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Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters, 2023 Edition

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) (2018) 2023. 150pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding **BRAND NEW 2023 EDITION** This brand new edition of Sheila Waters' renowned Fou…

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) (2018) 2023. 150pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding


This brand new edition of Sheila Waters' renowned Foundations of Calligraphy features an updated bio, new blue cover and 10+ stunning additions to the gallery pages, including multiple fold-out masterpieces.

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 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. 

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37 Reviews

  • 5
    Sheila Water’s’ Foundations of Calligraphy

    Posted by Diane Jones on Sep 20th 2023

    The best book for all things calligraphic based on Sheila’s many years of teaching. Plus, lots of gorgeous works for inspiration.

  • 5
    Foundations of Calligraphy

    Posted by Lesley on Sep 18th 2023

    Excellent book. As a beginning calligrapher I appreciate the variety of subjects it covers. The binding also makes it easy to keep open to the page as you’re working with it. I’d highly recommend it.

  • 5
    Wonderful Resource

    Posted by J. C. on Aug 2nd 2023

    Covers everything from nib prep to design and layout. Wish it had been my first book on calligraphy, but I did not know it existed at the time. There's a wealth of information here, and lots of examples to study (as well as tips on how to study examples). I will say, the author is against play during practice. As a teacher myself, I get it, because serious practice creates serious results. As someone who's "aha" moments have almost always come when I take a break and "play" a little, however, well... Ms. Waters and I can't agree on everything. But I'd totally jump at the chance to do a workshop under her if I could. She knows a lot and is good at communicating that knowledge. Many people are good at something, and many people can teach. Sadly, not many are both. Waters is a rare gem who is. So why are you still reading this? Get the book and get to work.

  • 5
    Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters

    Posted by Thomas E on Jul 7th 2023

    This makes my 11th book on calligraphy. I'd gladly trade 8 of those for this one book. If you are interested in learning the foundations of foundational hand calligraphy, you won't be disappointed.

  • 5
    Outstanding Instruction Manual

    Posted by Matt on Jun 19th 2023

    A treasure trove of information. I've learned more from this book than any other, and what it taught me has improved ALL my scripts. Cannot recommend more highly. If you only had one book, this is it.

  • 5
    Excellent for Learning and Broadedge

    Posted by Bradley Rose on May 17th 2023

    After playing around with different scripts I found my interest is in only dip pen broad edge calligraphy and I wish I had found this book earlier. This book contains wonderful lessons and examples that I have not seen explained and examples given elsewhere. For example, letter spacing considerations are gone through reasonably in depts with great examples. It also has great examples and explanations of piece layouts and all things related to spacing and alignment. If you are interested in broadedge calligraphy this is basically the bible for that.

  • 5
    Foundations of Calligraphy

    Posted by Doris on Feb 7th 2023

    Love, love, love it!!!! I would like to receive your printed catalog, please!!!! Tku...

  • 5
    Foundational calligraphy

    Posted by J Dolphin on Jan 22nd 2023

    This is a handsome sized spiral bound book, a good size to see the amply illustrated scripts, instructions, ductus and more. There are lovely reproductions of the calligrapher's works-nice colour. I think I will spend hours and days and weeks learning what the calligrapher has so generously offered the student. From page layout to letter spacing these foundational hands offer a very good introduction to Western calligraphy.

  • 5
    Foundations of calligraphy

    Posted by Martha Otten on Dec 21st 2022


  • 5
    Excellent book

    Posted by Diane on Jun 19th 2022

    Beautiful book with a lot of detailed information, including illustrations of common errors and what to do to correct them.

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