While many probably consider calligraphy to be a lost art form, it has made a big resurgence in popularity in the past couple of years. More and more people are learning to write with the pointed pen and ink for addressing envelopes and other crafts. I myself got a calligraphy starter kit last year, and I have to say there is a serious learning curve to writing with such a strange new object. You’re in luck though, because there is a simple trick to getting the look of calligraphy with an ordinary pen or marker. Professional calligraphers also use this trick when they are writing on a surface that is not practical to use a pen and ink on, such as wood.
First, write your chosen words in regular cursive. If you don’t have the best cursive, you may want to sketch out the words in pencil first.
Next, wherever you wrote in a downstroke, go back and draw a second line next to the original.
Finally, fill in both of the lines of the downstroke.
Voilà! You have created your own faux calligraphy. The reason this trick works is because it gives you the look of the thin “hairlines” in calligraphy that are created on upstrokes, when you are not putting pressure on the tip of the calligraphy pen (called a nib). Now that you’ve got the idea, you can practice with different styles of cursive and writing mediums! One of my favorite ways to use this trick is with a paint pen, it creates a really nice look on holiday crafts.
Did you know it was so easy to create the look of calligraphy? We’d love to hear if you give it a try!