Hey everyone, Darra here! Calligraphy is one of my favorite things to do! Honestly my whole career is based off of it haha. I remember when I was first starting out, I was so overwhelmed. Which pens do I need? Brush pens? Pointed pens? Nibs? It was so much! Then I found faux calligraphy and it sounded like the perfect way to get my feet wet! Kassa chalk markers are the perfect tool to do faux calligraphy with, especially because you can just wipe your letters off and practice some more!
What is Faux Calligraphy?
Faux calligraphy is a way to achieve calligraphy style lettering without a dip pen or brush pen. The bullet tip side of your Kassa chalk marker is perfect for it because it is a monoline (meaning all lines are the same width) writing utensil. You then go over all of the downstrokes again, to double their width, giving your lettering the traditional calligraphy look. Learning faux calligraphy first helps your muscle memory build up so you know all of the basic lettering shapes before you even dive in with a traditional calligraphy pen!
Learning Basic Strokes
In calligraphy there are two main basic strokes that you need to know. That is upstrokes and downstrokes. Your upstrokes are always the thinnest part of your word and your downstrokes are the thickest. You can practice these by taking your chalk marker up and down to make squiggles on your chalkboard vinyl. Every time you go down, go over that line again to make it twice as thick.
Writing a Word
Once you feel warmed up, take your chalk marker and write a word in cursive on your chalkboard vinyl. Make sure you leave a decent amount of space between your letters, so you have room to add your downstrokes.
Reinforce Your Downstrokes
Look at your word and find your downstrokes. A downstrokes is whenever you pull your pen down, towards you to make a stroke. There are downstrokes in every letter. Now, draw lines that are parallel to your original downstrokes. You want it to remain the same distance from the original line for the entire letter. If it’s too close in one spot and too far away in another, Your lettering will look wonky. You can draw the second line on either side of the first! Whichever side you have the most room to add this line.
Filling in the Gaps
Sometimes you may have little gaps between the original line and the new one. Just take your chalk marker and fill those in. This will make it look like one cohesive stroke, instead of two lines next to each other.
It’s important to learn faux calligraphy if you want to make chalkboard signs because dip pens and brush pens don’t work on chalkboards well! So faux calligraphy is a chalk letterer’s best friend. In the video below you can watch me Letter the entire alphabet with my Kassa markers on the chalkboard vinyl! I know this can be a little confusing, but after doing it a few times, it will feel like second nature! So happy Lettering! Feel free to share your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #kassamoment so we can see them!