Ensure your calligraphy is evenly spaced and parallel with this downloadable guide sheet that you can print at home or use in Procreate.
The x-height (size of a lower case x) is 3.5mm when printed at 100%. The slant lines are 50° - slightly more relaxed than the 55° of traditional copperplate calligraphy.
I've designed these guidelines with calligraphers of all levels in mind. I use them for practice and for creating all my commissions - I might not be able to see the lines through the paper I'm using, but having them in my peripheral vision is a great help. Parallel lines are the key to beautiful modern calligraphy, no matter how uniform or whimsical your own personal style becomes!
Guide to use: Print at home, place your practice paper over the top the guidelines sheet, and off you go. A lightbox may be helpful if your paper is thick (you can get small, reasonably priced LED ones from Amazon), but with a paper like Rhodia you shouldn't need one. The solid line is your baseline. The dotted line is the x-height. The dashed lines are the ascender and descender lines - the tallest and lowest points of your capitals, and letters like 'h' and 'g' should be within these lines.
I would love to see the guidelines being used out in the real world. Tag me on instagram - @samslittlestudio - and use the hashtag #samslittleworksheets!