Stunning Wedding Celebration at Tribeca 360

Yes, its February and I am just now posting for the New Year. 2017 featured a whirlwind of events that I was excited about participating in. Just an amazing year. This season is getting started in the same way, with new projects, new clients and more challenges as we move through the year.

I got some pics from an event that I did "day of" stationery for on 12/30. Tina LaMorte of NJ based Oh So Fab events tapped me to do an "ombre" table. I'd never done this before. I split the list up into three parts and lettered the first section in a pale pink, the middle a deeper shade of pink and then the last section fuchsia. It came out looking wonderful! I also executed some mirrors behind the place cards for other guests who had open cocktail seating.

Gorgeous, detailed shots being delivered to me after an event is a real treat because there is no guarantee that happens! Please enjoy and I'll be back with more updates in a more regular fashion! 

Photo credit: @dweissstudio | Planning: @ohsofab_events | Venue: @tribeca360

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!

Calligraphy by CT YouTube Channel

I'm back. Finally replaced the laptop that I killed last season with a fatal spill of coffee so I'll definitely be able to blog more. I've missed blogging for sure!

I've started a YouTube channel and have been uploading vids as I work. I've got a few to upload from my Instagram that were informative as well. At least I can upload longer versions to YouTube.

Follow me! Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTnpyLEnj9B3C7QBlscj7w

I can't get a unique URL until I get 100 followers so I've got a LONG way to go! Please, help me out by subscribing! In the meantime, please enjoy some of my most popular videos so far below...

Wedding Mirror Seating Chart Ideas

Mirror seating charts are STILL extremely popular. I did my first one back in 2013 and 4 years later, they are likely my most popular item and MOST inquired about "day of" decor element.

This post is for those of you getting married that may be wondering exactly what kinds of mirrors you can have designed. The two most popular ways (and there are alternate ways to display each type) are:

  • Alpha Order - Guests organized by last name. I like to add a letter or letters above each "section/group" of names in order to make scanning/finding your name easier.
     
  • By Table - Guests seated by table name or number - This is a lovely look and one that clients ask for most often, however I like to remind them that anything over 14-15 tables may make it harder for guests to navigate.

Other add ons:

  • Be Our Guest
  • Where Am I Sitting?
  • Please Be Seated
  • Please Find Your Seat
  • Wedding Hashtag
  • Thank you for sharing in our special day

Another Free Download - Calligraphy Worksheet

I've got another free download! Check out these exercises. These strokes will be helpful in gaining control. You should be able to press (firm pressure) and release (ease up on your pressure) with greater control as you continue through this journey.

I have put together a video walking you through practicing with this sheet, check it out and download and practice yourself!

New Font by Deb Sementelli! Cinque Donne

I am so excited to introduce you to a fresh new font by Deb Sementelli. Deb is responsible for some of the most popularly used wedding fonts in rotation now. Bellucia, Dom Loves Mary and Cantoni Pro to name a few.

This new font has been fashioned solely by Deb and is a labor of love that reflects a tribute to her sisters. With plenty of alternates, ornaments and flourishes, this font speaks to the kind of creative, signage, and wedding/shower invitations we are seeing all over the internet today. Its fun, whimsical and can be dressed up or down. I believe it is a MUST have for graphic designers, stationers and lettering artists everywhere!

GRAB THIS FONT NOW AND SAVE 50% OFF!
Use code: Blog50OFF

So glad to be able to offer this fabulous product! Please take advantage now as this offer is limited!

Be back soon!

--ct

New Intro to Modern Calligraphy Class! 05/21/17

Yes, its on a Sunday! I thought parking would be better and learning calligraphy is a GREAT way to spend a Sunday afternoon! New location! Newer content! I'm super excited and hope you can join me! 11:00A-2:30P. Book your spot today! 

2 Weeks Left to Beginner's Modern Caligraphy!

The class is Saturday, March 11, 2017! Start your calligraphy journey THIS year! I hope you can join me for my 1st Quarter class! There will be refreshments, a detailed curriculum, practice sheets and MORE. Better yet, a HALF HOUR has been added to this course so its 3.5 hours! Hurry and book your slot while the Early Bird rate is still available.

FREE Printable Calligraphy Practice Worksheet

I've got a goodie for all of you guys who may have put your pen holders down for too long. Its a chance to warm up your wrist with some interesting STROKE PRACTICE!

These particular drills are designed to go BEYOND the basics and really get yourself comfortable moving the nib over your paper. Make a few copies, find a quiet spot and sneak in some work on your craft!

Indie Wed 2017 Review

Indie Wed was a huge success for me. I loved everything. The vibe, the vendors, the couples, it was truly special. Very intimate and "kitschy", I thought it was a one of a kind show. My mirror decor fit in perfectly. Special thanks to Kelly Horvath, the show's founder for accepting my company with open arms. Also need to thank my biz buddy Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events who encouraged me to do this show and also came out to help me field client inquiries.

I also heard that there was a special 7:15A segment that featured ONLY my mirrors but I have been unable unfortunately to obtain the footage! I DID make it to the "wrap-up" reel, but it was truly a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, so I made sure to get a screen shot of it.

Last minute Christmas Decor (Glitter Ornaments)

Am I the only one that is finally getting around to adding ornaments to the tree? I've had it up for a couple of weeks, but somehow the ornaments are just making it on!

Wanted to quickly share a tutorial re: glitter ornaments. I stumbled onto this recipe (it was in more than one place, I guess its pretty popular) while creating my Cubs ornaments.  I ran out of red glitter ornaments and needed to create some on my own. The glitter was large, not fine and seemed to be embedded behind the glass. How exactly did it get stuck there I asked myself? Was the ornament filled with the glitter or was it glued somehow?

Well, it turns out there was a method to achieve this look after all!

Grab some craft ornaments from Hobby Lobby or just some glass ornaments. 3" ornaments are probably the most popular.

Grab some craft ornaments from Hobby Lobby or just some glass ornaments. 3" ornaments are probably the most popular.

Find some Pledge Floor Finish... Yes, Pledge Floor Finish. I found this at WalMart. This is going to be used as your "adhesive".

Find some Pledge Floor Finish... Yes, Pledge Floor Finish. I found this at WalMart. This is going to be used as your "adhesive".

Go ahead and poor a generous amount inside of your ornament.

Go ahead and poor a generous amount inside of your ornament.

Go ahead and swirl it around. Cover the open cover with a rag and turn it upside down. Careful not to shake it though. Shaking will cause bubbles to form and you don't want that.

Go ahead and swirl it around. Cover the open cover with a rag and turn it upside down. Careful not to shake it though. Shaking will cause bubbles to form and you don't want that.

Empty the excess pledge formula back in the bottle and then add your glitter. You can make a paper funnel to make sure you are not being wasteful. The jumbo glitter flakes look nicer to me than the finer pattern.

Empty the excess pledge formula back in the bottle and then add your glitter. You can make a paper funnel to make sure you are not being wasteful. The jumbo glitter flakes look nicer to me than the finer pattern.

Voila! Make sure you coat the inside of the ornament with the glitter and it should stick effortlessly to the sides!

Voila! Make sure you coat the inside of the ornament with the glitter and it should stick effortlessly to the sides!

Recap the ornament, add a bow and you should be all set for hanging! 

Recap the ornament, add a bow and you should be all set for hanging! 

Thanks for viewing this last minute craft idea! You can also letter them with a deco color paint pen if you are wanting to personalize them!

 

 

Calligraphy by CT will do INDIE WED 2017

Ahhh! I've been wanting to do Indie Wed for a couple of years now and it looks like 2017 will be the YEAR! Finally. I'm excited. 

Some of the vendors/artists that are lined up for the 2017 show!

Some of the vendors/artists that are lined up for the 2017 show!

What is Indie Wed?
Indie Wed is THE alternative to traditional wedding expos. For those in the midst of wedding planing, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop for all the best wedding artisans and professionals around the country. Indie Wed is the longest running independent wedding show in the U.S. featuring unique, eco-conscious, handmade-focused, LGBT-friendly, and otherwise rad vendors.

When is it?
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm | Ravenswood Event Center
Entrance at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

Who should attend?
Brides who'd like to use/support independent artists for their big day

Cool, let me know all the deets!
Check out www.IndieWed.com for complete details!!!

 

Treat Yourself to a Cubs Ornament! WS Champs edition

Super excited that the Cubbies FINALLY did it! They won the whole doggone thing!

Now its time to celebrate with some Christmas Ornaments. Grab a few from my Etsy shop! Supplies are limited and you can get a special price of $5 each through today. Extension of a Cyber Monday deal, don't wait, order now.

 

Take care til' next time!

--ct

Mirror Lettering: A How To Guide Available Now

It's been a looong time and so much has happened since the last blog. I need to recap the awesome calligraphy workshop I hosted on October 22nd... I've got some cool worksheets to share, and finally I want to get you up to speed on some cool holiday calligraphy ideas. Whew!

FIRST, I want to share that I've FINALLY (and I do mean finally) put together a "how to" guide for creating mirrors. I get so many questions about this particular style of writing that I thought I'd go ahead and put together my BEST tips for doing these right the first time. You can purchase a digital download from my hand lettering page or from my Etsy shop!

Excerpts below:

Grab the e-book by 11/30 if you can for the special rate! I'll be back soon with more goodies!

--ct