how to create fake calligraphy (tutorial + practice worksheets)

I have always loved beautiful calligraphy.

calligraphy writing on envelopes (via)

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.

how to create fake calligraphy

Step One: Choose a good fine tip ink pen

good handwriting pens

Your choice of pen is mostly based personal preference, but I do think a good quality pen makes a difference in the quality of lettering. You don’t have to go super fancy; there are hundreds of great pen options at your local office store. I prefer an extra fine tip and a rolling ball head to make the pen glide easily. I like the pilot precise extra fine pen the best, but just bought the foray stylemark at the office store and it’s a good one too.

STEP TWO: Write any letter of the alphabet

fake calligraphy letter A

You can do this in pencil first if you prefer, or just freehand with a pen. Cursive works great, but so does regular printing.

STEP THREE: Fill in the downstrokes

downstrokes on letter A

Every time your pen stroke goes downward (as seen with the arrows above), you will draw a line right next to it and fill it in. This will give your letter the calligraphy look with some strokes being light and airy, and the downstrokes slightly thicker. A fancy calligraphy pen will do this automatically – as you press on the nib, the tines open and allow more ink to flow through, creating a thicker line. When you press lightly (as you do on all upstrokes) the tines stay closed and only a small amount of ink passes through. With this fake calligraphy method, we’re trying to achieve the same thick-thin stroke look, but without the fancy tools.

See how easy it is?

The beauty of fake calligraphy is you can do it on any lettering style, and you can vary the width of the downstoke as much or little as you wish.

Here’s another example.  I wrote the word love in cursive:

cursive love

then filled in the down strokes:

fake calligraphy love

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.

free fake calligraphy practice worksheets

Enjoy and happy lettering!

110 Responses to how to create fake calligraphy (tutorial + practice worksheets)

  1. Dawn October 4, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you for posting this fake calligraphy guide. I took a lettering class in college & just loved it. I created gifts for family & friends & then real life took over & I didn’t have time for calligraphy. That was 30 years ago & just recently my daughter got engaged & asked me to address all the invitations & save the date cards, around 120 envelopes. She sent me a book, practice paper & nibs. I have been so overwhelmed with the thought that I’m going to ruin this important aspect of her big day, that I haven’t even taken the nibs out of their package & today I found you, thank god, I can do this, you actually make it sound fun
    I don’t know what to say, except Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

  2. Jennifer June 6, 2018 at 4:38 am #

    I had no idea this was called “Fake Calligraphy!” I do this all the time when I’m doodling! Love your site, Emily :)

  3. Jenny March 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this tip! It makes my calligraphy look 100 times better! I really appreciate you sharing this tip with us!

  4. Aakanksha January 12, 2018 at 5:00 am #

    What you’ve called as fake clligraphy is actually hand lettering. Please don’t demean hand lettering like this.

    • Ann February 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank you Emily. This is wonderful.

      @AAKANSHA: It is a fake calligraphy.

  5. annalise December 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    wow this is great my friend who actually does calligraphy said it looked pretty good i used this on a Christmas gift

  6. brabusday October 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    thanks a lot for the lesson I thank you so much from here I can

  7. Maria November 13, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    This is my new favorite font! I adore it and am using it on my Thanksgiving cards. Thank you for posting it AND for your wonderful blogs/tuttorials! I discovered you on a fluke and am so glad I did.

    I didn’t read through all the comments so this may have already been mentioned and do apologize if this is a repeat… A portion of the top of the uppercase “S” is missing – just wondering if that’s purposeful or if it’s been “cut off” somehow.

  8. Missy November 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Thank you so much for this amazing post. I’m obsessed!

  9. Kara Skye October 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks for so many great tips – and the free fonts! I love your blog – such fun projects here!!

  10. Roxy July 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial and the free fonts. So much appreciated.

  11. Laura Brownstein July 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I know this post is an old one but I searched how “write pretty” and your post popped up! :-)
    I took a calligraphy class my senior year of high school. It was offered at my school as an elective that lasted the whole school year. How great is that? (Okay, so most of my classes that year were electives but that was the great thing about being a senior in 1996!).
    Anyway, we all had to practice over and over again using the nib. I despised that thing at first. It was challenging and the ink was messy. But I haven’t forgotten some of the styles and I was able to do fake calligraphy with a pen on my wedding invitation envelopes in 2005. I just pulled out one of my old sheets and went to work. I still have some of my calligraphy work from my senior year too. I just can’t get rid of it.

  12. Sue Rolfe May 30, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    WOW! You make it look so easy.


  13. BeverlyG May 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    thank you for this wonderful quick and easy tutorial, and the generous freebies.
    Will give this a try this evening. I love trying to master lettering fonts,

  14. O Williams May 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I used the fake calligraphy to make a sympathy card, and it turned out great! ^^

  15. Sherry April 17, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    Brilliant. Thanks so much!

  16. Jeslyn November 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    can anyone please tell me how to download the beautiful font? i mean i have downloaded it but what do i do after that? this would be super helpful! can someone please tell me a step by step to using the font…

    any suggestions?

    • emily November 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      You will need to install it on your computer (see this post for a how to: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/25favoritefonts/). Hope it helps!

  17. Heidi Steffen November 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I am having so much fun using your fake calligraphy technique that I linked one of my posts to yours. I hope that it’s ok. To see it, click here: http://www.kinderfarmhomeschool.com/2014/11/06/an-easy-way-to-make-your-own-art/. We just started our blog so if you have any tips it would be much appreciated. Your blog is such an inspiration!

  18. Janae September 29, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    love this! it’s so perky and sweet. i just downloaded to use for a blog header. love your archives! your seasonal prints are taking turns in my house this year. :)

  19. James Brooks July 27, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Awesome tutorial! I am definitely going to try this out – many thanks.

  20. Sarah Cobb July 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    I realize this post is a couple years old so this may not get seen, but I wanted to say that your writing is beautiful. Since calligraphy means “beautiful writing” in Greek, I think you’ve accomplished your goal, even if it isn’t a classic script. No need for “fake” calligraphy!

  21. Dez May 3, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Very neat and clever idea!

  22. Nicole February 27, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Hello All,
    While I love the “fancy” font and am eager to use it for a home project, I have been unsuccessful in dowloading it. I am attributing this error to my machine, not the user! Would anyone be willing to convert the font on my document to the fancy font? Please and thank you!

  23. kim womack January 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Learned a couple of new things trying to get the “oh so fancy” font downloaded. First it is called “Fancy” and not oh so..although it is OH SO! Ha. Also, never knew about the symbols associated with the font set. Do many font’s come with symbols??? I’m obsessed with fonts and am always seeking them out. Appreciate you sharing.

  24. Lisa December 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Love this! thank you for sharing. I, too, lack the patience for proper calligraphy but love the look of it.

  25. Brittany Griffiths October 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Love this!!! Is there any way to use the symbols in photoshop? Trying to design a birth announcement and would love to use this font for the name with the swooshes:)

    • emily October 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      I don’t think there is a glyph panel option in photoshop. You can try searching for ways to add symbols, but I’m not totally sure how to do it.

  26. Angela Ambroise September 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    One more thing… did you do the writing on those envelopes?

  27. Angela Ambroise September 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    It looks nice and very fanciful, but for “crying out loud” how did you do it? I have to be able to see and replay again, and again to get it. Is there anyway you can do a video one day?

    Also what paper are you writing it on?

    I think your blog is or has become my favorite blog. It is just like my morning cup of coffee…I have to have it. I get very happy when I look in my inbox and see mail from you. You seem to be so authentic, genuine, and sincere. I like you a whole bunch :-)

  28. Karen July 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Any ideas on how to tilt this font?

  29. Amanda June 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Ooh, I love this! It’s funny how sometimes the simplest tricks can create the most beautiful things. I used this for some DIY wall art, and now my living room looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :)

    DecorStyleFood on Pinterest and Twitter

  30. Korrine April 17, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    I had about 6 weeks of calligraphy instruction in 6th grade, and promptly forgot everything!

    I know at this point in life, I don’t have the time for “real” calligraphy, and your fake calligraphy tutorial is so clear and helpful. Thank you for posting!

  31. michelle April 17, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    hi! do you sell your cursive font? i absolutely love it.

  32. Christina April 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I’ve been doing this for years and years, just for fun! Nice little tutorial for those who haven’t discovered it yet. :)

  33. Susan Jackson January 25, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I just found your website and love it. You are so talented.

  34. Deb September 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Go online and find a free tutorial on how to do calligraphy. It is so much easier than “faking it” and faster. And did I mention it is fun. All you have to master is how to hold the pen right and if you can do all these steps to fake it then you can learn how to hold the pen right.

  35. Allison September 3, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Love this! I am using this to address my wedding invitations,and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on it already! So worth the time and practice. It’s beautiful :)

  36. Lucky Red Hen August 28, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Simple and CUTE! I’m always looking for ways to embellish my correspondence (yes, I actually MAIL through the post office… it’s a dying art)! Thanks for the tutorial :D

  37. Gina Soddy August 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    I’m sure you hear ALL DAY how much everyone loves you and your creativity. Well, add me to the masses. :) I absolutely adore your ideas, ambition and all of your TUTORIALS!!! I love trying (ok, telling myself I’m going to try) your ideas.

    That being said, I purchased your wonderful Fancy Font and I adore it. I simply have 1 request: Pretty please…is it at all possible to fix the S? The top is cut off and it makes me CRAZY. Lol! I know, I know…it’s just a silly little thing but I find myself not using it for things if I can’t manually correct the missing piece. If you’ve already done this, or can, please email me the link or download.

    Thank You!!!
    <3 Gina

  38. Jean August 13, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I love fonts and when I tried to learn calligraphy I found it to be too regimented for me. I now wing it and do my own fake calligraphy too….so nice to find a kindred spirit!

  39. Bee August 13, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I purchased the pens and have been practicing because I have a basic knowledge after taking personal calligraphy lessons. I was wondering if you have some practice sheets that I could get from you?

  40. Dusty Tingstrom August 8, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    You know, I began practicing the Old English alphabet (using nibs categorized as “brush”) when I was in grade school. Now I can knock it out anywhere-with calligraphy nibs, felt tip calligraphy markers or with a regular pen. Your down stroke technique is basically how I fake it too when my tool lacks a flat edge.
    Well, I wanted to share this. All calligraphy tools are not created equal. Not by a long shot. I have never met a self contained, cartridge or ink well draw, instrument that was worth a darn. Cost a fortune and never work for me. When I was a girl, I collected a lot of supplies from all over. (There used to be stationers.) Now I buy nips from my art supply store, and one at a time.

    So consider:
    Few calligraphers get it right all of the time.
    the most important thing for doing calligraphy: , good pen tip
    the most important thing for doing professional calligraphy: extra blanks

  41. Iman August 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Hello, I just bought your font. I love it! But I dont know how to access all the extra symbols, doodles and words from microsoft word. Any help?

  42. Brittany August 4, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Awesome ! I have been trying to figure out how to do this for years! Thanks so much for the great tutorial !!

    • Lacey Parsons September 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      i also want to know how to access the rest of the characters.. i can only figure out the regular characters like the question mark. please let us know how to access them. Thanks!

  43. mace July 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    that is very weird because i was just on that website and it is identical

  44. Concerned July 10, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    The blogger who runs acharmingoccasionblog is getting tons of traction on a recent post of her that looks eerily similar to yours. Kind of odd that her post is almost identical! Just letting you know.

    • emily July 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Unfortunately this happens all too often – when someone’s work is copied and not linked to the original source. I certainly did not make up ‘fake calligraphy’ and so I can not take full credit for the technique, although I will say that this post is original to me. Thank you for the heads up and while it frustrates me, I realize that there is little I can do about it.

  45. Margaret July 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Now that’s a smart idea!

  46. Roni July 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Love this! I will be using this for crafts and doodles — practice makes perfect. Thank you for sharing this.

  47. Patricia Smith July 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Unable to download . Please let me know what I can do.

  48. Jess @ Spool and Spoon June 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I just found your site through a Pin and I am obsessed. This article is the one that caught my eye and I can’t wait to try your method out. Now I need some time to go through your shop!!

  49. Juliet van Ree June 16, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    That is really pretty!! Just wanted to share that there are also calligraphy markers with chisel shaped points, to avoid ink splatters etc. (if you want to know more just google Sharpie calligraphic)

  50. Shirsha May 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    This a really quick and easy way to get some beautiful lettering! Great post!

  51. Katy April 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Emily, Would you laugh if I told you that when I saw your post (via pinterest) I wanted to learn how to do fake calligraphy?

    Ink splatters, light boxes, acrylic spray, more ink splatters, hours multiplied by hours multiplied by hours of practice, preparation and trial and error. Hey, this is why I get paid the big bucks, right?

    My advice, purchase this font and support your local calligrapher when you need real calligraphy. xoxo, Katy

  52. tiffany February 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    thank you for sharing.. this is such a fablous diy for fancying up letters.. can’t wait to try. xo, tiffany

  53. ALEXANDRA February 18, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    wow, you brought back some memories: I used to do this in Architecture school when doodling (no PC back then) …thank you..I think I just may do it again and make myself an alphabet to use for my posters and paintings…love your site and your creative generosity …God bless!!

  54. amber P February 17, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    beautiful Emily! i need to work on my penmanship! :)

  55. ROK February 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I like Martha’s tutorials on copperplate calligraphy, and I also bought practice books on Amazon (they are like handwriting books, with little arrows and all). I taught myself so I could address my wedding invitations. Now I look at etsy and think of the hours I spent. I have never busted the skills out again, but I may for a b-day party someday. A light box is really helpful. The ink does spatter sometimes (for us amateurs) which is frustrating when you are on the zipcode… The paper shouldn’t have too much of a “tooth” (my envelopes soaked up the ink, so I actually sprayed them all with a light coat of matte finish clear coat). Anyhoo, that’s what I know.

  56. Jessica February 14, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I loved this tutorial! Very easy to follow with really great results! I used it to make a few Valentines, which I’ve blogged about! Thanks so much!


  57. Errin February 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I purchased both of your fonts, but didn’t receive links to download them. I have my PayPal receipts and can forward them to you, if necessary. Thank-you!

  58. Steve Husting February 13, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you don’t have to wait to take a calligraphy class and learn. Just download my Learn Italic Calligraphy and get more than 50 stroke-by-stroke videos of every letter and number of the alphabet, with variations, in your pocket, ready to practice on paper whenever you have time.

  59. Lauryn February 11, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    this is exactly how i do calligraphy!
    my hubby got me some calligraphy pens for christmas and i got SO frustrated trying to use them. it was awful.
    i still really want to learn how, but for now i use my cheater version :)
    i posted a tutorial similar to this on my blog a while ago…but yours is MUCH better.
    love your talent!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  60. Louise Fortune February 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Love this idea, I am a bit of a font freak I studied typography whilst training to be a graphic designer. I can only see one flaw in this, your handwriting has to be lovely in the first place, sadly mine is not, in the UK we aren’t taught to write cursive the same way as in the states :(

  61. Amber February 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    LOVE THIS! Just tried it out and it worked amazingly!!! I’m using it for my boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day “coupon book” ;) I will link your page to my blog when I post my final product. Thank you for sharing!!!

  62. Audra February 6, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    So here is some of my randomness…do you watch the television show Downton Abbey? The second season is on PBS now ( you can catch up online). The first season is on Netflix. It is a great show and I just thought you might like it.

  63. Patty Martinez February 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Emily
    I purchased the font but I never got the link to download. I have my receipt from paypal.
    Can you help?

  64. Pam February 1, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Thank you, Emily! You always share the best tips! I love beautiful handwriting and will try this for sure! Your fonts are all so fun, and fancy! :)

  65. Auntie! January 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    LOVE the Fancy Font!! It’s just so “fancy”!!

  66. Pheobe January 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    This is pure genius! So easy to do and so simple! Thanks for sharing


  67. Jessica January 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Ohh so awesome! I cannot wait to purchase on my personal computer when I get home!! :)

  68. jami nato January 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    um, the cutest. ever.

  69. Pam January 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I purchased the fancy font but am unsure how I get the font to download. I just have the receipt from paypay…. Thanks.

  70. Catherine January 29, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I took a calligraphy class before my wedding then addressed 250 invitations. They were beautiful but would never do it again. People have even offered to pay me to do theirs. Too painful…hand, back, eyes, head….
    Your version is really pretty.


  71. Erin January 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Oh, I LOVE this! Thanks so much for creating and sharing. I’m using this font for party labeling at my daughter’s 1st birthday celebration. Your creativity and beautiful spirit are such an inspiration.

  72. Brandy P January 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I purchased the font but never got the download link. =( Maybe I missed it. What can I do?

    • emily January 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      I’ll send it to you in an email. No worries.

  73. laura January 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Fantastic – thank you! I love calligraphy too, and while I’m okay with the calligraphy pen, I appreciate the tips on how to fake it. I never knew about how to highlight the downward strokes!

  74. Taylor January 28, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I purchased the other font collection from Emily and was unable to use the symbols in Microsoft Word {I have a mac}. Before I purchase this font, I want to make sure the symbols in this collection will work with my mac. Does anyone know if they do? Thanks!


    • emily January 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      I will post a tutorial on Monday for inserting symbols using a mac … it is done much the same as on a PC in word. You will need to click INSERT > SYMBOL > ADVANCED SYMBOL. Then be sure to select the correct font and the symbols will appear in the grid. Click on the symbol you would like and click insert.

      In Adobe Illustrator, open the Gylph panel and the extra characters will show up.

  75. {darlene} January 28, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    great tip, emily! your handwriting is exquisite!

  76. gina January 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Thank you for being so very generous with all your beautiful talents. I can’t wait to go get the right pens to start practicing ‘fake calligraphy’!! Your posts in my email are becoming a daily highlight. God bless you.

  77. Art of Elegant Writing January 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Here’s some more calligraphy for you!!! Enjoy! Yours is beautiful too!

  78. Julie January 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  79. Amanda Bevington January 27, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Great idea!! I had to share a link to this post on my Facebook photography page – great idea for all of my brides who want to address their own wedding invitations ; ) Thanks for all the fun tips!!! I love your blog and look forward to your updates! Enjoy the day!!

  80. Sarah January 27, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Love it! That is really the cutest thing- and no, I could never master calligraphy either. I’m terribly impatient too. :)

  81. jessica January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Just purchased this “fancy” font…. love it! Thank you for making it available! I also purchased the “emily” font a while back and love that, too!

    Like Nancy I had a hard time finding the special symbols/words and I’m using a mac. But thanks to your response I was able to pull them up easily!

    However, “with, from, the” are not showing up under symbols and also a few of the swirls. Is there another place I can find them or should they be showing up in this same spot?

    Thanks so much!

  82. Manda January 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Very nice!
    Another technique to use is printing a fancy font (like yours) very lightly onto your paper and then tracing it with a nice pen. Here’s an explanation (near the bottom of the post): http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/10/23/semi-diy-invitations-first-impressions/#more-115381

  83. Patty January 27, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I love this and just purchased it! Can’t wait to use it on my pillows I am planning to make soon :)

    Love your blog!

  84. Stacey January 27, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Love the tutorial…thank you so much! You creativity is inspiring. I’d love to hear more about how you create your own custom fonts.

  85. Desiree January 27, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Great tips! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  86. Kate January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    This is awesome. But what I really want to know simply for curiosity sake – HOW IN THE WORLD DO PEOPLE CREATE FONTS?! I’ve always wondered.

    • emily January 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      This is one great way {and its free!}:

  87. nita January 27, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I will be give this a try. Thanks so much for the tips I have always want to be able to do this. Off to get your front….If I can’t write I can at least type.
    Thank You!

  88. Kellie January 27, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    great tutorial, many thanks :)

  89. Seriously Sassy Mama January 27, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Now this is good info. I have always wanted to fins out an easier way to do this! Time to go buy some pens.

  90. carrie January 27, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Love this post & downloaded the font – thanks!

  91. Christy January 27, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Love! You are so amazingly gifted!!

  92. Nancy Wallace January 27, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I love your blog and I love your generous and creative heart. I just purchased and downloaded the calligraphy font, but it seems that the only thing that downloaded were the upper and lower case letters, but not all of the fun squiggles, etc. I had downloaded another font from you some months back and the same thing happened. What do I need to do to fix this? Thanks so much!

    • emily January 27, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Are you using a mac? If you are typing in word, you can insert a symbol by clicking INSERT then SYMBOL then ADVANCED SYMBOLS. Then just change the font to be the fancy font and the grid of available symbols will show. Then you can insert the design you’d like. Please let me know if this doesn’t work or you need extra help … I created a short tutorial on how to insert symbols here {https://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/my-handwriting-font/} but it was on a pc. Should I create a tutorial for a mac?

      • angela January 27, 2012 at 10:44 am #

        i would LOOOVE if you did the insert tutorial for mac. :)

        • emily January 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

          I’ll see what I can do. It looks like the extra symbols are not showing up in the symbol grid, so I’ll do a little more research to figure out where they are hidden. If anyone discovers where they are first, please let us know!

  93. Brittney January 27, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Hi Emily! Thanks for the tutorial on calligraphy… I love your handwriting, it is just darling. Actually, I love everything about your blog! I have a blog crush on you, and I linked up over at http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/ and told everyone how great you are :)

  94. Sarah B Design January 27, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Your new font is sooo Fancy! :) I love the Emily font and I can not wait until I get home to my computer to download this new one! I am getting married soon and I definitely want to try out your calligraphy technique on some of my thank you letters.

  95. Shelley January 27, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    How great is this! Thank you so much for the tips. I remember when my mom purchased a little calligraphy kit for me for Christmas one year. I was writing on anything I could get my hands on! I’ve always wanted to relearn some of it so I could have pretty gift tags, etc. this. Is perfect for me, and I’m pinning this ASAP.

  96. Kelly in Georgia January 27, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    This is beautiful! I do hand lettering and have taught calligraphy to children. Have you tried the felt tipped pens? That is what I use when working with children. Also, the cartridge pens don’t spatter as bad as the “real deal” ones. Of course, you don’t get the wonderful choice of colors with the felt tipped and cartridge pens, but they are easier to handle. I just may have to buy your lovely font for the computer! something to look forward to for the weekend!


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