Calligraphy and Faux Calligraphy

Hello, readers!!!!

The last post was just an introduction and welcome post.  This post is going to be more fun.  You probably already know what I am going to be talking about by the title.  Yes, you guessed right.  This post is about calligraphy.  If you are a beginner and want to get into calligraphy, then this post is for you.

Have you ever wondered what calligraphy is?  I used to, but I quickly learned the answer was very simple.  Calligraphy is just hand written art done by using a writing utensil: such as a pen with a nib and others.  A good way to practice calligraphy inexpensively is by practicing something called faux calligraphy, another type of calligraphy.

Faux calligraphy is when you use the same techniques of calligraphy and apply them without an actual calligraphy utensil, so you can use any writing utensil you prefer such as a pencil, a pen, or a marker.  With faux calligraphy, I think it is very important to keep your downstrokes consistent (the same width).

The main focuses of both calligraphy and faux calligraphy are the strokes or lines.  When you hear someone say they write calligraphy, they are basically telling you that the lines that make up the letters alternate in thickness.  The most important part of the thick strokes used in calligraphy is that they are created on the down stroke.  The down stroke is crucial.  However, with faux calligraphy, it takes more time to color in the thick (down) strokes; some people don’t even fill in the down strokes, and you don’t have to fill them in as long as they are there.

When I practice faux calligraphy, I struggle with consistency a lot, but practicing faux calligraphy helps to reiterate the tools and tips of calligraphy because it forces you to know when and where to apply the rules, which in my opinion, is great for beginners and excellent for practice.

There are many calligraphy practice methods out there, but I prefer drills.  A drill is a technique that calls for writing or creating basic strokes over and over again.  Some don’t even do strokes.  Some calligraphers practice words over and over again instead of just practicing the strokes.  I don’t think it matters which method you use as long as it works for you.

For example, in the pictures below, you can see that I am practicing letters, words, and strokes.  I also show you the different thicknesses.  All I used was a number two pencil, which you can probably find around the house.  If you pay close attention, you can see that there are thin and thick strokes (lines), some of them unfilled.  The thin strokes are performed by dragging or pulling or pushing your writing utensil upward, and the down strokes are performed by pulling your writing utensil downward.  It is important to create thickness on the downstrokes because it will more than likely feel most natural.   Do what feels right to you.

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faux calligraphy

 

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calligraphy practice

 

I have not been doing calligraphy or faux calligraphy for very long, a few months maybe.  However, I’ve noticed that I really enjoy doing it in my spare time.  If calligraphy is something you are interested in trying, don’t hesitate.   For inspiration and practice purposes, I would suggest browsing YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook.  Many good calligraphers have said that you do not need to have pretty handwriting or pretty cursive to do calligraphy.  Try out calligraphy or even faux calligraphy, and see how you like it.  Maybe with a little practice and determination, you can even do calligraphy as a profession.

I hope this post helped you.  See you in the next one!!!

Below are some links from my favorite calligraphers from YouTube.  I even threw in a left-handed calligrapher for my left-handed readers.

If you’re interested in what tools to use, click the links below.