Free download Martin Luther King Jr. quote

Rare bird specimen iv MLK font

We love how Lisa of Post Calligraphy utilized our Rare Bird Font Foundry Specimen IV to create this powerful quote. Lisa did the hand for this font and it has a bevy of alternates, how charming is the crown above the ‘i’?  We have waxed poetic about this font before it really is an excellent addition to any designer’s font collection, it can go from clean + casual sans to charming and quirky in a wink. For those of you that freak out when they don’t have anything to post for Instagram we include a weekly download in our Rare Bird Font Foundry newsletter, they are perfect when you are having a little social media melt down, also from experience we know how well received quotes are on a feed (just a little Insta marketing tip).


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Specimen IV

Test Specimen IV here

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52 Week Project: Week 2 & 3

Magnifying glass shadows via besotted blog

white on white shell via besotted blog ii

We are still here and we are still doing our photo a week project!  I have attempted many failed 365’s, never a 52 but a photo a week seems to be doable (confession Michelle has been doing most of the shooting but I have been doing some editing!), teamwork, right?  If you are in a photo rut we do hope you join us on our Instagram feed, it’s never too late to participate. We know one of the fastest ways to advance your photography skills is just by shooting on the regular, we promise that it has worked every. single. time.  Week two our word prompt was ‘shadow’, Michelle used a broken magnifying glass and created a spectacularly graphic image! I hope this is motivation for those of you that feel that you need to invest in props, just see things with eyes anew.  This week our prompt is ‘white’, again a simple shell found on the beach was shot on white cardstock, the texture and the subtlety of the tone on tone is just sublime.  We so hope that you join us, this is getting so good!

We have linked resources below as always with some added inspo links!  Are you doing any creative projects for 2018?  We’d love to hear from you!


Foto Rx Instagram

Photo shot with Fuji XT10

Image edited with Foto Rx B + W Photoshop actions (coming soon!)

Edited in Photoshop CC

Annie Liebovitz teaches photography!

Some favorite photography books

52 week photo challenge!


Michelle and I have started 2018 with a goal to continually replenish our creative well.  Last year we spent so much time with our heads down working that we had zero time to stop and get inspired anew. We didn’t shoot as much as we would have liked to, nor draw, nor paint, but this year we plan to give ourselves mandatory inspo time. We recently went to the Andrew Wyeth exhibit in Seattle which was incredible to witness in person, so much emotion, attention to detail and surprisingly wonder-filled.

To try to avoid shooting ruts we are doing a 52 week photo project on our Foto Rx Instagram feed, each week we will be providing a prompt and a photo example of how we interpreted the prompt. Last week was morning and this is Michelle’s submission. We edited it with our Stockholm | Clean x Minimal Photoshop action set, which gave the image some added depth and subdued the tones, it reads very much to me like a painting don’t you think? We do hope you join in our 52!

Are you doing anything different this year to keep the creative muse going?  We would love to hear!


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Stockholm Clean x Minimal

Photo shot with Fuji XT10

Still life tutorial

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth book

New Year’s Motto

veni vidi vici via besotted blog

Every year Michelle and I sit down and come up with a mantra/motto for the year ahead. Last year we had ‘It’s on’ and we still feel the same way, we are in full steam ahead mode. Michelle joked that 2018 should be ‘It’s still on,’ it is indeed! We wanted to move forward with something that felt every bit as kick a@! and decided on Veni Vidi Vici Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered.

We wanted to go through a little recap of what we accomplished last year, something we highly recommend you doing as well as you just might surprise yourselves like we did. We have not reaped the financial rewards (to the degree we wanted yet) of all our labors and I think that made it feel like we didn’t accomplish as much as we did, but to see it in writing made us realize what we did accomplish and that we have put into motion something big, something that has legs! We so want that for you too, there’s that quote ‘a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle,’ we wholeheartedly believe that and we hope to always be able to be a ‘light’ for you and others. Here’s to a year filled with laughter, health, creativity and prosperity.

What we accomplished in 2017:

Last year we launched 3 photo editing sets for Foto RxPortland, Stockholm, and Vintage Foto Fix. Portland quickly becoming one of our #1 sellers! These sets take a ton of brain power, testing and branding before we launch, one a year would be great so getting 3 out was outstanding! We already have new products set in motion for 2018!

We delved deep into Lightroom, so deep that we will be launching presets in 2018!

We launched an online class Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop, a super quick and easy way to create patterns.

We had a full-on photo shoot with model, make-up artist and stylist. This was a huge deal for us, since almost everything in our portfolio is    still life/product based. Not only was the shoot a blast, it was a huge success with each image exceeding our expectations (and our bar is high).

We went down to Los Angeles to scout a location for a photo studio, putting into motion another dream realized–regular visits to a sunny clime and a space to shoot uninterrupted for a few days a month.

We set-up a personal shoot with a model where we art directed, location scouted, styled and shot. It was a lot of work, but the images were worth the effort and made our minds percolate with all the possibilities.

We launched a font foundry! That was an enormous undertaking, 4 years in the making, we had to create a brand, site and a marketing game plan (to name a few things;) We launched with 4 fonts and all four of them made it into the hot 50 on My Fonts, an unheard of accomplishment for a new foundry. With this project we were able to help many of the artists we admire create a new passive income stream to allow them to focus on creating more of their dreams.

We have big plans for 2018, we hope to share some of them with you and hear some of yours (let’s make ourselves accountable). Happy New Year friends!

Free Chocolate Wrapper Download!


We are mere days away from Christmas day and we know that some of you (ourselves included) are scrambling for some last minute gifts and stocking stuffers, so the ever brilliant Michelle whipped these up for our Rare Bird Font Foundry mailing list (we do a free Instagram graphic every week!).  Michelle used our Specimen I font for the ‘joyveux noel’ in Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls hand and the tiny stars are from our Specimen IV font which is filled to the brim with charming illustrations. Sign-up for the list and we will send it off to you. we hope this little wrapper makes its way under your tree and in your stockings, enjoy friends!


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