View Full Version : Rolling Ruler and Ruling Pen Video

03-03-2009, 09:25 AM
I remade the rolling ruler video, plus a brief demo of using the ruling pen with masking fluid. I kept referring to it as a drawing pen, which is what we called it at work. Here's a link to the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euZq7EMbIco&eurl=http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit2&feature=player_embedded) hope you can understand it.


03-03-2009, 09:44 AM
Well done Doug, .............. you are becoming quite the pro with these now :clap:

03-03-2009, 09:55 AM
Thanks Kev, you can get a slightly larger version of the rolling ruler at Cheap Joe's HERE (http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supplies/5607_alvin-rolling-parallel-ruler.asp).

Ken Bromley supplies swivel nib (the best kind) ruling pens HERE. (http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item_ruling_pen.htm)


03-03-2009, 01:11 PM
A swivel nib pen in officially on my list of art supplies to buy....
Thank you for the demonstration!

03-03-2009, 01:17 PM
The real advantage of a swivel nib ruling pen is its versatility - it can be used to rule lines in ink, watercolour or apply masking fluid. It can be adjusted to create extremely thin lines or thicker lines, and last but not least it is "bomb proof" and easy to clean.


03-03-2009, 02:33 PM
Thanks so much for the demo Doug. I have read about it but seeing how you do it makes it so much easier. Now to find a US source.

03-03-2009, 04:52 PM

Great demo of both the rolling ruler and the ruling pen! :thumbsup:

You made it look so easy to use both of them.

I did a search and found that Jerry's Artarama stocks the ruling pen (http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Drawing-Tools/Oval-Ruling-Pen.htm). It sells for around $8 + shipping. They have the rolling ruler (http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Drawing-Tools/Acurit-Rolling-Ruler.htm)for only $5 + shipping.

I was surprised that Cheap Joe's and Daniel Smith don't have them in their line.


03-03-2009, 05:44 PM
Great job with the video Doug. I have used both tools years ago when I did highway/bridge drafting. (I also use triangles, French curves, circle templates and a few other bits and pieces.) When I started watercolor painting four years ago I dug up my stuff and found they were quite easy to use. Now when I am in a class, other students are amazed at how easy they are to use.

One suggestion is to make sure your pen is slanted slightly from vertical; otherwise there might be some seepage under the ruler.

03-03-2009, 05:47 PM
Yes Ron, I should have said use a bevel edged ruler so the paint/ink/mf doesn't creep under the edge.


Lawrence Fox
03-03-2009, 07:30 PM

Thank you VERY MUCH for doing this video. It answered a number of questions about the ruling pen that I had--and now I know why I've been having such difficulty loading it with masking fluid or paint. It's the "dipping in" that's the secret!

03-03-2009, 10:56 PM
The video was great!! I bought a really great book on perspective from Amazon, PERSPECTIVE WITHOUT PAIN by Phil Metzger. It is so easy to understand. There are exercises to do which really help. I got my rolling ruler today from Cheap Joe's. Can't wait to try it on the exercises! I'll have to get one of the swivel nib pens. They look great!


03-04-2009, 02:12 AM
Thanks for making this. It has been a huge help to me, especially the bit about transferring angles. Also adding a ruling pen to my shopping list!

Scene Chaser
03-04-2009, 03:30 AM
Thanks, Doug. Great demo. My rolling ruler is on order. Cheap Joe's had a shipping discount.

03-04-2009, 09:57 AM
:clap: :clap: THANK YOU DOUG, I finally got around to watching this (I could listen to you talk ALL DAY):D

Wonderful demo, I'm going to order me one of those rulers AND a pen.:thumbsup:

03-04-2009, 12:01 PM
Thanks so much Doug! The rolling ruler looks awesome!!!
I finally used my ruling pen last month and was almost jumping with joy at how fun it was to use making fluid with it!!! :clap:
I will definitely get a rolling ruler in my next order!
Thanks so much for doing this video!!! :D

Lawrence Fox
03-04-2009, 03:17 PM
Not to take anything away from Cheap Joe's, but I have seen rolling rulers at Staples....

03-04-2009, 05:37 PM
For all our Canadian friends... the Staedtler-Mars 300mm Rolling Parallel Ruler
Item Number 28739, is priced at $18.82... we can order online, btw...


03-04-2009, 11:58 PM
Thanks for the video Doug. When we bought our little place in the Colorado mountains, the previous owners left a bunch of stuff. Among it was some drafting tools and this funny looking rolling ruler, which I had no idea how to use. There might even be a pen, but I will have to wait until summer when we go there again. I don't know what is wrong, but all the videos I have watched recently on utube are jumpy and hard to watch. Got any clue what the problem is?????? Thanks, Lenore

03-05-2009, 02:44 AM
It's all down to the speed of your internet service Lenore.

Could be that one of your browser add-ons isn't up to date too.