Fake Calligraphy in Three Easy Steps

January 27, 2016

As a life-long doodler of words, I often get asked questions about penmanship and calligraphy. I doodle lettering on anything and everything — napkins, grocery lists, you name it! My husband (Mr. AG) will even tell you that I often unconsciously “air-doodle” with an imaginary pen, on imaginary paper. Whoops!

While I don’t discriminate against any particular lettering style, I tend to favor calligraphy. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, though. Majority of the time, I fake my calligraphy. (Gasp!) Why? Because real calligraphy is equal parts hard and messy.

Here are three easy steps to fake calligraphy and instantly up your lettering game!

Step 1: When writing in cursive, stretch out your tails.


Step 2: Employ the bouncing baseline.


Step 3: Thicken only your down strokes.



All together now…


And there you have it! See what a difference that makes? Now you, too, can start faking calligraphy. And before long, you’ll find yourself air-doodling, too!

To see a quick time lapse of the entire process, click here

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  • Reply Justine January 28, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing your secrets 🙂

    • Reply admin January 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Happy doodling! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Great tips Abby! I’ve always loved your handwriting, but I never knew so much thought went into it (but you put so much thought into everything :-)!. LOVED the thickening the down strokes–mind blown.

  • Reply Tyger Paul January 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Abby! Love this! Can’t wait to try it in the store!! THANK YOU.
    Love, Tyger

  • Reply Julie Swain January 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    So fun, Abby! Love that you have your own blog. Congrats, you very “modern lady.” 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay January 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Love this! Now I need to throw a party so I can address invites using your awesome tips and tricks. 🙂

  • Reply Candy January 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply Renita November 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Oh my word. I having being trying to master the bouncy letters. When I saw this was definitely and Ah-ha moment. Thank you.

    • Reply Abby November 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      So glad it was helpful! Happy lettering! 🙂

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