People often conflate being a visual artist with having beautiful handwriting. Unfortunately, despite years of rigorous catholic schooling it is a skill I never developed. So when I was appointed the role of car decorator for my soon-to-be family's weddings I was a little apprehensive. I've done two so far and after realizing this is now my official job, I did some research the second time around. I came across ThePostmansKnock.com and it appears to be a one stop shop for all things calligraphy and hand lettering (a non-cursive form of decorative writing). Ideally, you would use a dip pen to create the varying line weights within your calligraphy strokes, but there are certain surfaces for which a dip pen just isn't practical... a car window is one of them. Thanks to TPK, I was able to achieve the look of dip pen calligraphy with a chisel tipped window marker by using a technique called faux calligraphy.
The first step is to write your chosen word or phrase in whatever cursive font you like. Make sure to leave enough space between each letter so you can add to the line weight later.
Next, draw a line parallel to each downstroke. A downstroke is just what it sounds like, any place you have drawn your pen down the page while writing. It can be helpful to retrace your motions in the air just above the page to determine where your downstrokes begin and end.
The final step is to fill in the spaces on your downstrokes, however you can also stop after the second step for a more stylized look.
That's it! Three very simple steps. The tricky part is developing your muscle memory. The more fluid your hand motion, the better your writing will look. I still have to look back and forth between a sample and my own page so you can clearly see where my hand stopped or hesitated. This technique (and any form of calligraphy really) seems to be a craft in which practice is essential. I'm just starting out so let's see how long it takes me to develop that beautiful curvy handwriting everyone already assumes I possess. If you're interested at all in practicing the art of calligraphy, I highly recommend this Beginner's Guide to Modern Calligraphy. It's what I will be using in my attempt to finally make the educators of St. Margaret's School proud.