What is Faux Calligraphy and how to use it.
You probably have come across people using nib pens as if they are magic wands. Making perfect calligraphic strokes, creating phrases and texts as if there is no tomorrow. You probably have been doing just what I have done so many times, look in wonder to see how they make such perfect strokes and thinking how much time these artists must have put into training to get as good as they are. Only to reach the conclusion; No, there is no way I can do this!
But you can! And you do not even need to put in as many countless hours as the true calligraphic artists has put into learning their work. Faux calligraphy will off course never be as beautiful as the real deal and wanting to gain that effect will actually have you put into training to become a skilled Calligraphic artist. For the ones under us who just do not have the time or energy to put into this training, I have great news! You do not have to! Let’s take a dip into Faux Calligraphy and learn what it is all about only to take our Handlettering journey to the next level!
Faux Calligraphy is actually fake calligraphy wrapped up in a prettier paper. Calligraphy, as I have touched down on before in previous posts, is the ability to make thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes using a nib holder.
With faux calligraphy, we add the thin downstroke effect afterward, making it look as if our piece was made using one stroke. I actually like this form of hand lettering a lot because you can create so many cool effects with it!
So let’s have a try, shall we?
First you need to think of a word or a phrase you would like to use. I have made whole posters using this method but for today I will use one word, create. Do feel free to experiment with anything that pops up in your head.
Find a pen, any will do, and a piece of paper.
Write the word or phrase with a cursive handwriting. Do not write the letters too close to each other because then you won’t be able to thicken your downstrokes. Make the loops of the l, t, h, o, a and e a bit bigger than how you usually would write them.
Memorize which strokes are your downstrokes. In my example, the downstrokes would be like this;
Now you thicken the downstrokes. How to go about doing that? Just draw a parallel line next to your downstrokes.
When I draw the lines by my a’s, e’s, c’s and o’s, I draw the parallel lines on the inside of the letters. I like this effect much better but this is really up to you.
By the way, if your handwriting is a bit shaky like mine, this is a great way to disguise that!
This is the last step of this tutorial! When you are done learning this, you can create beautiful posters, cards, giftcards, coffeemug lettering and anything where you use handlettering on!
In this last step, you will color in the space between your downstrokes and your parallel lines, hence making the downstrokes look like thick calligraphic downstrokes.
You can use any color you like, even blending the colors to make a fabulous effect.
Have a wonderful day and happy creating!
Xx – Sas