Ruled Lines for Lettering. Tu making Roman letters, the pupil should be guided by ruled lines just as he is guided in making script. Possibly there will come a time, as in writing, when the use of guide lines for lettering may be discontinued, but in the meantime it would be just as absurd to teach a child to learn to write without ruled lines as to require him to draw without their aid.
Guide Lines Necessary. For the purpose of making guide lines for lettering the use of the straight edge should be freely permitted. The straight edge may be a ruler, a pencil, a piece of cardboard or anything that may be used for the purpose.
Ruling short, straight lines for pencil or ink, by means of the simple contrivance described in big. i will be found useful. Take a new round pencil the thicker the better and around each end roll narrow strips of pasted paper about three-eighths of an inch in width and about 10 inches in length, the latter depending on the thickness of the paper used. The result should be about a thirty-second of an inch in thickness just enough to keep the body of the pencil away from the paper on which it is used.
Roll it Along. When rolled along gently on the surface of the paper to be used for the drawing, the pencil will be propelled in a straight direction instead of sliding from side
to side, as is usually the case when a pencil is used as a straight edge and the endeavor is to make parallel lines.
The Gothic alphabet drawn by aid of guide lines. Note the vertical lines as guides to symmetry in forming some of the curved letters. Note that the upper divisions of letters are smaller than the lower. They are made so as to prevent their having a top-heavy appearance. Hold the alphabet upside down. Look at the letters B, E, H, K and S and see how top-heavy they appear when thus seen.