Simple Gothic Hand Calligraphy

Master a simple gothic script using traditional pen and ink.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Are you interested in calligraphy but really don't know where to start ? Then why don't you join me to learn how to write in a simple Gothic Script ?

In this series of videos, I will

  • show you how to insert the nib into your holder ;
  • give you some hints for get the ink to flow from your pen ;
  • talk about letter weight and proportion ;
  • teach you about those oh-so-necessary guidelines ;
  • tell you about the ductus (the strokes that make up a letter).

After that, you will learn how to

  • draw each letter of the alphabet, first the lowercase letters, then the uppercase. The letters are not demonstrated in alphabetical order; they will be presented to you in groups of similar letters ;
  • plan and execute a project with a short text.

You will see me using traditional pen-and-ink in these videos (a 3 mm Brause nib and walnut hull ink), but of course you can use calligraphy markers or cartridge pens with a calligraphic nib instead.

The upsides of doing calligraphy are numerous. For example,

  • you will learn to create beautiful letters. Creating beauty of any sort is a wonderful thing to do ;
  • calligraphy is yoga-for-the-soul. In doing calligraphy, you set aside some time for yourself, and you will feel great for it ;
  • calligraphy contributes to neuroplasticity —which basically means that, while teaching your (old) brain new tricks, you are creating new pathways in your brain and paving the way to sharper neurological skills.

Aside from the videos and presentations that make up this course, several downloadable documents are included (practice sheets, letter reference sheets ...).

So grab your pen and paper, and come along with me on this calligraphic journey!

What are the requirements?

  • Grab a 3 mm Brause pen nib, a pen-holder and some ink ... or if you don't have that, a calligraphy marker or fountain pen will also do the job.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Write in a beautiful Gothic Hand calligraphy that can be used for gifts and greeting cards, poems and letters, or simply for personal satisfaction.

Who is the target audience?

  • No previous calligraphy experience is required. You'll just need a little perseverance and some practice time!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here

The instructor of this simple Gothic Hand Script calligraphy course, introduces herself : Mary-Jane Roussel, calligrapher and designer based near Avignon (France).

Section 2: First of all ...
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Print the guidelines sheet, get your supplies ready, load the pen with ink and get the ink to flow out onto your paper.


In this first Simple Gothic Script video, you will get a glimpse of the worksheet that you should print out (Lecture 2), see how to arrange your material on your desk, learn that posture and breathing is important in calligraphy, see how to load the ink into the reservoir and how to get the ink to flow out of the reservoir. Also, you will see how to place your pen to paper at a 45° angle.

1 page

Use this worksheet for your Simple Gothic Script warm-up exercises (following lecture).


If you have printed out the exercise worksheet (previous lecture), you are now ready to move onto these four warm-up exercises, that are essentiel to mastering our Simple Gothic Script.

Section 3: Lowercase letters
4 pages

Throughout this course, you may work directly on grid paper, or you may draw your guidelines on plain paper, or you may print out these worksheets and draw your Simple Gothic Script letters in the space provided to the right of the model letters.


Simple Gothic Script lowercase letters : i, n, m, u, v, w


Simple Gothic Script lowercase letters : y, t, r, x (yes, that's really the x!)


Simple Gothic Script lowercase letters : l, h, k, f, j, p


Simple Gothic Script lowercase letters : o, g, q, b, d, c, e,


Simple Gothic Script lowercase letters : a, z, s

Section 4: Uppercase letters
2 pages

Throughout this course, you may work directly on grid paper, or you may draw your guidelines on plain paper, or you may print out these worksheets and draw your Simple Gothic Script letters in the space provided to the right of the model letters.

Uppercase letters in English!

Simple Gothic Script uppercase letters, all 26 letters.

Section 5: Numbers

The in attached PDF, the numbers have been broken down into numbered strokes. Be sure to draw your strokes in the right order and in the right direction.

Section 6: Congratulations!
1 page

Congratulations! Now that you have finished watching all the video, all that is left to do is ... practice, practice, practice! It's the only way to perfect your letters. Use calligraphy at every opportunity : addressing enveloppes, gift tags, birthday and Christmas greetings ... To help you, here is an ABCDaire* of our Simple Gothic Script letters.

*ABCDaire : that's a French term meaning a reference page containing all letters of the alphabet.

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Instructor Biography

Mary-Jane Roussel, Calligrapher & Designer

Hello. Allow me introduce myself: my name is Mary-Jane Roussel. I’m Canadian -- and French! I come from the Kawarthas (Ontario) and live in the South of France. I’m the chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Online-Calligraphy.

I head up a non-profit group called Pleins et Déliés, based in Jonquerettes. (C’mon, say it right! Pronounce it “Plennes eh Day-lee-aye”.) In addition to managing two calligraphy websites (one in English and the other in French) , I do classes for adults in our pittoresque village as well as workshops in primary and junior high schools.

When I’m in a classroom, kids often ask me,

“How long have you been doing calligraphy?” & “Why do you like Calligraphy?”

To the first question, I answer that, as a child, I went to Church every Sunday. Some kids paid attention to what the preacher was saying; others stared at the stained glass, waiting for the minutes to tick by. And me, I spent the time copying and re-drawing the lettres of the song titles, which were written in a Gothic hand in our hymnbook.

As for their second question, I usually tell them that, if you believe in reincarnation, I must have been a monk in a former life!

Oh, perhaps you’d also like to know that I am a trained Fashion Designer, but I spend much more time designing letters than clothes!

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