Using Your Pencil for Faux Calligraphy

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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