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Faux calligraphy with a red Sarasa Fineliner Marker

How to Create Faux Calligraphy in 4 Simple Steps

By: JoAnne Ovenell of @theletteringcompanion

Hello! I’m Jo of @theletteringcompanion. I am an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pen USA, a calligrapher, and lettering artist based in Washington State. Today, I’m going to teach you how to create faux calligraphy.

What is Faux Calligraphy?

To understand faux calligraphy, let’s discuss a little background on calligraphy. As you might know, calligraphy is the art of creating beautiful letters. Calligraphy has a distinctive appearance with thin and thick strokes, unlike cursive, which is written with a single line weight. With calligraphy, each letter is “drawn” with separate strokes to create thin and thick lines. Calligraphy is created with a flexible nib dip pen or a marker.

Faux calligraphy uses fine tipped markers to imitate the effect of calligraphy. It is created by going over certain parts of your text with bolder strokes and filing it in. Practicing faux calligraphy can help you learn where to place the thick strokes compared the placement of thin strokes. It also gives you the ability to create calligraphy without a flexible nib pen.

Faux Calligraphy Materials

To begin, let’s gather our supplies. The only materials you need is paper and pen. I like to use the Sarasa Fineliner or a Zensations Technical Drawing Pen. Both pens are great to use for faux calligraphy because they have vibrant ink, write smoothly, and dry quickly—which means no smudging. This is very helpful if you are like me and get impatient while waiting for things to dry.

 

Cursive handwriting

Step 1: Write your word or phrase

The first step is to write your word or phrase in cursive on paper. Be sure to leave plenty of space between each letter, making sure not to crowd them. We will be adding thickness to each letter in the next step.

 

Cursive writing

Step 2: Retrace over your words to identify the downstrokes

The next step is to identify the downstrokes within your word or phrase. With your pen held above the paper, rewrite your text in the air. Each time your pen moves downwards toward the bottom of the page, this is considered a downstroke.

Whenever you form a downstroke, add a parallel line to thicken that stroke. Remember, we want the downstrokes to be thick and the upstrokes to be thin. I have drawn arrows in the photo above to show you where the down strokes should be. Continue adding a line to each down stroke to all your letters. Take your time and enjoy the process.

 

Step 3: Fill in the gaps

After you have added all your extra downstrokes, it’s time for the fun part! Color in all your double-lined down strokes to make them thicker. The Sarasa Fineliner’s thin tip provides precise control, allowing you to easily stay within the lines when laying down color. You can create additional vibrancy to the color by adding more layers of the same color.

 

Faux calligraphy

Step 4: Display your faux calligraphy

Practicing your faux calligraphy will help it become easier and easier. Learning faux calligraphy is a helpful steppingstone to learning traditional calligraphy since it teaches you where to add thickness in your letterforms.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and it inspires you to continue with your calligraphy journey. For more calligraphy inspiration, check out Shelley Hitz’s Brush Lettering for Beginners tutorial.

January themed bullet journal

How to Set Goals with A Level 10 Life Spread in Your Bullet Journal

By Andrea of @wildeyesbujo

Hello! I’m Andrea from @wildeyesbujo. With the start of the new year, I’m going to show you how I set up a January monthly overview and a Level 10 Life layout in my bullet journal.January bullet journal month at a glance

January Monthly Overview Bullet Journal Design

Each month, I create a cover page and a “month at a glance” page in my bullet journal. The theme I’m going with this month is mystical stars and moons. Now, let’s get started!

First, I draw everything out in pencil and then outline the design in pen. To outline, I used Zebra Zensations Technical Drawing Pens in sizes 0.3 and 0.8. These are great for outlining because the black ink doesn’t bleed when I go back to add color.

Next, I used Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pens to add color. I’ve always been a fan of Zebra’s Mildliner products because of its mild, translucent color—which is perfect for this month’s theme. They’re also great because they don’t bleed through my journal pages, even when I color more than one layer.

Finally, I added the January title and colored in the border using Zebra Zensations Brush Pen in the medium tip. The brush tip is firm but flexible, making it easy to control when lettering. I love using this “month at a glance” layout because it’s very straight to the point and allows me to see what events and appointments I have going on each month.

 

Level 10 Life bullet journal spread

Level 10 Life BUJO Design

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I wanted to use a Level 10 Life layout to set and track goals throughout the coming year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Level 10 Life, it’s an honest assessment of where you are in 10 different areas of your life with the goal of living your best at ‘Level 10.’

The ten areas can be different for everyone depending on what stage in life you are in. The ten areas I’ll be tracking are:

  • Spirituality
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Relationship
  • Fun & Recreation
  • Giving & Contribution
  • Physical Environment
  • Health & Fitness
  • Family & Friends
  • Growth

I first created an assessment page to measure where I believe I am in the 10 areas. Then, I developed a goals page of how I plan on reaching a Level 10. For both pages, I used Zensations Technical Pens to outline, Mildliner Brush Pens to add color, and Zensations Brush Pen for lettering. For all my work, I love using Zensations Technical Pens because the pigment is so rich—so it doesn’t fade when I go back to erase any leftover pencil marks. And once again, the mild color of the Mildliners Brush Pens adds a dreamy pop of color and the perfect finishing touch. They are definitely a must-have for any bullet journal enthusiast.

I’m looking forward to tracking and seeing my progress towards a Level 10 Life. I hope you’re all inspired to create similar pages in your bullet journals. For more bullet journal inspiration, check out @wellellabujo’s tutorial on 3 Ways to Use A Bullet Journal to Stay Active.

 

Thanksgiving placecard

Personalize Your Thanksgiving Table with These DIY Place Cards

By Mai of @mai.notebook

Hello! It’s Mai from @mai.notebook and I’m here today to share with you four easy ways to make a place card for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Creating place cards doesn’t always have to be elaborate. I will walk you through some very easy-to-follow examples that will be sure to help you spruce up any table setting. Let’s get started!

Place card with written calligraphy

Burlap Place Card Design

For this first place card, I used one of my favorite Zebra brush pens—the Mildliner Double Ended Brush Pen in red. These pens come in beautiful colors, making them a create choice for this project. I chose a textured paper that reminded me of fall to go along with it. One way you can add a little extra design is by using ribbons or string. In this case, I chose a structured burlap ribbon.

 

Place card with calligraphy in a wine cork stand

Wine Cork Holder Place Card Design

For this next place card, I wanted to go very simple and elegant. I used the Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen in shiny gold and regular cardstock paper. The Sarasa Clip Gel pens write so smoothly and come in so many fun colors. For the place card holder, I repurposed an old cork from a bottle of wine. I simply shaved the bottom of it with a cutter to stop it from rolling, and then made a slit down the middle to hold the name card.

 

Calligraphy placecard on a pinecone holder

Pinecone Holder Place Card Design

In this next example, I used the Zebra Metallic Brush Pens in Metallic Silver. To highlight the metallic aspect of the brush pen, I opted to use black paper. When I use black paper, I always think of using the Metallic Brush Pens. They’re so juicy, which a quality you want in a brush pen.

Of course, you may use whatever kind of paper you have on hand. Have some fun and experiment to find what kind of paper you like best! I advocate repurposing things, so for this place card I collected pinecones from around my house. They sure do give you that fall feeling, don’t they?

 

Placeholder tag on a pumpkin

Gift Tag Place Card Design

For this last example, I decided to be a little more involved. I thought it would be a cute idea to add a “gift tag” to a pumpkin that your guest can take home. You can of course use a ready-made tag, or you can make one yourself. I used cardstock to make this one. First, I cut it down to make a 3×2 inch rectangle. Then, I cut the sides to add some shape and interest. You can really get creative and do whatever shape you like!

To create the lettering, I used both the Zebra Zensations Brush Pen and the Zebra Zensations Technical Pen with an extra fine 0.5mm tip. One of the things I love about the Zensations Brush Pens, aside from how well they write, is that they come in so many different brush tip sizes. It’s great because you can choose the best size for your project. The Zensations Technical Pen has rich black color and is smudge-free.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Happy creating, and happy Thanksgiving! For more hand-lettering inspiration, check out @the.lettering.fern’s hand lettering tutorial with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens.

"Love" hand lettered with Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Hand Lettering Tips for Beginners Using Zebra Metallic Brush Pens

Hey everyone! It’s Erin from @the.lettering.fern and I am here to tell you all about the Zebra Metallic Brush Pens. I’ve tried many different Metallic Brush pens and these Zebra ones are some of the best! They POP on black paper, write smoothly, and have a great flexible brush tip. The pens have plenty of ink to give you those juicy downstrokes when hand lettering.

There are 3 parts to this hand lettering tutorial: Basic strokes, some letter connections/words, and finishing up with a small project. The Metallic Brush Pens from Zebra Pen have a soft and flexible tip, so you can get a variety of stroke sizes. Let’s get started.

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Five Easter DIY Cards

Hello there! I’m Angie from @anjcreativeletters.

Today I want to show you how to make easy and simple Easter cards using different Zebra pen products!

Let’s Begin!


Card 1: Happy Easter

Materials:

Zebra Funwari Brush Pens

How to make it:

Just simply write “Happy Easter” at the center of the card.
You can use you lettering/calligraphy style using the Funwari Brush Pens.


Card 2: Easter Wishes

Materials:

Zebra Funwari Brush Pens

Zebra Mildliner Creative Marker

How to make it:

At the left bottom part of your card, draw leaves and florals using Mildliner Creative Markers.

At the top right corner of the card hand letter “Easter Wishes” using the Funwari Brush Pen.


Card 3: Some Bunny Loves You

Materials:

Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen

Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zensations Technical Drawing Pens

How to make it:

Draw 3 bunnies horizontally using the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil.

Trace your bunnies using the Zebra Technical Drawing Pen and color the tracings using Zensations Colored Pencil.

Write the word or hand-letter “Some Bunny Loves You” around the bottom part of the card.


Card 4: He is Risen

Materials:

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Zebra Medium Brush Pen

How to make it:

This card is as simple as Card 1, but first you draw a frame about 1 inch from the edges of the card.

Hand letter the word “He is Risen” inside the frame using the Zebra Brush Pen.

Color the empty space outside the frame using the Zensations Brush Pen. Get creative with your frame design!


Card 5: Happy Easter – Floral Wreath

Materials:

Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen

Zensations Technical Drawing Pen

Zensations Colored Pencils

Zebra Drafix Technical Pencil

How to make it:

First draw a circle outline centered on the card using the Zebra Drafix Pencil.

Next, draw some florals and leaves to make a wreath. Use the Zebra Drafix Pencil first, then finalize your wreath design using the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen. Color your wreath as you like using the Zensations Colored Pencils.

In the middle of the wreath, hand-letter “Happy Easter” using the Zebra Extra Fine Brush Pen.