Reason 1: It’s not as frustrating as dealing with nibs and ink.
Dip pen or pointed pen calligraphy involves the use of a pen with a metal nib attached to it. A pen holder may be straight or oblique and may be made of wood or plastic. Meanwhile, metal nibs come in different shapes and sizes.
The nib — the metal tip of the dip pen — has a flexible tip with two tines. Depending on the flexibility of the nib you’re using, you can alter the thickness of the lines you make, especially on downward strokes. The calligrapher dips the nib in ink or paint to create strokes with varying thickness.
It may be a bit daunting to a complete beginner to manipulate the pen, the nib, and the ink all at the same time. Because these challenges are not present in doing faux calligraphy, there’s also a higher chance of success.
Higher rates of success translate to less frustration and higher motivational levels. After all, calligraphy should be fun.
It’s better to start slow and finish strong — and happy.
Reason 2: It lets you focus on letter construction.
Reason 3: It gives you greater flexibility.
A lot of beginners would get into calligraphy to test the waters and to determine if it’s something that they’d like and stick to. Before you get to the point where you’re fully invested in the hobby, it’s totally understandable to decide not to invest in pricey materials just yet.
This is where the flexibility of faux calligraphy comes in — you don’t really need to spend so much to get into it. All you need is a ballpoint or gel pen and a piece of paper. These are writing materials that we can even find lying around the house.
Faux calligraphy allows greater flexibility because of how easy you can carry standard writing materials around. I love dip pen calligraphy to bits, but I would still sometimes revert back to faux calligraphy, especially when I’m traveling.
Long airport layovers can really bore the wits out of you, and writing down strings of pretty words can be a good way to entertain yourself. However, it’s not always feasible to have your ink with you. This is when faux calligraphy becomes your best friend!
I do it while waiting for my flight, or even when whipping up a short postcard message for a friend. You can add a bit of flair to everything with your faux calligraphy.
Have you given faux calligraphy a try? I hope you have — it can change your calligraphy skills for the better!