ink and paint purchases.

Posture & Ergonomics

You’ll get a guide and accompanying video with information about setting up a comfortable workstation, and tips to help protect against injury and repetitive strain.

Letter Variations

Explore the magical world of letter variations. Curious how to play with the letters and even create your own alphabets? We’ll spend over two hours working with the alphabet so that you can learn to experiment with your own signature style.ย 

Calligra-Construction Kit

You’ll get an incredibly flexible set of lettering guides with all the structure you need to write every single letter. They’re fantastic for playing around with letter variations you’ll get a crazy range of sizes ranging from 2.4mm to a massive 26mm (that’s not a typo!) so that you can use for any project from tiny to preposterously huge ๐Ÿ˜

Manuscript Library

You’ll learn from and get inspired by historical masters and scribes in the Massive Manuscript Library. Many of these individual references have hundreds hundreds of pages of breathtaking calligraphy – a lifetime of inspiration! Save countless hours of searching with this handle reference library that I’ve compiled for you.

Letter Spacing

You’ll learn the foundational concepts and approach to letter spacing – a question that comes up in almost every Blackletter class. This includes tons of individual letter pair combinations and how they were historically written in manuscripts so you’ll have plenty of references to refer to when you need help.

Tips for Lefties

A collection of tips and ideas for approaching left-handed calligrafriends. Full transparency, I’m right-handed, but I’ve collected tips from several resources into one handy reference.

Flourishing Basics

You’ll learn foundational concepts for experimenting with flourishing so you can dive into the magical world of embellishing your letters.

Composition Fundamentals

You’ll learn concepts to build beautiful compositions.ย Think introduction to composition will add several tools to your creative toolbelt when you make your next masterpiece.

Infinite Inspiration Engine

You’ll learn how to build an Infinite Inspiration Engine so that you’ll have and endless list of awesome stuff to write when you sit down to write. This section also includes tons of inspirational quotes, passages, poems, and pangrams to jump start start your collection. You’ll never be at a loss for what to write again!

Popular Word Guidesheets

You’ll get traceable guides of over 70 popular words written in blackletter. This isn’t just a list of words – these are traceable guidesheets of dozens of popular words that you can combine to write personal messages, greetings, and more. The guides are provided for five common pen sizes, maximizing your ability to use them for a variety of projects.ย 

And there’s more!

With over 10 hours of video instruction, well over 1,000 pages of books and guides, lots of handy tools, and some amazing bonuses there’s still plenty more to discover in this one-of-a-kind resource.

This course delivers value wherever you are in your journey…

Beginner

If you’ve never tried calligraphy, this class is a perfect place to start. Save countless hours and money by starting with the right tools and resources all in one convenient place. Plus, with ongoing access, there’s no rush to consume everything in a rush – you get the flexibility to learn and advance at your own pace.

Intermediate

Already have some calligra-skills under your belt? Awesome! This class will introduce you to three traditional Blackletter alphabets, including a unique version of two uppercase alphabets. You’ll also get all the other content, resources, and tools – dive into color theory, advanced project ideas, composition, nuances of letter spacing, and more.

Advanced

Already a Blackletter superstar? Dig into topics like color theory, posture tips, composition, and explore the incredible collection of historical resources in the manuscript library. I can’t tell you how many times I got lost looking at these building this class. Some of the books have hundreds of pages packed with amazing lettering, flourishes, cadels, and much, much, more!) – a lifetime of inspiration!

One more thing… Who’s the instructor?

If we haven’t met before – hi, I’m Tamer ๐Ÿ‘‹
your friendly neighborhood calligrafriend

Ever since I was a kid, my heart’s belonged to the world of art and creativity – enchanted by the hum of lightsabers, the voyages of enterprising starships,ย  and the heroic deeds of superheroes.

From drawing to photography, music to fountain pens, I’ve had quite a creative journey – but when I found calligraphy, I knew I’d discovered something special.

I’ve been honored to have my work shown in exhibitions, galleries, and published internationally, but I found real magic in teaching and sharing the joy of calligraphy with thousands of enthusiastic creatives across the world.

There’s nothing like seeing a student’s eyes light up, beaming with happiness because they made something they’re proud of.

Even better is seeing them realize that they were always capable of making beautiful art and just needed a little help onto the path of a lifetime of creative fulfillment.

This is the โœจmagicโœจ I can’t wait to share with you…

Okay, I get it – this Blackletter class sounds awesome.
But what’s actually in the course?
What do I get when I enroll?

Great question ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s what the course curriculum looks like:

๐Ÿ‘‹ Introduction

This section provides an introduction, welcome, and overview of the course with some suggestions on where to start with the class materials.

๐Ÿงฐ Section 1: Supplies & Maintenance
  • In this section, you’ll get my complete supplies guide listing all of my favorite calligraphy tools.
  • There’s also a book that covers just the essentials so that you don’t waste money and end up with a bunch of tools you don’t need
  • You’ll also learn about some of my “secret weapons” of calligraphy supplies and favorite tools I use to run my creative business.
  • We’ll also walk through a few tips on storing your pens and how to clean and maintain them.
โœ๏ธ Section 2: Lowercase Alphabet Walkthrough
  • A full walkthrough using the Blackletter Builder guidesheets included with the class.
  • We’ll step through every lowercase letter – I’ll show you how to construct each one using a few easy, basic lines.
โœ๏ธ Section 3: Simple Uppercase Alphabet Walkthrough
  • A full walkthrough using the Blackletter Builder guidesheets included with the class.
  • We’ll step through uppercase letter – I’ll show you how to construct each one using a few easy, basic lines.
โœ๏ธ Section 4: Fancy Uppercase Alphabet Walkthrough
  • We’re leveling up now! This section includes a full walkthrough of a fancier uppercase alphabet using the Blackletter Builder guidesheets included with the class.
  • We’ll step through every lowercase letter – I’ll show you how to construct each one using a few easy, basic lines.
๐Ÿ”ฌ Section 5: Letter Variations
  • Now we’re really having some fun – we’re familiar with the alphabet and will just have some fun playing with the letters.
  • This section is entirely focused on free exploration – modifying and playing with the letters to create entirely new alphabets.
  • We’ll step through each one of the lowercase letters and invent multiple variations of each one.
  • By the end of this section, you’ll have a taste for just how fun and flexible this style of calligraphy can be ๐Ÿ˜Š
๐Ÿ“ Section 6: Letter Spacing
  • In this section, we unlock the mysteries of letter spacing.
  • We’ll boil down a complex topic into two basic systems
  • You’ll also get my collection of letter spacing guides with tons of historical references showing how words and letter pairs were constructed and combined
โœ’๏ธ Section 7: Flourishing Basics
  • In “Flourishing Basics” we’ll review my basic flourishing categories
  • We’ll also review how I approach flourishing in my work and some fundamental rules that you can use in yours
๐Ÿง  Section 8: Project Ideas
  • If you think the only way to use Blackletter Calligraphy is to write blocks of text in old-fashioned books, then you’re really going to enjoy this section
  • We’ll review several ideas for creatively working with Blackletter, including pulling it through the time-space continuum into the 21st century and combining it with modern software programs
  • Get your flux capacitors ready – this one’s going to be fun!
๐Ÿ““ Section 9: Terminology
  • If you’ve ever heard one of those fancy calligraphy or typography words, but weren’t sure what it actually meant – this terminology section is for you.
  • I’ve compiled a collection of the most comment terms and created a visual, blackletter-focused reference guide.
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Section 10: Composition
  • The goal of this section is to fill up your calligraphy tool belt.
  • In the “Composition” section, we’ll review key concepts of layout and design.
  • You’ll build an understanding of the key tools used to create dynamic, interesting compositions
๐Ÿ’ช Section 11: Posture
  • The goal of this section is to share some suggestions for good posture and workstation setup while you work
  • We’ll go over some key considerations for your work space and talk about tips to help with your posture, protecting against long term injury and repetitive strain.
๐Ÿ“ Section 12: Practice Tips
  • If you need a hand figuring out how to structure your practice, in this section we’ll discuss a few tips for how structure your time when you sit down to write.
๐Ÿ’ก Section 13: Infinite Inspiration Engine
  • Speaking of practice sessions, one of the most common questions I get from students when they sit down to practice is, “What should I write?”
  • In this section, we’ll review tons of ways to find inspiration, helping you to build your own “Infinite Inspiation Engine”
  • Applying the advice in this section, you’ll never have a shortage of meaningful content to write ever again
๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ Section 14: Tips for Lefties
  • Full transparency – as two of my favorite swordsmen of all time once said, “I am not left-handed.”
  • But, I’ve tried to compile a bunch of tips for the 10-12% of calligrafriends out there who are. In preparing for this section, I even attempted some left-handed calligraphy, trying to validate the tips I found.
  • I’ve consolidated the suggestions from my research into the guide provided in this section.
๐Ÿš€ Section 15: What's Next?
  • This section is all about continued improvement and advancement.
  • Once you’ve become comfortable writing the letters, you’ll probably wonder, “What do I do next?”
  • Combined with the “Project Ideas” section, this area of the course introduces a few ways to level up your practice so that you can keep making progress.
๐Ÿ“œ Section 16: Manuscript Library
  • A lifetime of inspiration all collected in one place. Learn and get inspired by centuries of masters and scribes. Get access to my massive curated collection of curated manuscripts (and other stuff).
๐ŸŽจ Section 17: Color Theory
  • In “Color Theory” we’ll talk about all things color
  • We’ll cover how we see color (with some real surprises) and the foundational color schemes
  • We’ll also go over how color works in the media we use (like inks and paints), color combinations, palettes, and talk about color psychology.
โฌ‡๏ธ Course Downloads & Tools

The course includes a bunch of downloadable tools and references across the various sections. Here are a few that are included:

  • Popular Word Guidesheets: Guide sheets for dozens of popular words you can combine into phrases and messages for your practice or to share with friends and family. I’ve created versions of these for five different pen sizes to them them flexible for a variety of projects.
  • Easy Words List: a list of words that work great for the easiest type of spacing. This’ll set you up perfectly with plenty of things to write while you’re learning to make all of these lovely letters
  • Pangram Builder: An amazing tool for learning calligraphy, you’ll get a library of fun pangrams and a tool to help you invent your own
๐ŸŽ Bonuses!

Scroll down to the next section for all the details on some awesome bundled bonuses!

๐ŸŽ Did you say bonuses?

Yup. I’ve decided to bundle in some extra bonuses, just for fun…

Blackletter Builder Complete Collection (Normally $115)

You’ll get The Blackletter Builder Complete Collection. bundled with the Masterclass. The Blackletter Builder system gives you detailed step-by-step instructions and guides that make learning Blackletter calligraphy easy.

Q&A Session Recordings

Watch the recordings from two Q&A sessions held during the course launch, where we talked about fitting text into circles, flourishing, favorite reference and inspiration books, tools, and moreย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

How much does this cost?

I’ve spent months building this course with one mission – to save you a ton of time and effort and make it as easy as possible for you to learn this art that I love so much.

I look forward to seeing you in the class!

Blackletter Masterclass

$559

One-time fee (payment plan available)

  • ๐ŸŽฅ The Core Masterclassย Curriculum: 10+ hours of video tutorials and course materials walking you through everything you need to create amazing blackletter art, including step-by-step video walkthroughs of:
    • An easy-to-learn lowercase alphabet
    • A full blackletter uppercase alphabet
    • A more advanced “fancy” uppercase alphabet
    • Letter variations – modifying letters to create your own new alphabets and ideas
  • ๐Ÿ”‘ Lifetime Access to all the course materials:ย you’ll get ongoing access to all of the course materials so that you can learn and advance at your own pace
  • ๐Ÿงฐ Instructional Books & Guide Sheets: Get hundreds of pages of helpful guide sheets that give you all the support you need to write the alphabets and dozens of popular words. Use the popular words guides to make personal greetings and gifts that will be cherished by family and friends.
  • โœ’๏ธ Flourishing Basics: Learn essential rules for flourishing so you can experience the joy of beautifully embellishing your letters.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Letter Spacing: Dig into the details of letter spacing. You’ll learn the foundations of spacing with examples, plus get a list of easy words to write for practice.
  • ๐Ÿ”จ Tools & Maintenance: You’ll get guides of recommended supplies (including a few secret weapons ๐Ÿ˜‰), including how to store and maintain your pens so that you can keep using them for years.
  • ๐ŸŽจ Color Theory: Learn how color works, about palettes, and color psychology (and more). Build your color confidence and be better informed when you buy supplies.
  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Composition: You’ll jump into the world of composition and review a toolbox of concepts that you can use to level up your designs.
  • ๐Ÿง  Infinite Inspiration Engine: You’ll never ask, “What should I write?” again. Learn how to build an Infinite Inspiration Engine so you always have meaningful ideas at your fingertips when you write.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Project Ideas: Learn about tons of project ideas for pushing your blackletter boundaries with specific examples that have been shown in exhibitions, galleries, and published internationally.
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Manuscript Library: A lifetime of inspiration in one handy location. Get inspiration from a curated collection of centuries of work by made dozens of masters and scribes.
  • ๐ŸŽ Exclusive Bonuses: Just for fun, there are some incredible bonuses too. Keep scrolling for more info ๐Ÿ˜‰

And there’s still much, much, more – even this list doesn’t describe everything for you to discover in this massive class.

This course gives you all the tools you need to have fun while you learn this fulfilling and flexible art ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐ŸŽ Just a reminder of the bonuses…

Blackletter Builder Collection (Normally $115)

Early access to my three new Blackletter Builder products (they’re already bundled into the class!). Each will be priced at $39 ($95 for the bundle of all three). These are the most detailed and complete step-by-step instructions I’ve ever made for learning Blackletter calligraphy.

Q&A Session Recordings

Watch the recordings from two Q&A sessions held during the course launch, where we talked about fitting text into circles, flourishing, favorite reference and inspiration books, tools, and moreย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My 100% Satisfaction Guarantee & Money-Back Promise

I want the investment in this course to be an absolute no-brainer for you – if you’re planning to actually do the work ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This course is the culmination of years of effort and countless hours of work, so it’s important to me that you get value from it. There is a ton of information in the class, so โ€œdoing the workโ€ technically involves completing the core lowercase and uppercase alphabet modules. If youโ€™ve done that and, for whatever reason, arenโ€™t 100% happy with your experience, drop me an email (within 30 days of purchasing the course) andย I’ll happily refund yourย entire payment

However, please note that the money-back guaranteeย only applies if youโ€™ve completed those core modules and included your reason for the cancellation in the email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have neat handwriting to learn calligraphy?

Nope. Anyone can learn to write in this style by following a few simple steps. I’ll walk you through the entire process of easily writing a lowercase and uppercase alphabet, and you don’t need any previous experience (and you definitely don’t need neat handwriting ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Do I need any calligraphy experience for this class?

Also nope ๐Ÿ˜Š. You’ll get all of the information you need – from basic supplies to writing letters and words (and much more). You don’t need any previous experience.

Do I need a bunch of expensive supplies?

No, you won’tโ€”all of the supplies you need to participate and follow along can be purchased for less than $35-$40 (in the US). There are certainly a ton of fun and amazing tools out there, but all you need are a broad-nib pen, ink, and paper.ย 

Will any handouts be provided in the class?

You bet! There are literally over 1,000 pages of instructional books and guides included in this class that you can print and use at your convenience.

Is it possible to pay in installments?

Absolutely. You’ll have the option to pay in 3 installments if you’re unable to pay the full amount up front. A little head’s up – you end up paying slightly more if you go for the installments option.

How long will I have access to the class?

The short answer: You’ll get lifetime, ongoing access to this class with no experiation.

The long version: I’m sometimes asked what “lifetime” access practically means, so here’s what I can tell you – you’ll have access to this class (no ongoing subscription, renewal, etc.) for as long as I have an online teaching platform.

I have zero plans to stop teaching and making super valuable courses (I love teaching and creating this stuff ๐Ÿ˜Š), so I plan for this to be available for a very long time into the future (my plan is on the scale of many years/decades ahead).

Your purchase of content like this is how I make this possible – so from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.

Need a hand? Still not sure?

Drop me an email here…

If you’ve got any questions about the course, I’m just an email away. Drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help ๐Ÿ˜Š

10 + 13 =

Blackletter Masterclass

$559

One-time fee (payment plan available)

  • ๐ŸŽฅ The Core Masterclassย Curriculum: 10+ hours of video tutorials and course materials walking you through everything you need to create amazing blackletter art, including step-by-step video walkthroughs of:
    • An easy-to-learn lowercase alphabet
    • A full blackletter uppercase alphabet
    • A more advanced “fancy” uppercase alphabet
    • Letter variations – modifying letters to create your own new alphabets and ideas
  • ๐Ÿ”‘ Lifetime Access to all the course materials:ย you’ll get ongoing access to all of the course materials so that you can learn and advance at your own pace
  • ๐Ÿงฐ Instructional Books & Guide Sheets: Get hundreds of pages of helpful guide sheets that give you all the support you need to write the alphabets and dozens of popular words. Use the popular words guides to make personal greetings and gifts that will be cherished by family and friends.
  • โœ’๏ธ Flourishing Basics: Learn essential rules for flourishing so you can experience the joy of beautifully embellishing your letters.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Letter Spacing: Dig into the details of letter spacing. You’ll learn the foundations of spacing with examples, plus get a list of easy words to write for practice.
  • ๐Ÿ”จ Tools & Maintenance: You’ll get guides of recommended supplies (including a few secret weapons ๐Ÿ˜‰), including how to store and maintain your pens so that you can keep using them for years.
  • ๐ŸŽจ Color Theory: Learn how color works, about palettes, and color psychology (and more). Build your color confidence and be better informed when you buy supplies.
  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Composition: You’ll jump into the world of composition and review a toolbox of concepts that you can use to level up your designs.
  • ๐Ÿง  Infinite Inspiration Engine: You’ll never ask, “What should I write?” again. Learn how to build an Infinite Inspiration Engine so you always have meaningful ideas at your fingertips when you write.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Project Ideas: Learn about tons of project ideas for pushing your blackletter boundaries with specific examples that have been shown in exhibitions, galleries, and published internationally.
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Manuscript Library: A lifetime of inspiration in one handy location. Get inspiration from a curated collection of centuries of work by made dozens of masters and scribes.
  • ๐ŸŽ Exclusive Bonuses: Just for fun, there are some incredible bonuses too. Keep scrolling for more info ๐Ÿ˜‰

And there’s still much, much, more – even this list doesn’t describe everything for you to discover in this massive class.

This course gives you all the tools you need to have fun while you learn this fulfilling and flexible art ๐Ÿ˜ƒ