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How to Practice Faux Calligraphy + FREE PRINTABLE

by Guest Blogger 13 Aug 2020 0 Comments

Hi loves! It's Kate from @journalwithkate and I'm back with lettering tips! This blog post is all about faking it until you make it! If you want to learn how to get the look of brush lettering without the need for any fancy tools or previous knowledge and access to a FREE worksheet so you can start practicing right away, then keep on reading! 

Fake brush lettering is a fun way to dip your toes into fancy brush lettering. You can get the look of brush lettering without using a brush or a brush pen. This means you can letter anything without having the supplies. I'm going to show you how to make it by following there simple steps. 

Grab the free printable here

What is faux calligraphy? 

"Faux" is French for fake, false, imitation. Basically Faux Calligraphy is fake calligraphy. Faux calligraphy is often referred to as "Fauxlligrapy". You can create fauxlligraphy with any standard writing instrument like a pencil, pen or marker. Brush lettering is all about pressure-thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes. So how do you fauxlligrapy? It's super easy!

The supplies you'll need: 

  • A writing surface: my pick is the Archer & Olive Blackout Book. Today I want my colors to pop, so I wanted a black background for my letters!
  • A pencil and an eraser: I often sketch my letters out before doing the real work. 
  • A writing tool: literally any pen or marker! That's is the fun part of fauxlligraphy! My pick are the Archer and Olive Acrylograph pens because I love how the colors pop on top of the black paper!

You don't need any expensive tools. I bet you already have on hand what you need for this tutorial.

 How to Fauxlligraphy: 

  • Step 1: Write out the letters, a word or a quote on a piece of paper or in jour journal. Write slowly and pick up your pen after each stroke. 
  • Step 2: Draw the outlines to the downstroke of your letters. Try to keep each downstroke uniform in thickness.
  • Step 3: Fill in the outlines or choose to let it as is. It is entirely up to you. You can even fill in the outlines with a different color, lines, or dots. The goal is to create consistency with your letters. 

Congrats! You just faked the look of brush lettering. 

Can you tell the difference between fauxlligraphy and brush pen lettering? I definitely can't!

If you want to practice your fauxlligraphy, make sure to download your free printable here and start practicing!


I hope you find this tutorial helpful and you'll start creating fauxllligraphy today! I'd love to see what you create and how you use your Faux Calligraphy Practice Worksheet, so tag me (@journalwithkate) and @archerandolive on Instagram. 

Good luck and have fun!

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