pen journal + how-to calligraphy

On the blog today is a step-by-step process for a simple pen journal entry. I talked about my favorite pens in this post, and used the 001 on this entry.

First off, I always sketch my words out in pencil. This way I know that everything will fit in the space and where I want it to go! And so far, the cheap Bic pencils are my favorite.


After sketching out your words in pencil, take your pen and go over the pencil.


You can see that I usually don’t trace it exactly over the pencil. And that’s OK!


Next step is to simply erase your pencil marks.


Now we’re going to do a little fake calligraphy! This is my favorite part *wink*.

You want to make your down strokes thicker. So whenever you’re writing a word and your hand is moving down, you want to make that stroke thicker.


And then fill in the lines. Easy peasy, right?


Here’s a diagram showing the down strokes in the word ‘grace’. You can see where I drew a second line and filled it in to make a thicker stroke.

Fake Calligraphy |

How do you do a pen-only journal entry? If you have any tips, leave a comment. I’d love to hear!

  • Suzanne Crawford - I love this! Thank you for sharing! I want to learn calligraphy but I am not sure I have the dedication. This ‘fake calligraphy’ is awesome!ReplyCancel

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