How to do Faux Calligraphy

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Ever wanted to create something that looks like calligraphy, but you can’t use a calligraphy pen (either because you don’t know how, or because you’re writing on something other than paper)? That’s where faux calligraphy comes in handy!

Watch our video or follow along with the steps below:


  • Anything you can write with (pencil, marker, crayon, chalk)


  1. Write your words in cursive, trying to keep a little more space between the letters than normal.
  2. One at a time, go over each lettering in the air with your pen to figure out where the down strokes are. On just the down strokes, add a parallel line slightly offset from the original stroke.
  3. Fill in the gaps between the downstrokes to make them appear to be thick. Make sure that the thickness is consistent across your letters.

Here are a few examples of faux calligraphy in action. First, with an embossing pen:

And another style (as seen on Instagram), without filling in the gaps:

Faux calligraphy tutorial