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Sheila Waters

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Most of us learn the various styles of broad-pen calligraphy one style at a time, over a number of years and may have a different teacher for each one. This can be confusing if there is little sense of relationship between these styles. Each one is like a pretty bead in a collection, without a string, a "golden thread" to link them together. In this class we will find that thread and "make the necklace." We will take a look at seven of the palette of broad-pen styles of formal calligraphic minuscules we like to use, that have been modernized from historical sources. We will compare similarities and differences, rather than study each style separately. This unusual "horizontal" approach can lead to greater understanding and technical mastery of all of them because the underlying principles are similar for all. This will be a mind-expanding and exciting journey, leading to clearer goals and more effective practice for years to come. Skill Level: All
Supplies: Layout paper pad 9"x12" (P10-100, P32-9), a few sheets of tracing paper (P43), non-waterproof ink (I08) or mixed gouache (WNG-HC), Speedball C2 (N09), Mitchell Round Hand size 3 (N04) and slip-on reservoir (N07), or equivalent width Brause (N02) or Tape nib (N01), 5mm marker (M06), ruler (S271), hard, sharp pencil (S142) and a soft, sharp pencil, a pair of dividers if you have it (like a compass but with two steel measuring points, not pencil point), magnifying glass and protractor if you have one.

By or about Sheila Waters
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. Hardcover. $35.00
B1012. Under Milk Wood. Hardcover $90.00
B3246. Sheila Waters Retrospective. 2010. 48pp. 8.5"x11". $28.00 (Pre-order only)

Recommended book resources for her class at IAMPETH
B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight. Second edition. Hardcover $39.95. Pre-order price $24. 77
B171. The Story of Writing by Donald Jackson. Limited Stock. Out-of-print, but some used copies available. Used $29.95.
B3930. The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing by Ewan Clayton. 2014. Hardcover $30.00. JNB $26.93 pre-order price.
All by Alfred Fairbank (all out-of-print) used copies may be available.
A Book of Scripts.
The Story of Handwriting,
A Handwriting Manual,
Renaissance Handwriting, by Alfred Fairbank & Berthold Wolpe. Out-of-print.
B3073. Politics and Script: Aspects of Authority and Freedom in the Development of Graeco-Latin Script from the Sixth Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century by Stanley, Morison, Nicolas Barker. (1972). 2000 reprint. Hardcover $37.95. SALE $19.93 Limited stock.
Lettering by Hermann Degering.
B3077. Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson. Out-of-print. A limited number of used copies will be available. A history of writing with an emphasis on western calligraphic forms. Hardcover $29.95
Writing & Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston. Out-of-print. Limited number of used copies are available. B042 Paper $30.00. B041. Hardcover $50.00
The Script of Humanism by James Wardrop. Out-of-print. , Oxford University Press, 1963
The Pen's Excellencie by Joyce Whalley.
Two Thousand Years of Calligraphy. The Walters Art Gallery. Out-of-print.
Hermann Zapf and his Design Philosophy by Hermann Zapf. Out-of-print.
American Writing Masters and Copybooks by Ray Nash. Out-of-print.
American Penmanship 1800-1850, from Jenkins to Spencer by Ray Nash.

I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford

Your Price $5.75

WNG-HC1. Harvest's WN Gouache Primary Colors
Harvest's WN Gouache Primary Colors

This set contains five tubes of Winsor Newton Gouache:
Ivory Black (WNG331)
Primary Red (WNG524)
Primary Blue (WNG523)
Primary Yellow (WNG527)
Zinc White (WNG748)

These are the colors that Harvest Crittenden likes using for mixing colors.

Your Price $49.95

N09. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs
American calligraphy nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English), Uncial, Half Uncial, Foundational and many other hands or alphabets. C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6. C-0 is largest, C-6 is smallest. Best in larger sizes. C-2, C-3, & C-4 are popular for beginners' classes. They rust easily so let them dry thoroughly before storing them away. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs.

For more information about Speedball C nibs, click here.

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N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand)
Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs
Straight cut. Sizes 0(3.3mm), 1(3mm), 1-1/2(2.5mm),
2(2.3mm), 2-1/2(1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2(1mm),
4(0.9mm), 5(.75mm), 6(.6mm).

Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Carolingian, Italic, Uncials, Gothic, Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

See N05 for Left Hand Mitchell Nibs.

Your Price $1.45

N07. Mitchell Slip-on Reservoir
Calligraphy nib reservoirs

For the Mitchell Round Hand Nibs. These slide on under the nib. You may need to adjust them slightly, but this is no problem as the metal bends easily.

Your Price $1.15

N01. Hiro Tape Nib
0.5mm to 4mm

These are more flexible than Brause nibs but stiffer than Mitchell and take to the ink better when new. Reservoir on top. Right Hand sizes only. Oblique cut. A good nib for classes and beginners.

Your Price $1.25

M06. Zig Waterproof (Pigmented) Marker

Zig Waterproof Marker. Pigmented ink. You get two tips on each pen: 2.0mm & 5.0mm. Water-resistant on paper when completely dry: their marks do not feather and bleed when water is dropped onto them, unlike marks made with non-waterproof markers. Now called Memory System Calligraphy Marker.

Specify Color:
10 Black, 40 Green, 20 Red, 80 Violet, 30 Blue.

Your Price $3.89

S271. Metal Ruler: 18in
S271. Stainless Steel Ruler. 18".

18" Flexible, cork back. Marked in 1/16" and millimeters. An essential tool for calligraphers and bookbinders.

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S142. Design Drawing Pencils
Design Drawing Pencils
Design 3800. Prismacolor Turquoise.

"6H" is hardest lead. "9B" is softest lead, Specify 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, HB, H, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B.

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) 2018. 134pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding

Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.

Sheila Waters is a master scribe and a master teacher. For over thirty years of her summer workshops, Sheila has taken scribes through their paces for a week or more of in-depth instruction in letterforms (historical and modern). Students have come from as far away as Australia and Japan for these intensive classes. And for many years, she taught numerous weekend workshops sponsored by calligraphy guilds throughout the USA and Canada and was a frequent instructor at the international conference held each summer. In Foundations, Sheila provides insightful analysis of forms and construction, taking the mystery out of learning calligraphy. You learn how to analyze a script, which helps you toward mastery of an alphabet. In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her years of study and practice. The presentation is honed by her long experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skill and art. This 4th printing, much revised from the 2006 printing, now has a 16-page color gallery of Sheila's work.

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