FAQ: How do you do the guidelines for your writing?

August 25, 2017 | 7 Comments

How I do my guidelines for my writing is something that I get asked all the time.

The answer: I use a special grid sheet that I create and then draw the lines with a coloured pencil.

I can see the grid lines through the Stillman and Birn Alpha paper but if using thicker paper I simple eyeball it by having the grid page hanging out as shown in this photo. So with thicker paper I am more or less drawing the lines freehand but with the grid sheet as a guide for the spacing.

Over the years my grids have changed. Used to have two sizes and then one time I was working in my moleskine book and conforming to a three column grid. That was fun. I create them using a CAD programme and make the lines thick so easier to see through the pages of my sketchbook. Someone on Instagram had a great suggestion of using Excel or a similiar spreadsheet programme

My current grid is 7mm, but I have also used 6mm and 8mm depending on what feels the best for my handwriting. It’s interesting that my handwriting size has changed over the years – I used to use an EF nib and thererfore wrote smaller and neater!

As for handwriting… here is a simple article from last year

NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE: I now use a Fountain Pen for the lines. A TWSBI ECO F nib with J Herbin Diablo Menthe ink (water soluble).



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