My wedding is officially 5 months from yesterday…  That means it is time to get the save the dates out the door, and for me that means its time for calligraphy – hand addressing all of my envelopes!

I love calligraphy.  I have done it for years after learning it from watching my dad and his mother.  You can see some of my styles here on my facebook page.

Sometimes however, I do not feel like getting out a special pen.  That is how I came up with my easy way to cheat yourself to a calligraphy look.  I promise you this is something ANYONE that can write in cursive can do!  I promise!

easy calligraphy anyone can do


First write out what you want in cursive.  This could be someone’s name on an envelope, a quote, a gift tag, etc.  For the purpose of this tutorial, I did a quote that is special to me.  See easy right!   My suggestion is to keep it as simple as you can as there is no real need to get crazy with the letters.

quote be the change


Next you will outline the letters, adding “weight” to them – almost where a shadow would fall.  I typically do this on the left hand side of the letters.

DIY easy calligraphy

The final product should look something like this. – Nothing special right?

DIY easy calligraphy


Then just go in and color in the spaces that you created!

DIY easy calligraphy



The final product should look like this.

DIY easy calligraphy



pretty good huh?

DIY easy calligraphy


I would love to see other tutorials that you have to make easy calligraphy – better yet… do you have any projects that you have done yourself with calligrahy?

DIY calligraphy, easy


Mandi Heilig - Dry Ink Designs