How to place paper
For right-handed students using an oblique penholder:
Place the practice pad according to the slant angle. Keep the slant pointed vertical to your belly button at 90˚ and make sure to sit up straight. As we write, pull the paper from right to left to make sure the writing area is just in front of you (see the top left image). Noticed how the arm rests on the large muscle below the elbow. The wrists and palms are absolutely free from the desk.
Remember to place a few cushion papers or simply use a leather writing pad under the practice paper to avoid the nib scratching the desk surface.
For left-handed students using an oblique penholder:
Place the paper at 90˚ towards your elbow. Keep moving the paper to the left as you write and make sure to sit up straight. Your nib should be pointed to the slant line to make sure you have the correct angle of writing.
If you are left-handed and are having difficulties, please watch Master Penman John DeCollibus's video on YouTube. In his video, he talks about how he holds the pen and places the paper. Make sure you can read what you are writing while practicing.