Rare Bird Font Foundry + Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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If you are feeling like this blog is going to the Birds, you are so right!  We are once again, hot and heavy, nose to the grindstone in launch mode. It always gets quiet around here when we are getting ready to launch a project. As we mentioned last week we are launching a font foundry?! What?!  That is crazy talk! Crazy exciting!  It has been a very long and arduous process, it is so hard to articulate the excitement we are feeling (and the nerves and stress and all that other stuff that comes with launching something this big).

We just wanted to pop in today and reveal one of our first artists for Rare Bird Font Foundry. Can we tell you how difficult it has been, not to shout from the rooftops that we are working with the one and only Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls?  Maybelle is the doyenne of modern calligraphy, I had been worshiping her from afar for many years before we finally met and this, this well? It all seems so surreal.  We are all humbled and honored to have her hand in our font foundry launch line up. So, needless to say it may be quiet here again until launch, but we will be thinking of you and we hope you follow along with our little project. I have linked below to where you can sign-up to be the first to know.

P.S. We are announcing our second artist tomorrow on Insta! It’s another really, really good one!

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Rare Bird Font Foundry launch notice

Rare Bird Insta

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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Introducing Rare Bird Font Foundry!

rare bird font foundry announcement via besottedAs anyone who reads this blog may know, our love for typography runs deep. We have been featuring lettering artists for years and years now and are devoted to supporting these artists and helping them flourish. So it is with great excitement (understatement) that we announce our soon to launch font foundry! Originally, we started this project (3 years ago now!), because there was a need in the marketplace for beautiful hand-lettered fonts, Magpie Paper Works was the only one at the time really fulfilling this need.  Magpie’s foundry is still in my estimation the creme de la creme of fonts and I have never tired of Jess McCarty’s hand. We decided along with Jess to take on a most ambitious project, a project that feels like it has taken on epic proportions, we have come together to create the most authentic looking, most advanced, highest quality hand-lettered fonts in the industry and have tapped only the very best lettering artists (both the famed and up & coming) to develop their signature hands into fonts of the highest caliber available. These are not just fonts, but for a designer, your secret weapons. These fonts are head and shoulders above the rest and I do not say this lightly, we have spent untold hours in development, testing, perfecting and creating something that looks so beautifully handcrafted that you would be hard-pressed to find anything else of this quality on the market. We have come together to bring you the Rare Bird Font Foundry–luxury fonts for discerning designers.Read More

Easy Watercolor effect + patterns in Photoshop!

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2017 has already started with a huge bang for us, I can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that tomorrow will be March?! How did that happen? My mind is officially boggled, our to-do list for just one of our projects (focused project mind you) has several pages attached to it, so I will try to make this post short and sweet!  We are doing a giveaway with our friends at Calligrafile, an incredible resource for any lettering artist budding to pro and all the info is FREE!

Today Calligrafile will be giving away TWO of our classes The Watercolor Effect in Photoshop and Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop and a set of our popular watercolor effects to THREE lucky winners. Michelle created this charming graphic using all the skills we teach you and added the watercolor effect from our set. It took her oh, approximately 3 minutes, seriously. Once you learn how to do these skills (our classes are super quick + comprehensive, no prior Photoshop knowledge necessary). Visit Calligrafile for details and also to take in all the lettering goodness there! Good luck!

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Easy Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

Watercolor Effect Set

Hand lettered font used in graphic

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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Clean, modern fonts

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We came across Jen Wagner Co. fonts the other day and knew we needed to share.  It’s always nice to have some good clean sans and serifs to pair with handlettering or to use in posts where you need/want legibility. Jen’s brush fonts also have a nice effortless chic to them. The only problem now will be deciding which ones to add to your collection because we pretty much want them all! Lucky for you and me she has priced them so you can buy them all!

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Jen Wagner Co.

Brooklyn font

Paris font

Denver font

Montauk font

P.S. This little ninja made us smile and we hope it does for you too!

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.

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Graphic design freebies and finds

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Yesterday was Monday which means the new freebies are released from Creative Market, it’s something I always look forward to because sometimes you get some real winners and that never seems to happen with freebies!  Creative Market if you are unaware is a community of creatives that have come together to sell their wares to make your design life a bit easier.  You can find great talent- font designers, stock photography, design elements and so much more!  Yesterday the above stock photo was released, it came as set, completely free (you just need to have a free Creative Market account to download) by Her Creative Studio, which has some nice + simple stock photography. If you have been wanting some holiday inspired images for your blog, mailing list promo etc. you can download free for a week after that you have to buy it. Below are some more freebies and some new font finds (sorry they aren’t free BUT there is a font freebie here and here).Read More