The secret to “faking” calligraphy


When I learned this fauxligraphy trick it made all the difference. I finally understood how to do thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes!


Before I even had a brush pen, I made everything with my Pilot G-2 pen. Why? Because that’s what I had. I’m too frugal for my own good. 🙂

People started noticing me on Instagram. They would ask what brush pen I was using… I felt like I needed to keep it a secret because I wasn’t actually that talented, I didn’t know how to use a brush pen! Then I realized that fauxligraphy is a real thing that everyone uses, not just beginners.

If you ever want to use a paint pen or chalk pen, you are going to need to know this skill since they don’t come in brushes. Also, it’s really fun and you don’t have to worry about transitioning from thick to thin strokes!

  1. Write a word in cursive with a pen or pencil.
  2. Thicken each downstroke by drawing a line and filling it in.

That’s it! It couldn’t be more simple!

Watch this video to see how it’s done:


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