One of the best decisions I made whilst planning my wedding was learning how to do faux calligraphy. I managed to DIY a lot of my wedding stationary which helped saved a few pennies, and since the wedding I’ve been able to make my bullet journal look prettier with a lot less effort! Once you have the initial lettering down, the ‘calligraphy’ part is actually pretty easy – so don’t be intimidated by it, you’ll be surprised by what you can achieve! Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have an understanding of how to create beautiful lettering, and all you will need is a biro!
The first thing you want to do is get your lettering down (you can do this in pencil first if it makes it easier). I like to use a swirly style of writing, something you would more traditionally associate with calligraphy, but this technique will still work with a simpler font too. This is definitely the hardest part of the process, and just takes a bit of practice to get in the flow of it. If you are struggling it may help to watch a few handwriting videos (there are tonnes on Youtube), that should help you visualise the letters a bit more!
With proper calligraphy, you press harder on the down strokes when you are writing to get a thicker line. So for the next step you need to mark out where your thicker lines would be, like I have done in the middle row of the picture above. I try to make sure that the lines all meet together nicely at a point, so the writing doesn’t end up too blocky. All you do after that is colour in the gaps and you have your faux calligraphy!
Above are some examples of the lettering I use myself, just to give you an idea of what kinds of things you can do. As you can see my lettering is by no means perfect so don’t be too worried if yours isn’t either – I find once it’s all joined together it all looks better anyway!
I hope some of these tips and tricks have helped some of you! I’ve found knowing how to do this really handy, especially when it came to the wedding and it’s also great for my bullet journal too. If you have any questions let me know in the comments!