Print your photos |Off your device and on to your walls!

Frame your photos from your phone via besotted blog

There’s not a whole lot I hate more than physically framing my own photos (Michelle concurs). There’s something so annoying about pulling up all those little sharp tabs, sliding your image in the frame only to find after you finally secured everything that you have a piece of dust, fingerprint or what have you stuck between the image and the glass, time to start all over again with those sharp little tabs. What’s that? You spotted something shiny? Your toddler just put something suspicious in her mouth? The dog got into the garbage again? So much for framing best intentions…until that is we came across Instantly Framed. This is one of those companies where you secretly wish you came up with the idea, an app that allows you to both print and frame your Instagram/mobile photos in super high quality (they even wait for the photo to cure before attempting the dreaded framing bit), gloriously large 12″ x 12″ frames, $65 usd, with free shipping, a 3 day turnaround as well, it’s time to add to the gallery wall!

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.

Print your photos | Off your device and into your life!

Print your photos II via besotted blog

I spotted this image of Philipe Roucou’s beautiful silk scarf on Brooklyn Limestone over 3 years ago and it still has been floating away in the abyss which is my brain and this week was the perfect time to break it out and let you know that there are so many resources now for printing actual silk scarves! You can print one or a thousand, technology has finally caught up with us crafty minded individuals that don’t like anything that looks crafty (if you know what I mean). With the holidays around the corner, this resource couldn’t have been more well timed. The best types of images would probably be something along the lines of what Philippe Roucou did–simple, nostalgic images, travel inspired with good tones and palette. I’m thinking even a great vintage photo would work too!

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Photo printed silk scarves, leggings and dresses

Photo printed silk scarves (East coast)

Photo printed silk (for all the sewist out there)

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.

Quality art supplies make all the difference

Quality art supplies make all the difference!

Many years ago I had art school interns, one of them whom suggested that I’d probably love watercolor, because it was a forgiving medium. So one day I decided I would try it, I was at the drugstore and bought one of those multi-pans of watercolor that came with a brush and pulled out some copy paper from my printer. Do I need to even mention how my results were far from any expectation I had? Probably not, it was a disaster, a waste of time and money. Nowadays we have access to so many more resources on line but I thought I would do a quickie review of some supplies that might make your foray into trying a new art medium/skill a little more successful for the first time. It’s really not quantity, but quality and luckily quality art supplies are available in a range of affordable prices so you can try something new out without a huge investment.

Drawing/sketching

This is the most basic of mediums, all you really need is some pencils, paper and an eraser. The problem lies in a lot of people trying to sketch and draw with their trusty No. 02 pencil, using the eraser on the end of it and whatever paper is available.  This seems to be no problem for someone that already has some aptitude for drawing but for the newbie it could be both the beginning and end to a successful drawing career. I would suggest buying an inexpensive pack of pencils with different lead hardness. An eraser that won’t tear your paper or leave behind a residue or dye (like the pink eraser does) and a good sketching pad. These simple tools are a meager investment and can make a world of difference! If you follow any good drawing how-to book (here’s a fave) it should go over shading, having a soft pencil at your disposable makes it effortless to do so.

Modern Calligraphy

I can’t even tell you how many bad supplies and wrong nib types for what I wanted to accomplish. When I started exploring no one was sharing their supplies. It makes such a world of difference results wise and may even be the difference between quitting and pursuing further (we hope always that you do the latter).

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Drawing pencils

Drawing pencil set in case

Erasers

Metal pencil sharpener

Sketch pad

Travel sketch notebook

Modern Calligraphy Supplies

Modern Calligraphy Set (beginner)

Modern Calligraphy Set (intermediate)

Watercolor set with brush

Watercolor set in pans

Watercolor tube set (great gift set!)

Watercolor postcards (such small real estate, you can have so much fun tackling such a small project!)

kit shown Belle Calligraphy Kit

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.

Masterclass Learn Lessons from Mega Stars in their field

Annie Leibovitz teaches photography via besotted blog

I hope this image caught your attention, it certainly caught Michelle and mine!  Masterclass is immersive learning online by powerhouse industry leaders in their fields. Have you been wanting to learn tennis? Well, how about if Serena Williams pops into your living room for private lessons? Tennis not your gig, but you are looking for one-on-one acting lessons with an industry legend? Well, then Oscar winner Mr. Dustin Hoffman will be happy to oblige. How about that novel that is bursting to get out of your head and on to paper (an the best seller list) well, then best selling author James Patterson will lead the way. Both Michelle and I have signed up to be notified (with bated breath) for the Annie Leibovitz course, but we know a ton of you were interested in learning to sing, so Christina Aguilera is coming to Masterclass soon to teach you!

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.

12 awesome (and easy) resources to learn to sing or play guitar!

Learn to sing + play guitar via besotted blog

Another frequent skill wish that we saw was the wish to learn to sing (or be a better singer) and learn how to play guitar (I will soon be teaching myself ukulele). Michelle and I both wondered if singing was innate or if there was a way to develop it, I am pretty hopeless but our research proved it is not an impossibility!  Basically if you are not diagnosed tone deaf (often a self misdiagnosis) or are not deaf (but research says that’s changing as well) you can learn to sing!  Will you be an award winning, break champagne glass with your high note singer? Probably not, but one never knows until they try!

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This fellow has a slew of short easy to follow videos covering everything from vocal exercises to the psychology of singing.

The BBC has a huge series on ‘How to Sing’.

Here’s a series on ‘singing for beginners’ from a celebrity singing coach, some super information in these videos!

Vocalizing is supposedly a great exercise, you can listen to demo’s here.

Berklee school of music is a super well known and respected institute and they offer online vocal courses.

On-line singing class not for you? What about an in-home or studio lesson. TakeLessons might be able to pair you up with someone in your area for a fairly reasonable fee (they also can help you find a teacher to teach you instruments from piano, guitar, drums to ukulele.)

Learn some elite singing techniques that the pros use.

Learn to play guitar in 60 days by playing a video game? That’s a two’fer right there.

Justin Guitar houses over 850 free guitar lessons!

There’s no better person to take a guitar lesson from then someone that has become wildly successful in their craft, right? Learn from professional (and famous) guitarists (over 400,000 people already have!).

Artistworks has free beginner acoustic guitar lessons, I hear a Kinfolk-esque bonfire sing-a-long in your future.

Michelle said her friend learned how to play guitar with the guitar tab method,we linked to the video on how to read guitar tabs and a huge guitar tab resource.

photo by maybelle imasa-stukuls

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.