Learn how to rule the page for calligraphy in this video from the art of Calligraphy series.
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Hello, I’m Juliane Wasserman, and my company is Wasserman Design, and I’m teaching you how to write in calligraphy, the script chancery cursive. So we’re ready to rule our lines, I can show you, I’ve taped a piece of paper on to my drawing table with just a piece of tape on the top and a piece of drafting tape at the bottom. And then we need to use our ink, so I’m taking the small bottle cap and with a piece of the drafting tape that I’ve torn off, I’m going to put it at the bottom of the cap and stick it to my practice surface, my platform. And this way, the bottle cap will stay steady in case I would get up from the table and actually bump it and spill the ink, and I don’t wanna do that, so I’m securing it to the platform. So then I pour a little bit of ink from the bottle and also replace the lid on this, so that the whole bottle of ink is risk free from spilling by accident. We take our pen and I’m using a C Speedball, that’s the brand name, C-zero. It’s a flat pen and it’s been place inside the penholder. And to begin ruling our lines, I dip the pen, and one more thing, is we have a scrap paper that I put on next to the drawing paper I’m working with. And when you dip your pen into the ink, you want to scrape it on this tester sheet, I call, so that you get, you take away some of the excess ink and you get an absolutely sharp edge to your writing, okay. Then over here, on the left side of the page, not right at the edge, but close to it, I’m going to make five marks. So that, our writing height will be five pen widths. So I’m going to make one… three… four… and five. And you can see, five squares, each one a pen width wide, touching right at the corners. And that happens to be the width of our letters. So then I’ll put a, just a little pencil mark here at the edge and a pencil mark here, and you can see the width. And then, I will take another sheet of scrap paper and I will take it, right here by… it’s still wet, so I’m gonna go on the other side where I’ve made this pencil marks. And I’m gonna take a little pencil mark at the top edge of the fifth mark that I made and at the edge of the first mark that I made. And that is the width of my letters, or the height of my letters. So then, I’ll flip it around like this, and I’ll do… wait… I make one more so that I have two. And I’ll make one more, so actually I have four pencil marks for three spaces. And then what I do is I just go right down the page that I’m writing on, and I’ll make a little tick on to my writing paper surface all the way down the page. There. And I come right down the page with the mark. Now I’m done with that. So I pick up my T square, and pick up the pencil again. And this is pretty much dry, so, I’ll just… I need to do is line the T square up on the edge, the straight edge of a table or drawing board that you may be writing on. And where I have made that little tick mark, I take my pencil and just rule a line, and it’s actually straight across the page in a nice straight line. This T square is 24 inches long, because the paper that I have chosen to do my practice on is 24 inches long also. And that just makes it efficient and it means that I’m going to be ruling fewer pages, because I have, well I have a bigger sheet on which to practice a lot of letters… so… and then we just go straight down the page at each tick mark that I have made. I’m just going to run the T square and these lines are showing at parallel. Each of these lines is five pen widths high and the pen that I’m using is the C-zero. If I would use a smaller width of pen, a smaller pen size, I would actually get a five pen widths and they would be much shorter. But each we… are going about writing, you want to choose the pen tool that you’re gonna use and you rule your line according to that pen tool. See, it’s taped at the top and the bottom, and it’s really easy and it goes pretty quickly. And sometimes you might want to write… to rule two or three or four pages so that when you have time to practice, you can just write. But it’s very calming and soothing rule your lines. It relaxes you from whatever activity you just worked or doing to the writing that you’re going to be doing next. So, we have ruled a page of lines and next we are going to do warm up exercises to get our hands loose and to practice with wet ink.