Calligraphy Letters, Tools & Materials : Calligraphy Tools: The Divider

Calligraphy Letters, Tools & Materials : Calligraphy Tools: The Divider


One of my favorite tools is called the divider.
It’s a favorite tool of mine not only because of how much work I need to do with it, but
also just because as a tool, as an object, it happens to be very lovely, very beautiful.
I have another one which is smaller, and which has a way of being fixed. So I would use this
one for smaller jobs. Okay, but basically what a divider does is it keeps me from having
to mess around with a ruler. So let’s say that the piece that I’m going to do needs
to be symmetrically lined. And let’s say I don’t want to bother with a ruler, but I need
to find the center from here to here. So then I’m going to play the eyeball game. And I’m
going to go like that and hold tight here. And I go this far and I realize I didn’t quite
make the center, so come over about halfway, from there to there, and then I go like this,
and then I go like that. Oh, not quite, little bit more, press down on the center. And okay,
I found my center. So then I mark it. Going to put a hole in there. That’s pretty classic.
And then I take my T square and I take a triangle of some kind, and I go like this. And I have
my center for doing some symmetrical lining.

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