Ready to build some fake calligraphy?

It all starts with the letterforms

If your letters don't look right, then your faux calligraphy technique isn't going to save it.

So, use your Pencil and Faux Calligraphy worksheets to really practice the shape of your letters. If it helps, sketch out your letters in pencil first, then go over the lines with pen to really get your letters looking good.


Identify the downstrokes!

Why is that so important? On the right is a lettering piece I did two years ago, before I studied calligraphy and understood what parts of the letter should be thick and thin. It looks alright, but it doesn't really look like proper calligraphy...

Now you know why it was important to do the pencil calligraphy lesson first!

What tools do I need?

It helps to use a really fine-tipped pen with good ink flow (like a gel pen or micron pen) so you can draw your downstrokes in exactly the place you want them.

Smooth, heavyweight paper also helps. You can totally use regular paper, but you just might get a little more bleeding and feathering of your ink, especially if you're using a felt-tip pen.

That being said, you really can practice this technique with any writing tool and paper you have on hand.

You won't get it perfect on the first shot!

But don't worry! It's a very forgiving tecnique. You can go over the downstrokes and thicken them up little by little to even them out and get them looking smooth.

This technique is FAUX LEGIT!

I use it all the time when a traditional calligraphy pen and nib won't work (ex: mirrors, Christmas ornaments, canvas artwork, wood). Once you have the technique down, you'll find all sorts of ways to use it!

Ready to give it a shot?

Grab a gel or felt-tipped pen  and get your Faux Calligraphy Worksheet PDF here!


Happy Creating!



PSST.....  I'd LOVE to see your work! Tag your faux calligraphy photos with #CALLIGRAFAKE so I can admire your new skillz ;)