I have always loved beautiful calligraphy.
Years ago, my former boss brought me back a calligraphy pen and ink from her trip to Italy. I was so excited to try it out and figured it would be super easy to turn my handwriting into calligraphy with just the flick of a nib (that’s the technical term for the metal pieces that go in the pens – not to be confused with my go-to treat, the Twizzlers nib).
It didn’t go so well.
Then I met Lindsay and figured since she’s a pro, surely she could give some pointers and it wouldn’t be too hard.
Again, the pen and ink proved too complicated for my impatient hands. Have you ever tried it? The ink sure does splatter!
I have yet to learn how to use a real calligraphy pen (although it is on my list of skills to master someday) and have just stuck with my tried-and-true fake calligraphy technique.
I thought I’d share it with you today. Here’s how to create fake calligraphy:
First, choose a good fine tip ink pen.
Now, write your letter. You can do it in pencil first if you prefer, or just freehand.
To give your letter the calligraphy look, you will need to make all of the down strokes thicker and filled in (as if you were writing with an angled calligraphy pen).
Every time your pen stroke goes downward (as seen with the arrows above), just draw a close line and fill it in.
See how easy it is?
Here’s another example. I wrote the word love in cursive:
then filled in the down strokes:
Doesn’t it look fancy? You can transform your handwriting to make it look like calligraphy very simply and easily with just a few extra pen strokes.
To help you out, I created a set of worksheets for practicing and perfecting your fake calligraphy.