Now that you have your paper chosen, the next logical step is getting ready to do your page layout. It’s not difficult, just take a breath and relax.

Tools & Materials You’ll Need:

CLEAN HANDS! Always wash your hands before you work with your art paper. The oils in your hands can seep into the paper, especially the Pergamenata, and create areas where the ink and paint won’t adhere. Erasing with a white eraser over these areas can help, but the oil never totally goes away.

Your chosen paper

Pencil – I use an “electric” pencil, so the lead never gets dull.
Mechanical Pencil

Kneaded Eraser – These are great for erasing without getting eraser strings and goo all over your page.
Kneaded Eraser before and after

White Eraser – These are great for erasing the heavy duty lines. If you are using Pergamenata, I highly suggest erasing the entire surface of the page before you start putting anything on it to get rid of potential oil spots you do not know are there. You just can not see them until it’s too late.
My White Eraser

Technical or Drafting Pen – I prefer the RapidoSketch pens. They are refillable, and unlike the RapidoGraph pens, the tips tend to clog less. If you are on a budget, or trying this for the first time, a Micron disposable pen will work just was well. The Rapido- pens can sometimes be found at local art supply stores, but are more readily available on-line. The Microns can be found in most local art supply stores. I prefer the .50 size, as it gives a wider black line. If you are working small, a .35 works for thinner lines.
My .50 RapidoSketch Pen

Ruler – I prefer a metal ruler with a cork back. The metal won’t eventually warp like the wood rulers do. The cork prevents the ruler from moving around and messing up your lines, and it provides a space between the metal and the page, so that in case your ink blobs, it won’t run under the ruler, preventing a huge mess. If you can’t find a ruler with a cork back, get the plain metal ruler, then put masking or drafting tape (archival) on the back of it. When you get ready to place it on the paper, just blow briefly on it with warm breath. This will keep the ruler from wiggling on the page.
Cork backed metal ruler

Paper Towel – I like to fold a paper towel in half and place it under my drawing hand and forearm to protect the paper from the oils in my skin.

What is Page Layout?:

Page layout refers to how you place your design elements on the page.

Before you start, choose a design.

When you start with a blank piece of paper, you need to decide if you want a:

Full Border (one that goes all the way around the circumference of your working area on the page),

Full Border

Design on 1 Side only (like a bookmark on one side of the page),

One Side

An Illuminated Letter (something in the upper left corner of the page),

Illuminated Letter

Split Page, Half Illumination and Half Calligraphy,

Split Page

You’ll also want to be thinking about how large those elements are going to be on the sheet of paper, as well as if you are going to have the paper taller up and down (vertical or portrait) or sideways (horizontal or landscape).

Next week we will be getting into more specifics about putting the design to the page.

Hopefully Helpful,