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Is dip pen calligraphy too intimidating? Learn how to create fake calligraphy with supplies you probably already have.
Not ready to do dip pen calligraphy or want a new method of hand-lettering? Use various writing instruments to create beautiful fake calligraphy that looks almost identical to the real thing.

Posted by destinationdecoration from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States • Published See destinationdecoration's 7 projects »
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  • How to draw a piece of calligraphy. How To Create Fake Calligraphy - Step 1
    Step 1

    The first thing that you'll want to do is write your phrase in a nice cursive font. To keep your writing straight and even, you may want to create guidelines. I darkened my lines using a photo editor, but you'll want to keep your lines fairly light so they don't leave marks when you erase them. Leave some space between your letters because your lines will eventually become thicker.

  • How to draw a piece of calligraphy. How To Create Fake Calligraphy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, trace over your letters with your pen. Pay attention to how your pen moves on the paper: When does it move up? When does it move down? This will be important in the next step.

  • How to draw a piece of calligraphy. How To Create Fake Calligraphy - Step 3
    Step 3

    Did you pay attention to your upstrokes and downstrokes? Great! Now you'll want to thicken your downstrokes by drawing a line parallel to your downstrokes. Curve your thick line on the beginning and end of your stroke so that it blends with your original lines. I tend to put my thickening lines on the left side unless there isn't room.

  • How to draw a piece of calligraphy. How To Create Fake Calligraphy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now color in the thick lines that you made.

  • How to draw a piece of calligraphy. How To Create Fake Calligraphy - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wait at least a half an hour, then erase the guidelines. Voila!

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cstankee
cstankee · Wheatland, Iowa, US
Love very understandable too
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Lebogang M.
Lebogang M. · Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
I have made three batches with no success. Mine gets really hard when it cools off. I've read some supposed to be as hard as glass when you tap on it with a spoon.
Help pleas
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Pearle D.
Pearle D. · Corpus Christi, Texas, US · 12 projects
Awesome! Thank you.
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