Using Your Pencil for Faux Calligraphy 2

Hello friends!¬†Smitha here sharing my process of faux calligraphy with you. Bounce lettering is very popular these days, but it does not come naturally to me. So using a pencil to help sketch out the steps first helps me achieve a better finished look. I’ll show you how I do it in today’s tutorial. Smitha_Pencil_faux_Calligraphy6

Material list:


Step 1:

First we need to draw out a sketch. Start with a light pencil like 2H or 4H. Draw your words and erase them as much as you need to till you have something that you like.


Step 2:

Once you have your words in place, add an extra line to all the downstrokes. Faux calligraphy basically means creating the look of brush lettering without a brush pen. So just with the pencil, mark all the downstrokes. Then add in some extra details and flower doodles too.


Step 3:

Now we can start inking our lettering. Using the MONO Twin Permanent Marker carefully go over all the pencil lines. Having a pencil sketch in place makes me so much more confident while inking. There is no guess work here, everything has a place and we are just inking it all.


Step 4:

Next, using the marker tip fill in all of those downstrokes, and voila’ your faux calligraphy is complete. Gently erase all the pencil lines once done to have a neat finished product.


I love how this turned out! While we do spend a few extra minutes on the pencil sketch it helps us greatly with the finished product. Do you always use a pencil for a sketch or do you just go for it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Crafting!


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2 thoughts on “Using Your Pencil for Faux Calligraphy

  • leque12

    Not all pencils quordle are created equal. And, not all pencils are designed for calligraphy. In fact, many calligraphy pencils are designed for kids and/or beginners who are learning the skill. These pencils have softer leads and can’t produce a thick line like a normal graphite pencil.