Introduction: How to Fake Script Calligraphy!

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How to Fake Script Calligraphy!
Scrolly, scripty, flowy, gorgeous penmanship is all the rage right now!

Calligraphy is beautiful, but requires some supplies...

hmm, I guess not the fabric crayons...

My mom taught me Itallic Calligraphy when I was in 6th grade.

I also learned Black letter and Uncial.

Here's the thing though...
The ink is hard to regulate...starts to bleed...and is so hard to fix any mistakes!

Which is why #1: it's a dying art

#2: not many people have time for that.

#3. I'll show you a better way!

Step 1: Supplies!

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I prefer a fake approach.
I even used a fake approach on my wedding announcements. Whatever works!

I love to use a set of Micron pens.

I "borrowed" these from my daughter who got them for her birthday.

You can start with just a regular pencil and paper.

You can use sharpies, markers, gold pens, paint markers, etc.

Step 2: Scripting

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Let's fake Calligraphy!

I started off by writing out the word

in a exaggerated drawn out cursive...remember cursive?

This is where 3rd grade pays off.

(doesn't look so great, right?)


Then take a smaller sized tip pen and draw lines
to add thick and thin brush strokes. This is the "fake" part.

I can even "fix" problem add a loop to the "r"...

and adjust the weird "u".

Essentially giving you tons of leeway!


Then get a bigger size tip and fill in the lines.
Looks great right?!

Here's some tips I had to force on myself:

Keep letters's so hard for me! bottom or top looks so much cooler when the letters rise up and down...

Next, add some curls, and over-exaggerated lines!

Step 3: Sharpies!

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Here's how I did it with Sharpie Markers!
Pencil first.

Then I used a big sharpie and traced my letters...
Sharpie's tend to bleed a little on the paper too...depending

on how porous the paper fibers are.

Used an eraser to remove the pencil lines...

Next, pick up a smaller Sharpie...and
draw on the thicker lines!

Fill them in...and voila!
It looks so much better!

Step 4: Paint Time!

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You can also use paint!
First pencil, then Sharpie the image you want.

Place your paper over the top...see how I can still see the lines from the marker?

Then use a paintbrush and some metallic paint and paint the calligraphy!
The flat paintbrush naturally mimics the blunt nib of a calligraphy pen.

Step 5: Gold Pilot Marker!

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My favorite option is a Gold Pilot Marker!
You can write on any color of paper and it pops right off the page!

I am practicing on my mini envelopes!

Create custom envelopes for Christmas cards, wedding invitations,
or just to say hi!

People love a handwritten shows that you took time out of your day!

I just wrote 100 addresses for a lady getting married, in this exact style!

This is the icing on the wedding cake--beautifully scripted art!

Step 6: Handmade Admiration!

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After doing 100 envelopes, I have one more trick:

Stretch the cursive text out as far as you can!

When addressing an envelope, you need to be sure the post office will be able to deliver it.

We opted for scripted names as well as city and state.

Then the street address is written as a simple font with a big stretched out zip code.

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LeaS1 made it! (author)2016-03-03

I have been using the fake calligraphy method for months now since I don't have nibs (and other materials).

I saw this post and this is a very helpful Instructable as the word used here is not so "technical" for me when it comes to writing.

Here are the pictures of what I am writing earlier today. I've followed your instruction as well :D

I am trying to have that looooooong curls before and after each sentence (or words).

doodlecraft (author)LeaS12016-03-03

Oh my gosh, I love it! I'm so glad you found it helpful! You have a fabulous style! I should do a new post since I've gotten better too! ;)

LeaS1 (author)doodlecraft2016-03-07

I hope that I can see your new posts :D
I really find your Instructable post helpful. :) I still practice everyday using brush pens and gel pens.

Mary-Lily33 (author)2015-10-29

So amazing!!! Must try this :D

BTW, I love your handwriting :) so cute!

TMarizzle (author)2015-08-25

Nice! I would also add when you're doing the lettering think "light up, heavy down." That might help someone out when trying to decide which lines should be thick or thin. Most pointed pen calligraphy has thick downstrokes and light upstrokes (hairlines). So, anytime you would pull your pen down on the letter, that line should be thicker, going up the letter would be thin. Anyways, great instructable!

doodlecraft (author)TMarizzle2015-09-16

I love this rule of thumb--super helpful! Thank you!

Aubrienna made it! (author)2015-08-28

Thanks for putting this out here! I love it!

doodlecraft (author)Aubrienna2015-09-16

Wow, awesome! Thank you for sharing! Great job!

Flick18 (author)2015-08-16

I really love this, I'm going to practice this and use it for my cardmaking. Thanks for the tips

momoluv (author)2015-08-15

I've always loved your tutorials, nice Job!

caitlinsdad (author)2015-08-14

Nice. Only thing with with calligraphy is that the automated mail sorters probably have a hard time reading it and delaying your mail even further.

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