I ran across this post about how to fake calligraphy from Jones Design Company on Pinterest.
I thought it was so creative. I've seen these super beautifully addressed envelopes, but I did not think it was possible for me to do. I never had, and doubt I ever will have, nice handwriting. It's a struggle. I write really fast and get lazy about picking up my pen... so I end up with scrawls of semi-legible writing.
The tutorial from Jones Design Company uses real pens, but (eek) I do not trust myself to make perfect letters. I need to be able to ERASE and rearrange letters spatially. Actual pens and paper just wouldn't do it for me.
My solution? My trusty Adobe Illustrator + Drawing Tablet!
Basically the trick is to write your letter and then make the downstrokes thicker. Easy enough.
To speed up the process, I wrote out all the letters of the alphabet. Well that's not exactly true... notice that there are letters missing? I only wrote the letters I needed for the particular project I needed it for... which happens to be Monday's blog post! Anyway, once I had the letters written out, I duplicated and arranged for each word.
See the "Mandy" word!
Surprise! It works for monograms too!!!
You can watch how I do the lettering on the video below:
(Okay, solved the video problem... sort of. Lots of video conversion was involved. The YouTube video really begins about 12 seconds in!)
Try it out and let me know how it goes!!!