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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.

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

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

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Next step is to simply erase your pencil marks.

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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.

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

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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 | allHisgrace.net

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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