Ladies Hand Calligraphy Font

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I was super excited when I saw Eduardo Recife had introduced a new font, he is one of my favorite graphic designers, I have watched his career bloom from just a few free (but very awesome) fonts to a whole collection of premium font offerings. He has a very distinct aesthetic and has a unique ability to utilize ephemera in his collages without them ever looking dated. Eduardo has always been very generous with creating and offering free tools, like these amazing grunge Photoshop brushes. I love an artist that shares (sharing is caring) and if you like his fonts too, it would be wonderful to support this talented fellow. You can get his new fonts Mercy & King Bloser here, both are elegant and would work well in anything from wedding to web.

P.S. I used the new Color Mute Photoshop action for the next Foto Rx set (launching March 1st!) on the graphic above, I love it. I always tone the colors down on my graphics and images for this site, because I prefer a more subtle palette, it usually would take me more time than I have, so one click and having it done makes me a very happy girl!

Beautiful new calligraphy font!

calligraphy font via besotted blog

A little bird (aka Miss Michelle) sent me a note this morning that this gorgeous font was on sale! Who am I to resist a beauty such as this? Another amazing offering from Sudtipos!

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls on-line modern calligraphy workshop

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It is with great fanfare, excitement & delight that we announce that the incredible Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, the doyenne of modern calligraphy herself will finally be teaching an online calligraphy workshop!  Queue the angels singing, I am so excited that I am about to pop out of my desk chair (very hard to do in my current injured state). I make it no secret that I adore Maybelle, she is talented, kind, generous and exactly how you’d imagine her to be–wonderful. We met when Maybelle consulted* with me when she came out of ‘retirement’ three years after having her twins (trust me it will probably take me twice as long to get back to ‘normal). I have watched Maybelle soar and my heart explodes with joy whenever I get to witness her hit another pinnacle of success, she has earned it. Maybelle teamed up with San Francisco based online workshop purveyors Creative Bug to film a month long series of her consistently sold out workshop. I have never been able to attend one of Maybelle’s live workshops so the opportunity to take her course at my own pace, whenever time permits is ideal. Maybelle has also put together some (insert whistle) fine calligraphy kits for you so you don’t have to scour the interwebs or city to get your supplies to get started. She created three options the luxe (of course I am going to have to have this one!), mid-level (but still luxe to me!) and dabbler/beginner kit (for those who aren’t sure if they will love lettering, you will so just get the luxe!)

For those unfamiliar with Creative Bug it is an online resource for creative craft classes taught by many familiar and popular artists (I just took the Lisa Congdon series). It is subscription based, but it is one click cancellation if you feel like it isn’t for you or you have powered through all their classes in a month (a pretty hefty feat to accomplish). Maybelle’s workshop launches today and will continue for the month, I am anxious to get started, if you take it let me know what you think!  You can sign-up here!

P.S. Creative Bug has a promo that you can sign-up for 14 days free and cancel anytime, so you could technically watch half the workshop for nada! Now you have nothing to lose!

*For those that have no idea what I do in my ‘real’ life, (I have mentioned it in passing), I build brands, specifically I work with luxury brands to maintain continuity, advise on brand development + new product offerings and of course packaging.  I have been doing this for longer than most of you reading have been on earth. I am pretty darn good at it now.

photo by elizabeth messina

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.


brush lettering font via besotted

I must own as many fonts as I own BB & CC Creams, I have quite the collection!  Even though I am deep into my 365 lettering project (I actually made it through an entire month!), I can still get giddy over a new font offering especially if it has a realistic hand lettered look to it! I loved the one above and saw it was on sale for 50% off! Which is perfect because there are so many new fonts that I think are worth taking a look at right now to add to your collection.

Michelle and I liked the new Sudtipos offering  Distillery, it’s a nice monoline casual script, good for display. I also noticed there was some new really well priced modern calligraphy scripts that might be a good alternative to some of the more expensive similar versions. Salt & Spices has the same easy going vibe of Jacques & Gilles.  If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated don’t forget about Feast, I just LOVE it and I think it would be great if you wanted to be able to get inspired for your own lettering projects. Speaking of sophisticated, Copperlove is stunning, perfect for a wedding project and really nicely priced for what a beauty it is!

If you ever end up using any of the fonts we suggest in a project let us know, we would love to take a peek!

P.S. It’s not too late to jump on board and start your own 365 lettering project with me, we’d love to have more people on board (makes me accountable!) Lisa Mavian of Post Calligraphy has been joining in and it’s so inspiring to see her beautiful, flowy hand each day. Sabine Pick (a reader fave) is on board as well, both are worth a look + follow!


mlk dahl quote i On this MLK day I thought I would letter a favorite quote by a favorite author that felt apropos. If you are having trouble reading my hand, here is the quote:

‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world’.

I do believe it’s from Matilda by Roald Dahl but nonetheless it is attributed to the master wordsmith himself. I don’t think my lettering is good enough yet to be lettering full quotes, but I felt inspired to give this a go. I find it hard to find a consistent hand, I can do one word but multiple words are a bit challenging for me. I know there are a plethora of beginning modern calligraphy workshops out there right now and the market may seem saturated for those putting them on, but if there are a few savvy calligraphers reading this here blog, the only logical step now is to start offering the next level of classes. I know I would be interested in that next step, forming sentences and what not, you?  Hopefully we will start to see more advanced calligraphy workshops becoming available in the near future. In the interim I will continue lettering my one word a day on Instagram, #365lettering, if you care to join me please do! The more the merrier!

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