Beginner Lettering Supplies

When we updated our blog we inadvertently lost a lot of our functionality, this lettering supplies page went POOF and so many other things, we lost count. We are happy to say this page will now be available under our resource tabs under-lettering supplies!  Just click on a photo and be taken to where you can add it to your lettering arsenal! We wanted to keep this supply list bare bones, but we do plan to do another page with items we love and use for lettering that are just plain awesome to have.  Let us know if you have any questions!

Vectorize your lettering in one click and more lettering resources

Vectorize your lettering in seconds via besotted blog

//VECTORIZE YOUR LETTTERING//

Some of you may have heard the term to ‘vectorize’ your lettering or artwork and were either not sure what that meant or are familiar with the term but don’t have access to a  program like Adobe Illustrator to do so. The why to vectorize may be an easier way of explanation–vectorizing allows you to scale your images very large (say for signange) without your image losing quality and becoming the dreaded pixealated.  Also, if you wanted to do professional printing with your lettering or artwork, a printer may ask for vector artwork (many letterpress printers need to make printing plates from vector artwork) , which may send fear in your heart but fret not friends! We found a FREE desktop app you can download, upload your artwork, hit play and viola! You will have a vector file! It’s by no means perfect, but people are raving about the ease of use and the price (free!), even people that are familiar with Illustrator have been using it because they believe it trumps Illustrator’s Live/Image trace. We’ll let you be the judge of that! Download here.

P.S. If you want to try Adobe Illustrator without the huge investment there is a monthly subscription available here.

P.P.S. You’ll still need to clean up your lettering before vectorizing may we suggest these?

//IMPROVE YOUR PENMANSHIP//

All this discussion about lettering and all you want to do is improve your penmanship?  Emily of Jones Design Co. has created a course just for you!  I was super excited when I found out about this online course, I really would love to take it. It is an investment at $80, but the joy of being able to love your personal hand to create handwritten letters and other mementos of your life is priceless. Penmanship Simplified.

//CREATE YOUR OWN GUIDELINE TEMPLATES//

Fozzy Book, the calligrapher with the quirky name but the seriously good resources has a most excellent download to create your very own hard copy guideline stencil so you can turn any notebook into one where you can practice your calligraphy with a proper slant. Download the template here.

We hope you enjoy these resources!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

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.

Modern Calligrapher Interview | Karla Lim

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote by Karla Lim

If you spend any time on social media following some of the top lettering artists then we are sure that artist Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy feed is already on your radar. Lim’s beautifully, graceful dancing hand and perfectly styled images are a visual feast and now with the launch of new product offerings (wax seals!) there is even more to look forward to!  We were so honored when she wrote us and said, “Like many calligraphers out there, a lot of us started because of your blog! I learned so much about what pens to use and what nibs to get.”  When we started the idea of promoting lettering (once we heard handwriting would no longer be taught at school’s) we had no idea what an impact we would make and to read something like that and to see all the plethora of talent now lettering with such enthusiasm and style makes our hearts soar. We are thrilled that Karla has agreed to be interviewed for our series! Please find part I below:Read More

A fairytale font

A storybook font via besotted blog

Since Michelle and I are in the trenches of National Novel Writing Month, we figured that today’s font and giveaway would be most apropos. Debi Sementelli of Correspondence Ink has created another rich font family to add to your collection. Fairytale inspired, with 1160 glyphs to play with this 15 font family will keep you busy creating wonderful world’s of text. We think that it would be perfect for DIY bookplates, the holidays are upon us after all. Debi always gracious and generous has offered the Fratello Nick font at 50% off  (limited time only) and an additional 10% off for you-use code besotted at checkout, but for those feeling lucky, we are doing a giveaway of the font family this week!  To enter to win answer the following question by Monday 11.9.15:

What was your favorite childhood book?

We will randomly choose a winner and announce on 11.10.15.  Please make sure you have a valid email address that we can contact you at. We will only send one email, if you don’t respond within a few days we will grant an alternate reader the prize. Thank you + good luck!

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.