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What is French Ruled Paper?

Simply put, French ruled or Séyès paper is the standard lined paper used by students in France. It is as commonly used in France as college ruled paper is used in the USA.

French ruled paper consists of an 8mm x 8mm grid, with lighter or thinner horizontal lines spaced 2mm apart inside the main grid. There is a left margin, as well as some space without the horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the page.

This paper is useful for students to learn French cursive, and is an excellent tool for anyone to learn cursive writing, to improve their handwriting or practice calligraphy.

The vertical grid lines are useful to add a nice visual form to written essays etc. Indentations, such as at the beginning of a paragraph, can be kept consistent using these vertical lines.

Besides using this paper for regular writing and note taking, I have heard that some people use this paper to record lab results, do bookkeeping, create matrices, as well as creating grading rubrics. Others use it because they love paper with very narrow lines. I can't help but thinking that this would be good paper for creating crossword or sudoku puzzles, or maybe even for practicing Chinese or Korean writing. Whatever you want to use it for, Writer's Bloc now has an expanded line of Clairefontaine's French Ruled paper. Why not think outside the lines and give it a try to see why so many people love it!


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The first time I saw French cursive was when I received the first letter from my French pen pal when I was in middle school. French cursive is very precise and very neat. I find it quite pretty as well. I just recently learned about French ruled paper,... [Read More]

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I really enjoyed this post! I was curious to know what type of lettering was used in the bottom picture. Very nice handwriting!

The writing in the bottom picture is an attempt at learning French cursive. There are some samples of French cursive on this French website - http://www.momes.net/education/ecriture/graphismes.html (the samples are near the bottom of the page). Thanks for the compliment!

Hi, I'd love to try French Cursive! Could you please tell me what the bottom ink in the top picture is?

The bottom ink in the top picture is a Noodler's Ink custom mix that we call "Ocean Jade". You can read about it on a previous blog post if you'd like to try making it yourself - http://blog.shopwritersbloc.com/ink/ink_mixing_recipe_ocean_jade.html

Love the green ink--what brand is that, do you know where I can buy it?

If it is the green ink used in the bottom of the second picture that you are asking about, it is a custom mixture of Noodler's Inks. The ratios are the same as on our ink mixing color chart - 5 parts Noodler's Yellow and 1 part Noodler's Navajo Turquoise.

I would like to know what the orange and blue ink are used in the bottom picture.

Hi Nicholas -

The orange ink was mixed from 2 Noodler's colors - the recipe is here: http://blog.shopwritersbloc.com/ink/orange_deer_1.html

I believe the blue is LAMY turquoise, but I am not 100% sure of this one. http://www.shopwritersbloc.com/lamy-t52-bottled-ink-turquoi52.html

Hi Cheryl, Your writing sample is so beautiful! That last image is how I found Writer's Bloc - by searching online for examples of French cursive. My husband and I just put in an order, and are excited to get some new supplies. Can you show us more examples of your handwriting? Thanks! Jenna

Hi Jenna,

I haven't done much writing since I had a minor injury to my thumb about a year ago. It's almost back to normal now, so your comment is an inspiration for me to get back to French cursive. It's a beautiful style of writing for sure! Thanks for the compliment and thanks for visiting our shop!

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