Faux Calligraphy (fake calligraphy) is a brilliant little trick for people who are just getting into calligraphy and are not quite ready to delve into the nib and ink realm. Having said that, it is also great for more experienced people who may not be wanting to have the mess of the ink or perhaps their surface for writing on isn’t smooth enough for a nib pen.
I personally found faux calligraphy really helpful when I was first learning as it drilled in where the thick lines should be and where the thin lines should be and this way gives you more time to stop, sit back and look at where they should be before you’ve made a mistake. Your down strokes should be thicker while the up strokes are kept thin. In calligraphy this is achieved by changing the pressure you put down on the pen but in this tutorial I will show you how to do it the fake way!
Before we get started I just want to add that you shouldn’t feel bad or disheartened for using the fake technique as this also produces lovely pieces of lettering and no matter how you got there you’ll have something to be proud of!
Ok, to start off pick a small sentence and write it out with a pen of your choice (make sure the pen isn’t too think and that it’s smooth enough to colour in small areas with. A gel pen or small felt tip will work). Make sure the loops of your letters aren’t too small – you will see why in the next step.
Next with a pencil you will need to draw thicker lines on the parts of the letters where it is a downstroke. A downstroke is where your hand comes down the page when you write it. So the start of the ‘y’ would be thicker and the stroke coming down the ‘y’ into the loop. This is why you wouldn’t have wanted your loops too small otherwise it would be hard to fit in the thicker lines. Once you have traced out your thicker stroke lines with pencil and you are happy with how it looks then go over with your pen.
Next you need to fill in those thick strokes.
And hey presto! The finished product. You still get that lovely, smooth calligraphy touch and it’s fun to create without the, perhaps, intimidating nib and ink.
Give this a practice at home and have a play around with writing styles, colours and variations of thickness. If you found this post helpful please give it a share.