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3 Tools that Make Geometry Drawing Easier


It’s interesting to me how you start with absolutely no clue about the tools needed for Islamic geometry and thanks to Instagram you soon become the expert of the strangest supplies. For example the following 3 tools can help you make your drawing geometry easier.



I know that while you are reading this the first question that pops up in your mind is “what is a divider?”

A divider is a compass with two steel points. The divider is not used for drawing as it has no graphite point, but it’s used to mark holes on paper. You can read more about this tool in my blog post “Different Types of Drawing Compass“.

The biggest problem when dividing a circle is that you mark the division on the circle with a pencil. Most of the times it happens that is not accurate because you always have some “leftover” at the end (it happens to me as well). So you slightly change the opening of the compass and start again. You end up with a lot of pencil marks on the circle and an overall messy look.

Whenever you want to divide a circle into equal parts you just have to find the first division (the opening of the compass) and then swing the divider all around the circle to find the other points. Make a small hole where the division is, in this way your drawing would remain accurate and mistake-free.

Another thing worth mentioning is that those small holes allow you to draw lines passing through the exact meeting points because you can “feel” the hole with the tip of your pencil. Don’t you think this can make your geometry drawing easier?



When I first found out about this pencil I think a light came out from my computer and the bells started ringing. Or maybe it was just me. Anyway, Kurutoga invented this pencil that rotates every time you push the point down to the paper. Don’t ask me how but there is a mechanism inside the pencil that does that.

Why would you want to have this pencil? Because that means that the point of the lead will always be sharp and not flat. A flat point would result in a wider line, thus inaccuracy. A sharp point would result in a thinner line allowing you to be more accurate.



This eraser saved my life multiple times. It’s a pen-like eraser with a tiny point that allows you to erase lines without affecting other lines nearby. I think it’s perfect for geometric constructions as the web of lines gets complicated really soon, and you surely don’t want to redraw everything just because of a small mistake.

There are two versions of this eraser: the first one (the one that I use) has a small round tip while the other one has a slightly bigger rectangular tip. I haven’t tried the second one as I’m happy with the round tip for now.

The only flaw of this eraser is that you can’t use it to erase the mistakes you do in your life, but I’ve heard that Tombow is working on that HA!


There are a lot of tools worth mentioning but these three are absolutely the top 3 since they make your geometry drawing easier.


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3 Tools that Make Geometry Drawing Easier

March 25, 2020

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  1. Sarah says:

    My dad gave me a set of dividers at Christmas that he received as a kid and never used! Maybe with this quarantine I can finally use them and get back into some geometry.

  2. Dima says:

    Can you share a tutorial on how to use a divider please.

  3. Vivien Adler says:

    Thanks Sandy. I was wandering about the dividers ….

  4. Tasneem says:

    Thank you Sandy for sharing this with us..

  5. Alifia K says:

    Thanks for the useful tips. Really liked the idea of a rotating lead pencil and just bought one. Hopefully can put it to use during the lockdown.

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