Faux calligraphy is basically a cheat’s way of hand lettering in a calligraphy style using a fine-tipped pen or pencil. Traditional calligraphy is written using broad-tipped instruments, or brushes, which give the letters that thicker downward stroke. The technique of faux calligraphy is simply adding an additional line, echoing the shape of the downward strokes. This therefore gives the letters that extra thickness in the correct, traditional places.
The benefit of faux calligraphy is that it is a quick technique to use. No additional tools are required and it is very easy to achieve. It looks amazing, transforming your normal writing. This may be considered cheating at calligraphy, but it’s a technique that can help with understanding this style of hand lettering, helping to learn where the thicker strokes are. Plus it’s fantastic for all beginners.
In issue 1 of Simply Lettering. Sue Smith explores how to create beautiful faux calligraphy lettering to produce customised gift wrap and tags. In this video, Lou Collins shows you how to create this look and how to work with the faux calligraphy alphabet provided with issue 1. You can also download this alphabet in our free downloads section.
Issue 1 of Simply Lettering is on sale across the UK now. Pick up your copy in store or order online with international shipping from CraftStash.
For the faux calligraphy feature in issue 1, Sue used:
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens – available from CraftStash
- Tombow ABT Dual-Tip Markers – available from CraftStash