Many of you know this fact but I want everyone to know.... that I have a guideline sheet that I use to help draw my grids and keep my text straight. I have never sought to hide this fact but decided that it was time to come clean. Especially in light of a recent discussion on Inma’s photostream and a reminder that it was a total shock to many people when it fell out of my sketchbook in Lisbon....apparently “I went red and laughed a lot!”
I do not use it ALL the time – this spread I didn’t use for the text or even to draw the grid lines...but I do get VERY distressed when my writing isn’t neat or straight. (I am an architect and am old enough to remember the days when getting a job was dependent on having perfect writing).
I made this template using a CAD programme – making my lines very thick so that I can see them through the 150gsm paper. Also I experimented to find my preferred spacing- so one half of the A4 page is 6mm and the other 8mm. You can also see how I have marked the lines that I used on my opening page for each day in my recent holiday sketchbook. (my text and tea pages) SO it is especially designed my me for my sketchbook. I used to sometimes rule guidelines but this trick is certainly a LOT easier!
I am terribly sorry if I had mislead any of you that thought I could write so perfectly uniform... Perhaps if I really tried hard I might sometimes be able to do it... But of course I am too lazy... This way the gridlines are there if I want to use them. At least you all know now!