Five for Friday

georgia o'keefe portrait via peabody essex museum

Another incredibly fast week and we are in March?! What the what? I could use a little slowing down of time, you? No worries, we are feeling extraordinary productive and on a creative upswing. I wonder if it has anything to do with our #fotorx52 photo project? Having a photo prompt and weekly deadline is working since we spend the week thinking about what we are going to shoot and how and of course prepping our prompt ideas for the following week.

I. Have you heard about this company that is basically a Wholefoods without the branding? Everything in the on line shop is $3, their brandless branding is A-OK with me, most items are organic and GMP free, worth a peek!

II. Michelle just finished reading this fictional book based on the correspondence between Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Steigliz, it’s on my list to read next.

III. Fuji Film just released their newest camera model and the word on the street is the video capabilities is aces. The better news is their pro camera X-T1 is a steal now, and I am trying to figure out any good excuse why I shouldn’t have it (I really, really want it).

IV. I have been on the hunt for a good dry shampoo spray, I recently picked this one up made with clay. So far it’s not leaving my hair white or gray, which seems to be the norm with dry shampoos. The scent is strong, but not unpleasant and dissipates fast, under $10 to boot!

V. If you missed it we did a mega round-up of our favorite Skillshare art classes– drawing, lettering, watercolor! Not to be missed! I mentioned in that post that these classes have helped me immensely with my once sub-par drawing skills.

Our mega list of favorite Skillshare classes!

favorite online art classes via besotted

We recently found out that we are ‘teachers to watch’ on Skillshare, a huge honor considering how many wonderful teachers and the volume of classes there are available at Skillshare. We know how overwhelming it can be so we have created a list of some of our very favorite Skillshare classes broken down into accessible categories! It’s amazing the talent that has pooled together in the Skillshare community, you truly get to learn from individuals that are at the top of their game in their industry, many are also blessed with the ability to easily translate their knowledge into consumable bites. I don’t think I would be this far in my drawing endeavors without having taken some of these classes that really gave me many ‘light bulb’ moments!
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Five for Friday

sketch cleaned with lettering Rx via besotted

I actually forgot to post my Five for Friday, because I had a four year old field trip hangover, or something like that. It was my daughter’s first big field trip and although it was  a total blast, my mind obviously turned to mush and forgot I had a blog, it happens. So I am here on Saturday giving you a Five for Friday, because that’s how I’ll have to roll for another 14 years, k?

I. I have to mention we are doing a giveaway for Lettering Rx, it was created to quickly clean and digitize you lettering but we have found it works equally well on line drawings (just make sure your lines are black and not too thin). This is my attempt at an Ellsworth/Michelle type botanical. I am actually pretty happy with the results! I used a 4b Derwent sketching pencil, the 4b being Michelle’s preference. The tip is nice and soft.

II. Have you read any good books lately? I used to only read biographies, but once Michelle and I started writing our book, I have fallen head over heels with reading books that have a magical element. The upside is most of them are for a younger reader so I can consume them pretty quickly. I just finished the ‘The Secret Horses of Briar Manor’, where a little girl during World War II sees flying horses in the mirrors, or does she?  The pick this week for my daughter is one of my favorite children’s illustrators who has also penned this book. It’s called ‘Colette’s Lost Pet’ featuring a giant parakeet named after Marie Antoinette? Totally in.

III. I made a goal to improve my skin this year, one of the ways that I am doing that is exercising. I found this instructor on line, and although visually it’s pretty much the antithesis of my aesthetic Cassey’s incredible positive energy keeps me coming back for more. I love that I can choose to do exercises in very small time increments and often times will convince myself to do just one 8 minute workout and end up doing much more. My face has a glow and bonus my arms are getting some definition.

IV. I received a Le Labo lip balm for Christmas and I think it just may be my favorite lip balm of all time (and I am seriously a lip balm fanatic). It’s not greasy, almost creamy, doesn’t taste like anything and gives the perfect amount of sheen. The packaging is pretty good looking too.

V. It’s still freezing in the Pacific Northwest, I am so happy that Michelle got me this blanket. My daughter has dubbed it the ‘Yeti blanket’. It’s so warm and cozy (very luxe). The other day my daughter had pulled it off the sofa in a rush and I came back to the livingroom to find my Frenchie laying on it on her back with her paws in the air and what could only be described as a delirious smile, seriously. It also is perfect if you want to add a little texture to your interior design.

How a pro calligrapher cleans + digitizes her lettering

Bespoke Strokes for Lettering Rx

I got a vey kind email this morning to let me know this post which I launched yesterday came up empty. Nope, I was not going extreme minimalism I think I had my first major blog blooper, my apologies!  We wanted to let you know that our friend the very kind and talented Chantelle Hoffman of Bespoke Strokes is generously hosting a giveaway of our beloved Lettering Rx on her Instagram feed, which she uses as a professional calligrapher to clean her lettering and get it ready for vectorization or digitized to share on social media (like this graphic which started out as a very quick Iphone snap and we were able to clean, remove background and place on a colored background in about 2 minutes!). Chantelle has been a professional calligrapher for 20 years and can claim clients such as Tiffany’s, Hermes, Louis Vuitton amongst others. This my friends is such an incredible endorsement for us that someone of this caliber and experience would trust our product to save her ‘endless hours of time’ as she’s said. If you have been wanting to take your lettering and illustration business to the next level, than Lettering Rx needs to be in your digital tool box. It is a Photoshop based product, but we pinky promise that if you can click a button you would be able to use our product.

Please visit Bespoke Strokes Instagram for more information on how to enter to win, all the links below!


Bespoke Strokes Instagram

Bespoke Strokes Studio

Lettering Rx

Lettering Rx video