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Faux Calligraphy

Posted June 9th, 2014

Last week I shared how I had taken a calligraphy class in third grade and while I remember virtually nothing from the course, I've always had an affinity for hand writing. When I posted this note I left on G's computer (we're not an overly mushy couple, but I'd been a monster earlier that day), I received a lot of questions about how I wrote it. There are dozens of handwriting tutorials out there, but I figured I'd share some of my simple tips on how to make yours look less like scribble-scrabble and slightly more professional.

Before I create a final version of anything, I warm up for a few minutes, practicing what I'm going to write and how it's going to look. I write in a sort of playful, modern cursive that intentionally doesn't look too perfect - if there are some letters that are slightly lower than others or larger, that's okay.

Once I finish the initial lettering, I trace back over the downward strokes of each letter, and thicken it ever so slightly. The parts of the letters where your pen is moving upward, leave untouched.

I use this type of writing when I'm penning a birthday card, addressing a letter or for place cards at dinner parties. If you're planning your wedding (or any party, really), this is a great way to save money by doing it yourself.

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