Calligraphy by CT

Meghan Markle's Background as a Calligrapher

I've been a longtime fan of Meghan Markle mainly because of her role on the hit show "Suits". I bumped into an article a few years ago that revealed the fun fact that she was indeed a real live calligrapher and it endeared me to her even more. 

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Not only did Meghan do calligraphy projects between acting gigs, she also (like myself), taught formally at her local Paper Source. The Beverly Hills Paper Source confirmed that Meghan taught all levels of students and even scored the envelopes for Robin Thicke & Paula Patton's nuptials.

Envelopes hand addressed by Meghan Markle for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's nuptials. Source:  Reddit

Envelopes hand addressed by Meghan Markle for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's nuptials. Source: Reddit

She also handled Dolce & Gabbana's celebrity correspondence over the holidays so this freelance work was far from casual.

She credits her foray into calligraphy with attending an all-girl Catholic school that had strict standards for penmanship (raising my hand with you again Meghan, I too attended Catholic school). Here is more of Meghan in her own words discussing her penmanship with Larry King:

Now that Meghan will become one of the most famous women in the world thanks to her fast approaching nuptials to Prince Harry, its nice to know that she is so real and relatable. I encourage everyone to binge on Suits because while the character she plays is obviously fictional, it will still give you an opportunity to witness her soft spoken demeanor and just HOW adorable she really is. I TOTALLY get why the Prince swept this one off of her feet!

From one calligrapher to another, I wish them nothing but good things.

--ct

Painting a Frame

Quick tutorial on painting frames. I have been finding that as soon as I find an ornate mirror, regardless of whether its the color I'm looking for or not, I buy anyway and paint if necessary. The mirrors are simply becoming too contemporary now and clients want ornate/vintage looks.

Wanted to share my process in case any of my D.I.Y. brides/grooms need to acquire this skill as they get closer to the big day.

Photo of the mirror subject for painting. Again, any hint of an ornate pattern on these mirrors no matter the color and I'm likely painting. The mirror that I'm finding are so contemporary now, I have no choice. I like that this one was white too. Blank canvas so to speak.

Photo of the mirror subject for painting. Again, any hint of an ornate pattern on these mirrors no matter the color and I'm likely painting. The mirror that I'm finding are so contemporary now, I have no choice. I like that this one was white too. Blank canvas so to speak.

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Use painters tape around the edges. This is critical. You want to make sure you don't have to use paint remover after you finish painting the frame. Go slow and make sure it is perfectly flush. If you leave a sliver open you'll see a line of paint afterwards. This brand of paint is a "paint and primer in one" so I went right into painting. I definitely recommend a primer though, at least one coat prior to painting. It makes a difference in terms of consistency of coverage. Make sure the frame is dust free as well.

Tape off the mirror using newsprint if possible. I used to use newspaper, but I've found that a pad of 24" x 36" newsprint is PERFECT for an average sized mirror. You can seriously tear a sheet off of the pad and be fine. save a few folds here or there. Make SURE you tape it off securely on the edges because the paint will find ANY breaches.

Tape off the mirror using newsprint if possible. I used to use newspaper, but I've found that a pad of 24" x 36" newsprint is PERFECT for an average sized mirror. You can seriously tear a sheet off of the pad and be fine. save a few folds here or there. Make SURE you tape it off securely on the edges because the paint will find ANY breaches.

Then go ahead and spray the frame evenly. I'd do 2 coats unless you have time for a third. Make SURE to get the inner frame right by the tape because this area will be noticed if you don't have decent coverage there. LET THE FRAME SIT FOR 4-5 HOURS IF UNABLE TO LET SIT OVERNIGHT. Even after 4-5 hours you risk a SLIGHT indentation of your fingerprints on the sides. So much work, I wouldn't risk it.

Then go ahead and spray the frame evenly. I'd do 2 coats unless you have time for a third. Make SURE to get the inner frame right by the tape because this area will be noticed if you don't have decent coverage there. LET THE FRAME SIT FOR 4-5 HOURS IF UNABLE TO LET SIT OVERNIGHT. Even after 4-5 hours you risk a SLIGHT indentation of your fingerprints on the sides. So much work, I wouldn't risk it.

Finished product!!! Client didn't want gold, but a champagne. I thought it came out really nice. Shipped out of state and arrived without incident! Congrats guys!

Finished product!!! Client didn't want gold, but a champagne. I thought it came out really nice. Shipped out of state and arrived without incident! Congrats guys!

Lately on IG

I've got SO much to share with you guys, but I've also got a ton of orders to push out. Just thought I'd share some of my latest IG posts until I can get you some cool calligraphy stuff to look at. I'm all about instruction and getting better at this craft this Fall, so stay tuned!

Clockwise from left: (1) Had the pleasure of providing mirror decor and attending a portion of The Coordinate Bride brunch at the Waldorf Astoria on 9/18 (2) Installed a mirror for Christina and Steven at the fabulous Oak Brook Hills Resort on 9/17 (3) Taught a craft night class the SAME evening in Richton Park! So fun! (4) Finally, there are STILL seats open for my 10/22 intro to calligraphy course! 

I'll be back soon! Follow me on IG for all the latest!

--ct

Calligraphy by CT featured on Tablescapes Chicago!

I had the special opportunity to be a part of Tablescapes monthly feature with Guest Designer, Bride + Joy Events!

It was such a great experience. The design was a glamorous, rustic, lush display that even featured cuisine! Most of the shoots that I've been a part of have only focused on the decor. Tablescapes has relationships with so many fabulous catering companies though this makes sense. Added to the overall beauty for sure!

Concept: Bride + Joy Events
Catering: Maison Cuisine
Florals: Blumgarten & Co.
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by CT