Hey y’all! Have you ever wanted to create faux calligraphy, but you’re not sure where to start? I’m going to show you how today! I’ll be using Tombow’s brand new MONO Drawing Pens for this tutorial. If you haven’t seen them yet, you’re going to LOVE them!
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Before you get started creating your faux calligraphy with the MONO Drawing Pens, you’ll need to grab some paper! I love using Canson’s Marker Paper when I’m lettering because I can slip some lined paper underneath and keep my lettering straight without having to draw out guidelines. You don’t have to use this paper though – one of the many benefits of the MONO Drawing Pens is that they can be used on virtually any type of paper, so if you want to grab some regular old copy paper for this type of lettering practice, be my guest!
Step 1: Draw monoline letters
The first step to creating faux calligraphy is to draw your monoline letters. All the word monoline means is that each letter’s stroke is the same width. With Tombow’s new MONO Drawing Pens, this step is super easy because the tips of these pens come in 3 widths – 01, 03 and 05. Regardless of how much pressure you put on the pen when you’re using it, you’ll still get the same width for your strokes. Yay for not having to remember “heavy down, light up” while you’re lettering this way!
Step 2: Add thickness to downstrokes
Now that you have your monoline letters drawn, it’s time to add thickness to your downstrokes! An easy way to find where you should add thickness is by putting it anywhere that your hand physically is moving down when you’re creating the letters. An exception to this rule is for cross bars, which are the parts of your letter that cross (like the cross of a lowercase t or a capital A) – always keep those nice and thin, regardless of how you form them. I did this by simply adding an additional line along the downstroke areas. Try to keep the spacing for this line consistent throughout all the letters you’re using for faux calligraphy.
Step 3: Fill in the downstrokes
I used MONO Drawing Pen 01 for steps 1-2, but when it was time to fill in the downstrokes I changed to a thicker tip size – 05. The thicker tip allows you to easily fill on those downstroke areas to create the illusion of calligraphy (thus, faux calligraphy)!
And there you have it! How to create faux calligraphy with the Tombow MONO Drawing Pens in 3 simple steps!
I’d love to see your examples of faux calligraphy if you share them – tag me on Instagram by using @brittanyluiz. And if you want more in-depth instruction on faux calligraphy, check out the Fauxligraphy class on Brit+Co taught by Alyssa Thiel!