Foundations of Calligraphy / Sheila Waters

Item Code: B2769


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

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Sheila Waters was a master scribe and a master teacher. For over thirty years of her summer workshops, Sheila took scribes through their paces for a week or more of in-depth instruction in letterforms (historical and modern). Students came 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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The bible for my calligraphy work!
Mar 31, 2014  |  By Masayo F.
I got Sheila's book a couple of years ago, and it's been the bible for my calligraphy work. When questions arise, it always provides answers.

My #1 gift to give to calligraphers
Sep 28, 2015  |  By Sandra Austin
I've been in love with "Roundel of the Seasons" since the first time I saw it, and this book is in my top 5 All-Time Best Calligraphy/Illumination books. I give them as gifts (and to replace my "loaners'...)

Sep 18, 2019  |  By Kay
I am a mere two pages in (excluding forward & intro etc). I may take this book every I go on the off chance I will have 10 spare minutes. WOw

Sheila Waters
Oct 22, 2021  |  By John
I attended one of Sheila Water's summer sessions taught at her home when she lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was an incredible teacher and her book is the best one for traditional calligraphic hands.

great book
Dec 13, 2021  |  By Stephen
This is a great book with excellent instructions and ample exemplars to work from. I recommend this book for anyone looking to take their skills from beginner to intermediate level.

A Gift to All Calligraphers
Dec 13, 2021  |  By Francine
Sheila was trained in her native England and her move here decades ago changed the course of calligraphy in this country. She is the end all and be all of classic letterform. She has been a tireless and demanding teacher for so many years through her summer classes (now co-taught with Julian Waters) and at conferences and workshops; her influence is inestimable. This book is a gift to all who will never have a chance to study with her personally -- and everyone who has.

a treasure
Dec 14, 2021  |  By janice k
This book is a treasure! It is a beautiful and helpful guide for the serious student of calligraphy with an abundance of alphabets and a wonderful gallery of works by Sheila. I keep Foundations of Calligraphy by my desk.

The bible of broad edge pen calligraphy
Dec 15, 2021  |  By Linda
This is definitely "the bible" of broad edge calligraphy. You can't start at a better place than with Sheila's book!

Foundations of Calligraphy
Dec 16, 2021  |  By Tatiana
For broad-pen calligraphy, this book is a must-have.

First recommendation
Dec 18, 2021  |  By Gary B
Sheila's Foundations book is my absolutely first recommendation to calligraphers and lettering artists of all ability levels!!

One of the best!
Dec 18, 2021  |  By Sandy
I've been a calligrapher for close to fifty years, and, yes, even now find I need a good reference book to refer to at times, and Sheila's book is usually it. Foundations of Calligraphy is one of the best and should be in every calligrapher's library. Sandy

Marvelous Book
Jan 14, 2022  |  By Gerry
Am so happy to own this marvelous book - and a copy of the Sheila's Roundel of the Seasons, always in pride of place on my wall. A treasure!

Perfect for Everyone
Jan 14, 2022  |  By Mary Z
A wonderful book . . . perfect for everyone . . . from budding calligraphers to those who just want to brush up on their skills.

Foundations of Calligraphy
Jan 26, 2022  |  By Stacey S
I love Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters.

A fantastic book
Jan 28, 2022  |  By Lyndsey
A fantastic book -- I can see why it is recommended by calligraphers around the world. This is the book to get, if you are interested in picking up broad edge calligraphy. It has truly useful tips and beautiful lettering styles.

Amazing book
Apr 11, 2022  |  By Brian Kurzius
Thorough, well written and with great examples!

Nothing else comes close
Apr 18, 2022  |  By Emily Whetstone
I have a library of calligraphy books, but if you made me choose to keep only one, this would be it. There are other books that dive more deeply into individual hands, but as a general reference for broad-edge calligraphy nothing else comes close.

Sheila Waters' Foundations of Calligraphy
Apr 18, 2022  |  By Jenny A.
Simply the best calligraphy reference book.

Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters
Apr 19, 2022  |  By Tim Botts
Excellent and comprehensive!

A wonderful book
Apr 19, 2022  |  By Mary Zabrin
This is a wonderful book for anyone just starting their calligraphic journey and a great resource for those already on the path.

Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters
Apr 20, 2022  |  By Ann Erickson
It's the BEST!!

A Wonderful Instruction Book
Apr 20, 2022  |  By Patty Roemer
What a wonderful instruction book it is. Now, with it, I don't have to pull out those Instructional articles in various back issues of Letter Arts Review that Sheila did so long ago. Also, I still have my class notes and instructions from our workshop with her teaching italic to our guild, and pictures of her sitting with me for some personal instruction time. Blessed are we to have had Sheila and her teaching in our life.

Sheila's Foundations of Calligraphy
Apr 20, 2022  |  By Glenna Hannum
I Love this book and am glad I got her to sign my copy. A precious possession.

Beautifully bound with one suggestion
Apr 22, 2022  |  By Jay Mei
Beautifully bound book, they really thought ahead with this one with the convenience of opening the pages fully for reference and practice. My only suggestion would be to increase the width of the spiral so the pages can turn more easily. Otherwise, thank you!!
Owner Response: Try opening the book past horizontal. I've found that helps get the pages in position to turn more easily.

Foundations of Calligraphy
Apr 23, 2022  |  By Lynn Titchener
I treasure my copy.

Foundations of Calligraphy
May 2, 2022  |  By Carol Roderick
Wonderful book for practitioners and all who are interested in history, writing, letters, and literacy. Beautifully presented, clear information, in a format that is useable and a pleasure to read.

Excellent Reference Work on Calligraphy
Jun 14, 2022  |  By Kate Tyrol
I am very, very pleased with this book. The diagrams make things abundantly clear. She provides exactly the right balance of written instruction, written background, close studies of letters (like ductus), and finished exemplar works. I find her writing style very pleasing - down-to-earth but not condescending or simplistic, thorough but not tedious or overly technical. I should note that I'm a beginner. While my knowledge of calligraphy is certainly limited at present, I have been browsing a lot of books and other resources as I get my start, so when I say this book is excellent, I'm basing that on having read a little bit of quite a few different calligraphers recently.

Excellent book
Jun 19, 2022  |  By Diane
Beautiful book with a lot of detailed information, including illustrations of common errors and what to do to correct them.