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Join me! I’m back for a beginning pointed pen course in Hyde Park!

This workshop will arm you with the tools you need to begin tackling the basic techniques of modern calligraphy using the pointed pen. How to hold the pen, practicing brushstrokes and finally constructing letters of a full alphabet will be covered. Highly recommended for those of you who are just starting out... Don't worry if you've never picked up a pen either, I make sure EVERYONE is comfy!

Workshop includes:
– 3 hours of instruction with Christy Toney
– 1 oblique pen holder
– 2 pointed pen nibs
– 1 jar of black ink
– Multiple drill / practice sheets
– 1 calligraphy alphabet exemplar (Upper/Lower case letters + numbers)
– Extra/bonus goodies!
– Refreshments

Purchase tickets here, space is limited! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beginners-modern-calligraphy-workshop-tickets-57800697442?aff=ebapi

Check out more information about my workshops here: http://www.calligraphybyct.com/workshops

Hope to see you!!!

Til’ next time,
—ct

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Wanted to take the time to share some mirrors I’ve done! Amazing, amazing photography! Just breathtaking and I’m so proud. Thanks to everyone for trusting me with your important days/milestones!

Planning: @shannongailweddings | Florals: @valeofenna | Photo: @stofferphotography

Florals: @keshevents | Photo: @sodafountainphoto | Planning: @mdurpettievents

Planning: @thegildedaisleweddings | Photo: @kylejohnphoto | Venue: @interconchicago

Planning: @dejanaeevents | Venue: @rm1520 | Photo: @jermainehortonphotography

photo credit: @carascophoto | planning: @dejanaeevents | florals: @keshdesigns

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I have had the privilege of lettering the MASSIVE mirror behind the bar at Room 1520 FIVE times now since April 2018!

Wanted to share a little #BTS and my process.

April 2018 - Wedding

I think this is the largest WRITING that I’ve attempted as far as the real estate of the mirror goes. SO tough to get a good shot of them, but you can squeeze it/blow it up to get a better look.

I had to stand on the bar in order to write so high on the mirror!














For a better look, take a look at my IG post capturing a little video: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhh_y4eHIva/

September 2, 2018 - Wedding

This couple had a specific point of view and utilized all three mirrors. Mirror 1: Names and date | Mirror 2: Signature Cocktails | Mirror 3: Full menu of beers/wines/spirits!












I used the blue painters tape just to section off my work areas. I think it came out great and although the writing was as “voluminous” as the prior job, I think it was easier to photograph.

September 28, 2018 - Wedding

Another couple who requested all three mirrors and I was told I could go crazy and I DID. This was the first time I introduced little representational pics of the drinks… Highballs, cocktail glasses, etc. You can really appreciate it by seeing the vid. I’ll link to the IG post underneath the picture gallery.

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I was so stoked to be invited to do the bar mirror at Room 1520! I wasn’t sure exactly what the Wedding Walk would entail, but later found out that it was basically multiple venues having open houses with attendees being transported between the locations! So nice! Transportation was provided by  Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Participating Venues:

The Lakewood
Room 1520
Ignite Glass Studios
Moonlight Studios
Ovation
The Publishing House
Salvage One
Loft on Lake
Venue West
Loft Lucia
Morgan's on Fulton

I was only able to access the venue in the morning so only a few hours before showtime as the guests would start arriving at 2:00P.







I thought it came out well though its TOUGH to capture with the venue’s reflection already being so WHITE. I was going to do something really scripty and wedding like but then when I saw the logo, I thought it would be pretty cool to mimic that and then just add some offhand flourishing. I posted a short video clip on my IG.

Room 1520 had some great vendors on site and I WISH I’d documented everyone! Some vendors I knew and others I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with for a good little while.





This was a wonderful experience overall and I’d love to be a part of next year’s festivities! The couples I met were flat out adorable and I hope I get a chance to work with them either this season or next!

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Brides, buy as many Forever stamps as you can prior to Sunday if you want to save a few coins! Between save the dates, wedding invitations and the thank you cards that need to be mailed, your savings could end up being significant!

The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Here is a brief overview of how First Class Mail will be impacted.

 First Class Mail Letters

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.

  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).

  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.

  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.

  • Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.

  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.

  • The five cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.

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So excited to announce that I got the “Best of” the Knot for 2019. I had previously gotten it for 2012 and 2013 so LONG time in between. Happy to have my 3rd. It was a wonderful wedding season and I met some great clients. I also got acquainted with some new vendor partners both here and out of state. I feel blessed and privileged to work in this industry. Cheers to 2019!


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Ahhh, continuing the year of firsts! I taught my FIRST mirror lettering class and it was outstanding! The class was based off of my e-book of a similar title! There is nothing like actually auditing a class in person, however if you are interested in getting a head start, grab this resource to start learning the basics!

The students that took this class were pretty much already confident letterers so it was truly all about tips, tricks and techniques!

Will teach this one again, definitely!!!

—ct







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My first time executing a Beginners and Intermediate class on the same day! SO much material covered, wow, just wow! I already know how I want to change things up next time, but a good time was had by all and it just felt great to letter ALL DAY!

Beginners Course:

I focused on the mechanics of the pen as usual. Making marks and alternating pressure using a pencil, a fine line brush pen and then the steel nib dipped in ink. Then practice forming letters from an alphabet exemplar.

Intermediate Course:

Introduction of new writing mediums. Bleed proof white, Pearl-Ex pigments, walnut ink, etc. Some light off hand flourishing and basic envelope lettering. Manipulating the steel nib to create different kinds of letterforms. A second alphabet exemplar to work with.

Definitely will do this again!

—ct



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The class held on April 21st was a success! I was able to introduce more concepts than I thought possible. 

I like to take students through different drills using a pencil, brush pen and THEN the steel nib dipped in ink. Each student receives a lesson guide, 1-2 alphabet exemplars, a canvas tote and other goodies!

I hope you can join me for upcoming classes!

—ct



















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Calligraphy by CT by Christy Toney - 4M ago

CONGRATS out there brides and grooms to be! Today is referred to as “Matrimony Monday”. THE busiest planning day/week after the 1st of the year. Its almost like the bookend to engagement season with couples busily attempting to lockdown goods and services as they plan their weddings for the upcoming year!

  1. THE most important thing to secure is your venue. Full stop. Popular venue’s are often booked up to a year in advance to don’t wait if you have your heart set on a spot!

  2. Popular vendors get booked QUICKLY. If you have your heart set on a florist, baker or photographer, do not wait to at least have a conversation with them. Share your date and your needs and get an idea of what you need to do to book them in time.

  3. As a rule, send Save the Dates out 6-8 months in advance of your date. Especially if inviting a high volume of out of towners or if the event itself is a destination. Invites should be sent 8-10 weeks in advance, however you can cheat with this range a little if you have sent Save the Dates already.

  4. Speaking of paper goods, you’ll need to determine if you are someone who would like to work with a custom invitation designer or if you are comfortable with the online options out there. Its a personal decision but again, if you have your eye on a vendor, make sure you give yourself enough time to work with them, it can be a time consuming process.

  5. Calligraphers are booked early. Another time consuming craft. Reach out early so your work can be scheduled!

  6. If you are super busy and feeling overwhelmed don’t be afraid to reach out to an event planner. They are literally WAITING for your phone call during this period so that they can jump in an help you bring a vision to life… On time and on budget.

    FINALLY, enjoy yourselves! This is such a special time and although it will feel like a NEVER-ENDING process at some points, you WILL get through it. Congrats again and come find me for your lettering needs! xoxo —ct



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