Faux (French for fake and sounds so much cooler) Calligraphy is where we essentially do a hack to make our handwriting look like calligraphy without using a fancy calligraphy dip pen. We will take you through 4 steps to create a beautiful hand lettered thank you card that will be sure to make someone’s day. For this project you will need a nice piece of smooth cardstock and 3 pens - The Copic Multiliner Brush Medium Pen, the Copic Multiliner 0.8 Pen and the Copic Multiliner 0.5 Pen. Feel free to copy my exact design or create your own cursive “Thank You” and then use the principles to make it look like calligraphy. Are you ready?
STEP 1 - WRITE CURSIVE "THANK YOU" USING THE COPIC MULTILINER BRUSH MEDIUM PEN
Write “Thank you” in cursive using the copic multiliner brush medium pen. You can print out this lettering design if you’d like to copy it exactly or you can copy it roughly and come up with your own version. The great thing about hand lettering is when you come up with your own perfectly imperfect design. Try some different sketches and then pick your favorite to write onto your cardstock.
STEP 2 - DRAW THINNER LINES TO MARK WHERE TO THICKEN THE DOWNSTROKES USING THE COPIC MULTILINER 0.8 PEN
In order to fake everyone out and make our handwriting look like calligraphy, we next take the Copic Multiliner 0.8 and following the curve of the letters, draw next to the downstrokes. This means anytime your hand is literally making a downward motion as you write, you want to make that section thicker. The upstrokes are where your hand is moving in an upward motion and those strokes will be thin. Note: cross-strokes to the side are also thin!
If you wanted to, you could leave these sections “empty” as you see here. I have done this at times and it is a cool option to have. You could also color it in with a different color!
STEP 3 - COLOR IN THE THICKENED SECTIONS USING THE COPIC MULTILINER 0.8 PEN
In Step 3, you use the Copic Multiliner 0.8 pen to color in the downstroke sections that you outlined in section 2. When you do this, it really gives it a calligraphy look where people may think you’ve actually use a dip or brush calligraphy pen!
STEP 4 - DRAW SHADOW LINES TO THE LEFT OF EACH LETTER WITH COPIC MULTILINER 0.5
To add more interest to your lettering, use the Copic Multiliner 0.5 to add shadows to the left of all of your letter shapes. This is just a nice touch to add at the end that gives more dimension and variety to your lettering design.
Write a heartfelt note inside and deliver to someone, thanking them for being an awesome human (you will probably make their day!).
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on creating a handmade hand lettered Thank You card and hope you’ll keep practicing and having fun with this faux calligraphy method!
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You can take a class on Hand Lettering basics at Pinners in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 4 - 5th. Learn more about it, here.