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Besotted with Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway

What a week! All my week’s feel like whirlwinds, maybe that’s part and parcel of having a toddler, or getting older (or drinking too much cold brew), but whatever the reason I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Since I work for myself I don’t get a traditional weekend, so Friday’s don’t feel much like Friday’s anymore, but I do remember savoring that feeling of closing time when I was working at an office (actually it was their storage closest) but still. With that lovely feeling in mind of it being time to head out for the weekend I will leave you a few things that are happening around here, happy weekend!

You still have time to enter Maybelle’s exquisite giveaway, remember to leave your comment here and make sure you regram or pin the images with the hashtag #lovemaybelle. We have been loving all your quotes, we are duly moved and inspired.

I have mentioned Maskcara before, I adore her, but this makeover was just outstanding!

I am a huge fan of the artist Carson Ellis, her collaborative project with her husband, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists ) the book series ‘The Wildwood Chronicles’ is wildly imaginative and would not be the same without her illustrative genius. I am really relishing each chapter. This is a fun interview with Carson, if you interested in probing further and seeing more of her fine work.

Speaking of beautiful illustrations, my daughter is currently on a huge mermaid kick thanks to a stunningly beautiful double page mermaid spread in Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. E. won’t even let me finish the story anymore and wants to cut straight to the mermaids, I love reading to her so I was in search of book with a mermaid focus and found The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G.Campbell, the story is sweet and original and the illustrations are equally as gorgeous.

Michelle and I recently figured out something close to magic in Photoshop, a new (and easier) way to do a task for the next Foto Rx set we are creating. I love the thrill of discovery and being able to experiment with our new found skills! Speaking of that wonderful program Photoshop we will be having some simple + easy Photoshop tutorials up on the site next week!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

photo by michelle p.

Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway Sneak Peek

Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway Ink

We are thrilled that you all seem to be as excited about our giveaway as we are! Michelle, a fine photographer indeed, shot the kit beautifully and I thought you may want to get a peek at some of the items in the kit. Maybelle’s favorite ink is in the kit, it’s housed in a convenient dropper, with a seriously gorgeous letterpress label. I’d have to say Maybelle’s attention to detail is what sets her apart from her peers, it is unparalleled. I am sure you will agree with me, but I should stop blathering and show you more, no? [Read more…]


Besotted with Maybelle Luxe Kit Giveaway

Monday’s are not known for being awesome, but this Monday just got exponentially more so! The doyenne of Modern Calligraphy Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls has created a Besotted exclusive, (because she’s amazing like that), and because it’s Monday, it’s summertime and I suppose ‘just because’. We have teamed up for a giveaway–our most extravagant lettering Bestowal to date! This is for all those lettering enthusiasts, packaging aficionados, stationery hoarders and Maybelle fans. This is an exclusive set, created just for you and only available to win this week.

I think I should just get down to business and let you know what’s in this exclusive luxe kit giveaway, shan’t I? Oh, okay, if you insist:


  • The kit includes a custom built 13.75″ x 10.5″ x 3″ wood slide top box (Maybelle’s husband made it!)
  • 26 page Practice booklet (A-Z instructions)
  • 1 wood straight holder
  • 3 Steel nibs
  • 1 Lined Guide sheet
  • 10 sheets of vellum practice paper
  • 10 sheets black paper
  • 1 ounce bottle of Maybelle’s favorite sumi ink (it comes in a dropper bottle with a letterpress label, sigh)
  • 1 hand crafted wooden pen rest with 2 glass vials for black and white ink
  • 1 Wood ink holder for 9 inks
  • 9 glass ink bottles (empty, perfect when mixing your gouache)
  • 1 full-size bottle of Dr, Martin’s Bleed proof White
  • 1 empty jar for mixing white ink
  • 2 letterpress coasters of Maybelle’s alphabet
  • 1 letterpress print of Maybelle’s alphabet on thick kraft 4-ply chipboard perfect for framing and a reference
  • 1 Botanical canvas tote
  • 1 wooden drying rack
  • Foto Rx | Vitamin L25 Paper to Pixel Photoshop action set
  • Photoshop for Lettering Artists class

This magnificent kit is valued at $500! The only thing better would be a visit by Miss Maybelle, right?  The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be announced next Monday, July 27, 2015. To enter to win please answer the following question in the comments:

What is your favorite quote? Or quotes? (we know how hard it is to choose just one!)

For additional chances to enter make sure to follow Maybelle and Foto Rx on Instagram, we will be posting photos of the kit for you to regram with the hashtag #lovemaybelle. Need more chances? I.know. (I wish I could enter!) Pin this photo and hashtag #lovemaybelle.  We wish you luck our friends, we can’t wait to read your fave quotes!

P.S. If you are interested here are some of mine, here, here, here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

photo by michelle p.


Lettering Gift Guide I via Besotted Blog

I have been behind on pretty much everything, so a gift guide a few days before Christmas doesn’t seem so strange, right? I have good reason (as I usually do), I don’t have much time these days but I have been on fire inspired. I don’t know if it’s the prospect of a new year but there’s so much I want to do, I am not sure how I will be able to fit it all in between naps (as that is the only ‘me’ time I get these days). I am dubbing this lettering gift guide ‘I’ because there will be more to come, so many links to be sure, but the kits, the class and a great scanner are all things I am sure any lettering enthusiast would enjoy!

Kal’s brush lettering class should be a must see for everyone. What? Let me tell you, I have watched it several times already, her LOVE for her craft is so awe inspiring, if you don’t feel this way about what you do (or something in your life) than you need to re-evaluate. She just love, love, loves it, everything about it. I think we all need to have that something that we are wildly crazy about and it doesn’t have to be lettering, but that something that drives us to be better, try harder and get lost in the process. A  truly wonderful class!

I think if you are going to be gifting a newbie lettering enthusiast a kit, there’s so many lovely ones out there right now and even if the recipient has a kit, it’s nice to have new supplies and also new exemplars to follow.

I have misplaced the power source plug to my scanner and have been annoying everyone to scan things for me. I really love my scanner and have recommended it before but I have been noticing a lot of artists have been using scanners that are not flat beds so I added one I think looks pro enough (quality wise) and has that low profile that these artist seem to like (great for small spaces).

fig. o1 Kal Barteski Script Class

fig. 02 (but here are some others that I wouldn’t mind, here, here and here!)

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fig. 04 (not shown) I think this Adobe Photoshop subscription is a total bang for your buck, I wish they had it when I first started out as a graphic designer!

P.S. If you want even more Kal inspiration, because who doesn’t? Watch her Ted Talks, be forewarned it brought tears to my eyes!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.


foodie gift guide besotted blog

So much to say, there’s a reason that it’s been sporadic here, I despise being ‘one of those‘ bloggers that apologizes all the time for their absence, it seems so trite. In my defense I do have a reason, so much to say about it and I will be expounding on it later but now is not the time. Michelle though has graciously continued her perfect gift guide search whilst her partner has been in the abyss. Today we are doing the Foodie gift guide!  I am not a foodie as much as I am a food enthusiast, I think this gift guide will be equally as helpful for both as I see about oh, 8 things I wouldn’t mind owning…

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P.S. We’ll be back today with the Jen Huang giveaway details, seriously now, this is a super good one!

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