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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.

Desk flat lay with Sarasa Grand Gel Pen, mug warmer, cell phone, and blue light glasses

6 Desk Items You Never Knew You Needed

While stocking up on desk accessories generally doesn’t rank high on the list of office priorities—it should. Most Americans spend more than 40 hours a week sitting at office desks. Adding some interesting gadgets and having a well-thought out work area can help you produce your best work and keep you organized and tidy.

Go Wireless

Say goodbye to the phone charging cables that are cluttering up your desk or taking up space in your office drawers and say hello to wireless charging. A wireless mobile charging pad is sleek, sophisticated, and gives you one less cable to deal with every day. It also gives you the ability to grab your phone quickly without hassle when you’re running 5 minutes late to that important meeting.

Feeling Blue

Do your eyes feel tired at the end of the workday? According to the Vision Council, about 60% of Americans surveyed experience some symptoms of digital eyestrain due to extended time in front of computer screens from due to blue light. Investing in a pair of blue light glasses can help relieve some of the unnecessary strain on your eyes—and even help you get a better night’s sleep, as blue light can disrupt natural sleep patterns.

Stand Out

Nothing’s more reliable than old fashioned pen and paper—but that doesn’t mean your pen has to look old fashioned. Choose a pen that empowers you to Choose Different in your professional career. The Zebra Pen Sarasa Grand Retractable Gel Pen features a smooth and sleek metal barrel that’s available in five fashionable colors. It’s the perfect pen to make a statement without sacrificing quality. If you’re looking for something more rugged and durable, try the STEEL F-701 All Metal Ballpoint Retractable Pen. This pen will help you get through any tough situation without giving up on a comfortable writing experience.

Keep it Warm

There’s nothing worse than making yourself a hot cup of coffee and letting the craziness of the day take over and turn your cup of joe to ice before you’ve had a sip. The best way to avoid cold coffee (unless you like it like that—this is a no judgement zone) is to find a mug warmer. Keeping a mug warmer at your desk will allow you to keep your beverages at optimum temperature throughout a busy workday.

Stress Relief

Toys aren’t just for kids. When the stress of the day begins to feel overwhelming or you find yourself mindlessly scrolling on your phone instead of focusing the task at hand, a fidget spinner or stress ball can help. Studies show that fidgeting may occupy parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts. Keep one of these at your desk for the next time you need to focus on the important things.

Detangle the Mess

Between the phone, laptop, computer monitor, tablet, and however many more electronic devices you may have, there’s already enough cables and chords to make a tangled mess. Keeping a cable organizer at your desk gives each cable their own specific spot so you can get rid of the chaos happening underneath your desk and keep a clear mind.

Your desk needs to be somewhere you can focus and get your work done without unnecessary distractions. Whether you work in an office or from your personal desk at home, these essential items are sure to make spending all those hours at your desk a little easier and more enjoyable.

Left Handed Pens?

Life can be inconvenient if you’re left-handed.

It seems the world is designed for righties. Everyday things that a right hander takes for granted, like door handles, spiral notebooks, and can openers add a layer of inconvenience for lefties. Computer keyboards have the number keypads on the right. A left-handed driver has to reach across his body to access the cup holder. Shaking hands is awkward.

But the number-one annoyance for left-handed Americans (there are about 28 million) is writing with an ordinary ballpoint pen. A right-hander uses an easy, natural pulling motion, whereas a left-hander has to push making writing a pain, literally. Add to that the ink smearing that accompanies the pushing motion and makes a mess of things. Is it too much to ask for a left-hander’s pen?

The right pen for lefties

There is good news for lefties. Advances in ink formulations have produced fast-drying ink, like the Rapid Dry Ink Technology perfected by Zebra Pen, and featured in Sarasa® pens. The water based gel ink dries in less than a second on most surfaces, so fast that lefties can write with confidence and no smears. A Sarasa® pen glides smoothly across the page making it easier to use for everyday writing needs. Sarasa® pens come in 14 vibrant colors, too.

If you’re an ink geek, or just want to find out more about this amazing ink, visit Zebra Pen Ink Innovation. Learn about differences in ink types and how they affect writing, and bone up on pen terminology.

Of course lefties (and righties) will also want to check out Sarasa®,
which was put to the test.

Independent test results

Fast Drying using ink innovation that is completely dry in under one second. See the test results
14 Colors Won the Color Vibrancy Test. See the test results
Rapid dry ink – this is something left-handed people have been dreaming of since 3000 BC when writing on papyrus scrolls and reed pens was fashionable. Progress takes time, but it’s worth it, thanks to the innovators at Zebra pen.

A Guide to Zebra Sarasa® Pens

A Guide to Zebra Sarasa® Pens

Do you love gel pens, but hate smears and smudges? Are you looking for bold, bright colors?

Sarasa® is the pen for you!

For everyday writing, keeping organized or creative expression, the smooth, reliable Sarasa® does it all.  A wide barrel and comfortable grip make writing a pleasure, and it’s   retractable, too.

Fast drying ink to the rescue

Zebra’s ink innovations lab perfected the Sarasa® ink formula that eliminates smearing. Using Rapid Dry Ink (RDI) Technology, the ink dries in less than a second on most surfaces, so you can write, draw or color to your heart’s content. No smudges, no smears. No worries.

Lefties love Sarasa®

For the tens of millions of people in the US who are left handed, writing with an ordinary pen can be a messy experience. As they move their hand across the page, the slow-drying ink blots and smears. Very frustrating. But Rapid Dry Ink (RDI) Technology delivers a clean, smear-proof writing experience for everyone.

Color your world

It seems like everyone is going crazy for color these days. Feeling creative? Sarasa® is perfect for artistic expression, and a popular choice for adult coloring. Sarasa® comes in 14 vibrant colors – all bold, beautiful and smear free. For keeping organized, taking notes, marking up papers or simply for the joy of it, Sarasa®’s colorful collection is fun and affordable.

Wow, a high performing, retractable gel pen with smooth flowing, fast-drying ink, wide barrel and comfortable grip. And it comes in 14 colors. Sarasa® could be the perfect pen!

Zebra offers several types of Sarasa® pens, so you can find the ones that are right for you. Explore the product line in our Guide to Sarasa® pens.

Sarasa® Gel Retractable Pen – Rapid Dry Ink Technology!


A fan favorite. Our top-selling retractable gel pen comes in 14 bold, vibrant colors and delivers a smooth flowing, no-smear writing experience. Life is never dull when you have Sarasa® gel pens.

Ideal for creative expression, the Sarasa® Gel Retractable Pen line features ink that is noticeably bright and vivid. And thanks to Rapid Dry Ink (RDI) technology, it dries in less than a second on most surfaces, so it never smears or smudges. Great for lefties. Available in a variety of point sizes. Write with joy and confidence, and express yourself with Sarasa® Gel Retractable Pens.

  • 14 Vibrant Ink Colors
  • Rapid Dry Ink (RDI) Technology dries in less than a second on most surfaces.
  • No Smears. No Smudges
  • Smooth flowing
  • 5mm/0.7mm/1.0mm Point Size
  • Left-Hander’s Best Friend

Sarasa®  SE Gel Retractable Pen – Rapid Dry Ink Technology!


A pen beloved by lefties, the Sarasa® SE Gel Retractable Pen has a wide barrel, and it features many of the same benefits as the standard Sarasa® gel pen, like Rapid Dry Ink Technology for a smudge free experience. The Sarasa® SE Gel Pen delivers unrivaled vibrancy and smoothness, making it the perfect pen for creative expression, and it really amps up its style with a sleek clip, ridged grip and elements that match the ink color. The Sarasa® SE Gel Pen delivers unrivaled vibrancy and smoothness, making it the perfect pen for every creative project or person. Choose from 8 vibrant ink color options: Black, Blue, Green, Light Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, or Violet.  Available in a 0.7mm point size.  Selected inks are refillable.
https://www.zebrapen.com/product/Sarasa® -se-gel-retractable-new-2/?source=pen-type

  • 8 Vibrant Ink Colors
  • Rapid Dry Ink (RDI) Technology dries in less than a second on most surfaces.
  • No Smears. No Smudges
  • Smooth flowing
  • 7mm Point Size
  • Left-Hander’s Best Friend
  • Sturdy Metal Clip
  • Comfortable Rubber Grip
  • Metal Clip and Ridged Rubber Grip for Comfort While Creating

Sarasa Fineliner

 Sarasa Fineliner Pen defines new fine ink performance with a unique writing and drawing experience. The needle point is preferred by those seeking the performance of a fine tip pen, but the ink lay down of a fine tip marker. Smooth expressive long-lasting color writing for the artist in all of us. Choose from 12 color options: Black, Blue, Dark Blue, Gold, Green, Light Blue, Light Green, Light Pink, Orange, Purple/Violet, Red, Silver, Yellow, Brown, Dark Brown, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Purple, Fluorescent Yellow, Golden Yellow, Light Magenta, Ruby, Sky Blue. Available in 0.8mm needle point tip. Sold individually and in packs.

Sarasa Fineliner

  • 12 Vibrant and quick drying colors
  • 8mm Point Size
  • Water Resistant
  • Acid Free Archival Quality
Product Name Barrel Type Ink Colors Point Sizes (mm) Clip Grip Features


Plastic 14 Vibrant Varieties 0.5mm 0.7mm


Plastic Grooved rubber grip Rapid-Dry Ink Technology, Smooth-flowing, smudge-free ink
Sarasa®  SE
Plastic 8 Vibrant Varieties 0.7mm Metal Ridged rubber grip Rapid-Dry Ink Technology, Smooth-flowing, smudge-free ink
Sarasa Fineliner®


Plastic 12 Vibrant Varieties 0.8mm Plastic None Rapid-Dry Ink Technology, Smooth-flowing, smudge-free ink, Fine tip