Modern Calligraphy: Learn Faux Calligraphy (+ FREE worksheet)

Modern Calligraphy: Learn Faux Calligraphy (+ FREE worksheet)

I am so glad you guys are here to try out faux calligraphy. Personally, it is a favourite of mine and I use it on most of my work as I work with materials that you cannot use brush pens on (these are materials like wood, acrylic, glass, slate).

It was the first type of modern calligraphy I learnt and I think it is a great way for you to begin this journey too.

Faux calligraphy is a style of modern calligraphy, in which you manually add in the ‘downstrokes’ and ‘mimic’ the effect that a brush pen would make. You can write in your own style and create the same beautiful effect, without the added pressure of learning to use a brush pen (I know I struggled with this!)

The first and most important thing to learn in modern calligraphy, no matter what type, are what the upstrokes & down strokes are and where these need to go in your lettering. These are the thicker and thinner lines on your letters and they are created depending on if you are moving in an ‘UPWARD’ Vs a ‘DOWNWARD direction’ with your pen.

An ‘UPWARD’ stroke should be a thin line
A ‘DOWNWARD’ stroke should be a thick line


You may think you need fancy tools to do calligraphy but this isn’t the case, with this type. You can use pens you have around the house or buy these cheaply at local shops. The only thing you must make sure is that they do not have a flexible nib for faux calligraphy.

Basic Strokes:

You may have seen people on social media talk about the ‘basic strokes’ when doing calligraphy, don’t worry if you haven’t that’s why we are here, to learn!

The basic strokes are what make up every letter in the alphabet, you might be thinking ‘what you on about?’ I totally get it but it does make sense don’t worry and in the long run will make your calligraphy much better if you take the time to learn these.

If you haven’t practised these before, head over to my basic stroke’ free worksheet and practice these too.

Putting it together:

Once you have an idea of how to put the letters together using your basic strokes and have understood the rule of adding weight to your ‘downstrokes’ you can work on your letters and begin to create a faux calligraphy alphabet.

Head to our FREE worksheet and try the full faux calligraphy alphabet.


I would love to see your work, tag us on Instagram or send me private messages!

You got this xo


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