Get started with faux calligraphy

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.

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For the faux calligraphy feature in issue 1, Sue used:

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8 Comments on “Get started with faux calligraphy


    July 12, 2019 at 2:53

    I love this lettering, it looks so neat

  2. Katie

    July 12, 2019 at 3:16

    I’ve been wanting to try calligraphy for a while but been a bit overwhelmed when trying to follow guidance from a book…much easier to follow a video! Going to give this a try tonight hopefully, thanks

  3. Carol

    July 12, 2019 at 3:35

    This looks great, can’t wait to give it a go 😺

  4. Lindsay Seels

    July 12, 2019 at 4:06

    What a fantastic way to start to practise/learn by faux calligraphy. I have always wanted to give calligraphy a go, but have always felt confused on where to start. Having the dotted section to go over once you have the flow is such a brilliant idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Melanie Williams

    July 12, 2019 at 6:56

    Looks amazing.! Can’t wait to have a go myself.

  6. andreahorabin1966

    July 13, 2019 at 7:09

    Have to agree with everything Lindsay Seels has wrote. I can’t add to it. Xx

  7. Gill Russell

    July 17, 2019 at 3:56

    Can’t wait to try this 😆

  8. Trish Kennedy

    July 17, 2019 at 10:17

    Looks great. A good way to start calligraphy if don’t have brush pens.

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