Roost Tribe Membership

roost tribe membership via besotted i

We are such fans of surface pattern designer and Adobe Illustrator expert Bonnie Christine, everything she puts out works so flawlessly with the brand she has built (an excellent example of cohesive branding). If you are a creative, doing illustration, lettering etc. and are wondering what outlets there may be to build your work into something more Bonnie is a great starting point!  Bonnie has a monthly membership based site called The Roost Tribe, it is a community of creatives but even better it is an immensely jam packed resource.  Bonnie is truly a resource powerhouse, her classes on Skillshare are among the most popular on their site (from experience this is an incredibly difficult task to accomplish), she has years now of experience creating successful textile collections and she is happy to share her  endless knowledge.  We thought we would share some of the monthly topics she tackles in her Roost Tribe (link below for detailed next 6 months)–

May– Getting started with an industry (fabric, wallpaper,stationery).  Video tutorial on creating mock-ups.

June-Marketing 10. Bonnie shares the marketing strategies she uses (she’s everywhere so I think she’s figured this topic out),

July-Leverage your handwriting (I think a lot of you could get behind this!)

August-Getting noticed and charging for your work

We have teamed up with Bonnie to giveaway one full year of a Roost Tribe membership! A $149 USD value, we are positive that if you participate in the tribe you should walk away with a ton more knowledge and inspiration and we hope a new flourishing career! So if you are ready to change your life and take your illustrations or lettering to another level then enter to win by:

-Leave a comment below

-Follow Bonnie Christine on Instagram

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Tuesday May 16, 2017.  Good luck!

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Bonnie Christine Instagram

Learn about The Tribe

Roost Tribe Yearly Plan of Attack

Bonnie Christine courses

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.

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Besotted with :: Watercolor Markers

winsor newton watercolor pen with brush review via besotted blog

Have you ever tried watercolor markers yet? We were recently introduced to watercolor markers and have been duly impressed! The one featured in the photo is by Winsor & Newton and is professional grade, it was the first we tried and we wanted to give you our first impressions. The one we purchased is a dual tip, one for detail work and a brush tip for covering larger areas. As you can see from the photo you do get a beautiful even wash of color that is very true to the original watercolor medium. For sake of convenience, we are putting together a quick PROS + CONS, this is by no means extensive as we have only tried this one brand but we are eager to try more!Read More

Mega Flat Lay Tutorial Round Up!

mega list of flat lay tutorials via besotted

We know how popular flat lays are right now for social media and we also know how difficult they are to achieve even though they seem like they should be easy (they aren’t). We have plans to do a tutorial soon on what we have learned, but in the interim we did a round-up of flat lay tutorials for you, everything from photographing the flat lay to styling it, we have you covered on the editing front (which is usually equally as difficult as shooting the darn thing). The great news is that once you have a little practice under your belt, it gets a lot easier and a lot more fun (especially the sourcing props part).

If you have any tips or tricks to add or would like to add your own link for ‘inspiration’ please do so in the comments!

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Flat Lay 5 Ways (good one!)

Park & Cube Flat Lay How to (+ video)

Instagram Style Flat Lay

How to take a perfect flat lay

Master Flat Lay like a boss

Flat Lay Photo Styling Tips

The Perfect Flat Lay

Style a Better Flat Lay

DIY Flat Lay Workspace

How to Flat Lay by Mr. Gumbratron (video)

A Jewelry Designers take on Flat Lay

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Flat lay/Composition

Minimal flat lays

Fashion Flat Lay

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Stockholm | Clean x Minimal photo editing set

Photoshop CC

Wide angle lens

White board

Lights (optional)

Reflector (you can use your foam core board too)

Tripod

Stool

Putty

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.

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Easy watercolor leaves, wreaths, feathers and moons!

how to watercolor leaves and feathers via besotted

Michelle and I have been dabbling in watercolor exploration for about a year. Actually dabbling sounds like we have spent more time on it than we actually have, the last time we brought out our watercolor set was last summer so more like ‘dibbling‘ than dabbling. After starting the botanical sketching, I really wanted to try my hand at some loose abstracts and fluid botanicals. It seemed easy enough, but I failed, I failed a million times over and I’m not just being humble here, my three year old was doing a better job at washes and blobs.  At one point Michelle even suggested I ask my toddler to teach me, which I would have but three year olds aren’t particularly known for their patience. Luckily I found a couple of on-line teachers, that are patient and really, really good at explaining things. I can not believe that in 2 mini lessons I learned how to draw leaves and a feather! That actually look like leaves and a feather! Just that little bit of knowledge gave me such confidence and then I learned how to watercolor a moon? My goodness! I have started to feel some rays of hope. There is great satisfaction for someone that wants to do something to actually be able to develop the skill set to do it!  If you have tried your hand at watercolors and felt hopeless I hope these classes will give you some confidence. If you only paint watercolor leaves for the rest of your life, it would be a great skill to have/learn, they are so relaxing and satisfying and super duper easy to do!

Let us know if you try it, or if you have found any secret resources. I do want to forewarn you, the graphics associated with the class/tutorials may seem either child-like (one is aimed at children) or maybe not your style, please don’t let that dissuade you, there are real gems here, plus they are super speedy, so you will be in and out in no time and painting something that is recognizable, which is truly exciting! I have become a huge fan of one of the teachers, Peggy Dean, love her teaching style and I truly hope she produces a ton more classes!

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Learn to watercolor leaves, wreaths + feathers (and more!)

Watercolor a full moon (all their tutorials are great)

Brushes (I am using cheapies, but will be buying the ones Peggy mentioned in class)

Watercolor pan set (good colors, inexpensive can be chalky)

Watercolor highly pigmented (GREAT price + colors)

Tube set with palette

Watercolor paper (this is good and inexpensive but it does warp)

Photo edited with Foto Rx

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.

The mega list of floral drawing tutorials

the mega lost of floral drawing tutorials

We’ve had some winter wonderland snow-filled days here in the PNW, and although they were stunningly beautiful I am aching for spring. Michelle and I decided to break out our sketch pads for a pattern we had in mind for our Photoshop pattern class using your own illustrations, but it quickly escalated into a floral sketching bonanza. I haven’t done any sketching in what seems like years, but I can tell you just taking a few minutes here and there to sketch with pencil and paper, the most humble of tools, has made me wildly excited about the possibilities of actually having a creative hobby that I could do with a toddler in tow.Read More