Ruled Paper for Calligraphy with Pilot Parallel Pens

I’ve been learning some Gothic calligraphy on Udemy via Mary-Jane Roussel’s Simple Gothic Hand Calligraphy course. It’s a very good course with some ruled paper to help one practice. However, it was ruled paper for one pen nib size, with the spacing dependent on the nib size, whereas I had four nib sizes from the beautiful Pilot Parallel Pens I used to do my calligraphy (1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8mm, 6.0mm). As a result, I made my own and thought I’d shared these PDFs for anyone else who might be interested.

Ruled Paper for 1.5mm Pilot Parallel Pen Calligraphy PDF

Ruled Paper for 2.4mm Pilot Parallel Pen Calligraphy PDF

Ruled Paper for 3.8mm Pilot Parallel Pen Calligraphy PDF

Ruled Paper for 6.0mm Pilot Parallel Pen Calligraphy PDF

These paper have the following standard calligraphic properties for each set of lines, scaled to the nib width the printed rules were designed for:

  • Bounded by a solid line at top and bottom;
  • x-height in the middle at 5 nib widths in height, bounded by dotted lines;
  • Ascenders above x-height top (or waistline) at 2 nib widths in height;
  • Descenders below x-height bottom (or baseline) also at 2 nib widths in height;
  • 45 degree guide at upper left and upper middle to line up nib before and part way through a line;
  • Dashed lines at 0.3 pt thickness for a nice balance between visibility and minimal intrusiveness on your practice writing.
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