There is a chapter title in one of the Ramona books that ends "...Sorta." I really can't even type this word without hearing Stockard Channing's voice. Hands down one of the best narrators ever. We have worn out our own set of Ramona tapes and now get them from the library (even though my kids have heard each book at least a couple of dozen times, probably more). Beverly Cleary is timeless.
Back to straight lines. How do I get straight lines when I write? Three ways, really, depending on what outcome I'm after.
Most of the time I just eyeball it. This comes from years and years of practice. Handwriting certainly lends itself to a little serendipity, a little up/a little down, so for most creative work I don't even bother measuring.
On the other hand, I really like the address stamps I write for lettergirl to be straight. I use a ruler and a non-repro blue pencil. The blue pencil won't show when I photocopy it or when I scan it (using the grayscale/dropout blue mode). It's so easy it almost feels sneaky.
When I am doing a one-of-a-kind commission, I like to measure the whole thing out with black ink. Then I use a light table with the guidelines underneath what I'm writing on. Generally, if an artwork is original, I don't like to have any pencil lines to erase (and potentially smear my lettering). This is also a great way to practice writing straight without having lines on your paper.
This week's giveaway ends Sunday night. And if you have any lettering questions for me to answer next week, just let me know. Have a great weekend!