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

//INSPIRATION//

Flat lay/Composition

Minimal flat lays

Fashion Flat Lay

//SUPPLIES//

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!

//RESOURCES//

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

Kelle Sauer

kelle_sauer via besotted blog

Isn’t this mood board gorgeous?  There’s more where this came from, but not enough if you ask me, that is why I am writing this, in hopes that Ms. Sauer will add more mood boards for my delight (and I suppose for others as well;)  I found Kelle via instagram and loved her images–simple, filled with texture and lovely tones. So I thought I would do a little snooping and found out she has a blog, she doesn’t update much but when she does she writes completely from the heart–“I want my words to count, to be rich with meaning, so that no matter how few I speak, they will last. I want to take pictures that share my feelings, because that is what I do.”  and when she puts up these mood boards?  Total heart eyes. Enjoy!

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Kelle Sauer Journal

Kelle Sauer Portfolio

Kelle Sauer Instagram

Mood board tutorial Photoshop

Mood board templates 1 | 2 | 3

Free mood board templates

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.