Calligraphy Week! How to Fake Calligraphy
As we all know, I am completely enamored with calligraphy and am constantly working on it to improve and well, I just love to doodle, okay? I thought it would be fun to do a whole week on calligraphy: how to write in calligraphy, tools, and styles.
Today we're going to start with a doozy - how to fake your way into calligraphy.
We've talked before about how I was super intimidated to get started, so I actually toyed around with hand lettering to achieve the calligraphy look. It's really easy and doesn't require any special tools except for pen, paper, and some trial and error.
Here's a video I put together to show you the process. Steps are below.
And that was my first tutorial video! I'm kind of addicted to these now so I hope one day I'll have better gear and not just my iPhone and my other hand as a makeshift tripod.
Okay here are the steps broken down.
1. Take your time to write out your word or phrase in loose cursive. You can get a little swoop-y with letters too. I like to make my h's swoop down.
In this instance you can see that all I used is a fine-pointed Sharpie marker. Everyone has a Sharpie!
2. In every instance that you are doing a down stroke (so when the pen goes "down" toward you), you'll go back and make a thicker line. If you're using a fine pen you can mirror the line and fill it in. Also, if you're using a fine pen or marker, you may have to go back and redraw some lines (like I did in the video).
Experiment with different line thicknesses with different phrases. It may take a few tries before you master the art of thickening lines.
3. Add some little flair such as a loop or curl. Embellish your t's when you cross them.
And that's it! So whether you just want to make your usual hand lettering a little extra fun or you want to fake it til you learn real calligraphy, this is a great cheater's guide.
Let me know if you give this a try and how it goes!
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