Handwriting practise | French ruled paper 5 RULES


French ruled paper is a school standard in France so this is no news to French people. But for those of us who did not practise handwriting with this paper yet, you will learn how to do it today. It is very simple, yet effective and pretty. One of the best papers I have ever laid my hands on is the Clairefontaine, 90g/m2  , made in France. It is a dream come true for writing with your fountain pens as it just glides smoothly across the paper!



A few interesting facts about French ruled paper:

Each writing space is divided into individual squares that consist of two vertical dividers and two main horizontal lines – both 8mm apart so every square is 8x8mm.

Within these squares, there are 3 horizontal lines which are 2mm apart. These three lines are basically the writing guidelines for you.



French ruled paper has 5 rules you need to focus on:


  1. Capital letters go up to the third horizontal line (the main horizontal line is not counted)
  2. Small lowercase letters go up to the first line
    – a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x
  3. Upward loop letters go up to the third line
    – b, h, k, l
  4. Downward loop letters go up to the second line of the square below
    – g, j, y, p, q, z
  5. Upward straight line letters go up to the second line
    – d, t

Exception is letter f which is written over the five lines – it is a combination of upward and downward loop letter.



It’s all about PRACTISE and PATIENCE!! Your handwriting will improve if you give it time and practise regularly.

Before you start writing, it is a good idea to warm up your hand/wrist muscles a little. You can do this by drawing circles – gradually go from the first horizontal line up to the third. And do this fast to really loosen up the muscles without squeezing your pen too hard. Try to relax your hand and fingers.


What letter would you like to improve?

  • write it over and over again
  • connect letter of different heights like a-f-af



Pangrams are great for practising handwriting because each sentence contains all letter of the alphabet!

The one that seems to be everyone’s favourite is:

The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.


I hope you find this very helpful and if there is anything you’d like to know, please, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to chat with you!

Have fun!


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