(Closed) Faux Calligraphy help

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

That is exactly what I did for my invitations.  I printed a script font with a light grey color and then traced over it with a calligraphy pen.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love faux-ligraphy!  Plan on doing it myself.

Exactly as Miss ASB has said to do it!  Jingle also has a tutorial on her blog about it btw. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mamadee – I did the same thing as well.  I searched around for a font I loved – I ended up going to dafont.com and downloading the “Chopin” script.  I ran it through the printer in grey ink, then traced over it with – very important part –  a liquid ink pen.  I used a calligraphy pen for some, and then one that had liquid ink for the rest (some were like thin sharpies, the others had a see thru chamber so you could see the liquid ink.)  I also played with the sizes so the first letter of every word was a different size font than the rest of the word.  Let me find a photo for you

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

here we go.  The photo is grainy, the actual calligraphy was much cleaner but you get the idea

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m planning on doing this also and would love to see some pictures. Also, what brand of pens did you ladies use? I went to Michael’s and JoAnn’s and the selection was surprisingly thin. I got some Pigma brand pens, but they’re not liquid ink pens, which is what I really need.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

yeah you NEED liquid ink – nothing else looks authentic and regular ink doesnt cover the compuer ink sufficiently.  I THINK my best one was called an “Expresso” thin point.  Sanford Liquid Expresso I think…

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just added this topic to my favorites. I really want calligraphy, but cannot make myself pay for it. Great idea ladies!! Thanks for the info!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Tonya – I have to tell you..it TOOK. FOR. EVER. for me to do.  When I say foreve, I am talking HOURS and HOURS.  If I could do it all over again I’d have hired a calligrapher.  You can find calligraphers for cheap.  I did about 200 outer and inner envelopes and wanted to SCREAM at the end.  I am also not a patient person lol.  Id suggest trying a few first and imagine yourself doing x amount of them

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ Kelly, Thanks for the advice! Trying it first sounds like a great idea. I am “usually” a fairly patient person, but I can see where doing this may drive be a bit crazy! =)

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also did this.  I did not use a calligraphy pen though, as I just couldn’t get it to work.  I used a uniball pen I bought at Wal-Mart for 2 for $4. I agree with PP-it took FOREVER, but totally worth $4 and the time as they look great!  I started doing 15 by hand a night and that seemed like a decent amount and didn’t make my hand cramp too badly:-)  Good luck!

Post # 14
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t use liquid ink for mine.  I just used one of the calligraphy pens with the slanted edge.  You can find them at Micheals, Hobby Lobby, or the like.  As for the font, I found one I liked off of dafont.com.  They have a lot of ones for free there.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m planning on doing my own calligraphy and luckily Fiance and Future Mother-In-Law both have quite a few calligraphy pens because he learned from his mother. Mostly they have the basic kits with a standard nib and several different colors, but they also come with a book of example fonts and explanations as to the best way to hold a pen and WHY you need to hold it a specific way to make it look nice. I’ve been practicing and I’m only planning on doing the name/address that each envelope is going to and our names on the invitation. I may end up doing monograms if we choose to do so and the RSVP on the RSVP slip. I’m only doing about 35 invitations though, so I should be able to do it pretty quick.

Tip: To keep your hand from cramping up after only a few, keep your muscles loose and let the movement encompass your entire arm rather than just your hand/wrist. It also allows the pen/letters to flow much nicer.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m going to have the return addy’s printed but will only myself attempt the front address, unless I find my stationer is going to give me a heckuva deal on doing that for me.

That faux-ligraphy looks amazing KellyV!  Wow!

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