I want to create a writing learning sheet for Japanese/Chinese characters.
The horizontal page would be divided into lines of squares with a little space in between.
At the top most line these squares would be 1cm by 1cm.
The bottom most line would have squares of 0.5cm by 0.5cm.
If possible the squares would decrease in size through the lines from top to bottom.
Squares have a helper cross inside that has a less strong line color and is dotted or a broken line pattern. Would be great if it can be controlled which lines of squares have the helpers.
Inside the squares are character shapes that are just the same character repeated which was typed into the topmost square.
They are repeated in all squares from top to bottom. But they slowly decrease in strength. Starting from a darker grey to almost invisible to not visible in the last few squares. It would be good to control the strength though so that you could print a sheet which has characters barely visible in the last squares and then again which are not visible. I also suspect this is really dependent on the printer as well.
So basically a mix of some of these:
I tried to fiddle around with either Writer and Calc but couldn’t even figure out which would be the best to make such a sheet with. Writer seems to be the better choice but configuring a table seems very limited. At least that’s what I tried with.
And how do I even make the repeated characters?
Unless I do everything manually, which would be a lot of work, I have no idea how.
Could you hint me to the concepts I need to look into to make such a sheet?
At best “programmatically” so it is easy to make new sheets for new characters.