Pointed Pen Workshop with Xandra Zamora

Whether you are just starting out with calligraphy or a seasoned professional, sharpening and adding new skills is a fun part of the job.

So I was very excited to attend a workshop with the fun and fabulous Xandra Zamora this past weekend.  The workshop, sponsored by Kaligrafos, the Dallas Calligraphy Society, was on “Pointed Pen Explorations”.  (Another great reason to join Kaligrafos!)  I had the pleasure of hosting Xandra at my home and was delighted to share some extra time getting to know her.  She is just a doll!

She is an extremely talented professional calligrapher based in L.A.  In addition, she is mega handy at Photoshop and Illustrator.  So we utilized her presence by also having a Friday night lecture on “Optimizing Your Art” hosted by by Texas Lettering Art Council.

She covered the basic information about making your calligraphy and line art work digital.  What every calligrapher needs to know! (Look for future posts about Texas Lettering Art Council offerings on this topic.)

Kaligrafos, The Dallas Calligraphy Society, Pointed Pen Exploration workshop

Pointed Pen Exploration Attendees with Xandra Zamora

Some of the topics we explored in the two day workshop were: Pressure and Release Exercises, Review of Copperplate lettering, Letter Slant, Spacing, Changes to Ascenders and Descenders, Playing with Caps and X-Height and Bouncing your letters!  In addition we played with designing an original word or alphabet based on pictures of a variety of old sign lettering.

Xandra also demonstrated the use of the Phantom Liner for lettering on dark or opaque envelopes.  A must know for any professional calligrapher.  I may do a video of it to place on my Lettering Art Studio YouTube Channel since this is such great information.

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Xandra demonstrating how to use a Phantom Liner for lettering on dark envelopes

Here’s some of my practice sheets from the workshop.

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Practice Sheets from Pointed Pen Exploration Workshop

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Practice sheets from Pointed Pen Exploration Workshop

Thanks Xandra for a fabulous workshop!  It was fun to have two full days to play and explore pointed pen with you.

Debi Sementelli, Xandra Zamora

Xandra Zamora and I at the workshop

DIY Wedding Invitation
And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rudolph gonzalez
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 01:52:25

    ms zamora is, to quote someone “she’s too cool for school”
    maybe one day i can zip up to big “D” and take one of her classes! i love her!
    i started life as a sign painter but broke off into graphic design and have been with the SA guild for 33 years! i love letters!
    i lived for a few years on ghost ranch – even married my second wife under the tree at the triangle. met some great calligraphers- had supper with dick jackson the night he passed away –
    now i live in san antone!


    • Debi Sementelli
      Mar 31, 2012 @ 06:04:45

      I agree! She is “too cool for school”. She’s out of L.A. so I don’t know when she will be back in Dallas to teach again. But I will post on my blog whenever a great calligrapher comes to town to share their skills.
      Best to you!



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