PINTEREST LETTERING CURATORS

LETTERING CURATORS BESOTTED BLOGI have only done one other collective curator post and I do believe I wrote that I would never do it again; so interesting how never came so soon.  I have a long list of curators I want to get to, many your suggestions which I love to take on and of course to be introduced to.  I think I am just giddy with the way this week is progressing, all your wonderful comments on Molly’s new book (have you entered to win, yet?), knowing I have her interview to share with you tomorrow (she’s totally as amazing as you might think) and I am in the throes of an international rush lettering project that I agreed to because I am madly in love with the photographer, she’s just so talented that I knew I would be bemoaning the lost opportunity forever if I didn’t at least try to go for it. So, what I am saying is I have lettering on the brain and decided to introduce you to a few Pinterest curators that have collected some pretty inspiring lettering works.  I do hope you visit them!

top row: left:anika lacerte / center: lotte-marijn millar /right: project party studio

bottom row: left: elsje designs / center: javier munoz arjona / right: lindsey hansen

P.S. And I may or may not be planning a future Seattle calligraphy workshop with one of my fave people and calligraphers in October. Perhaps you may know of someone that may want to attend?  We are going to try to keep it intimate so each student gets the attention they deserve!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. 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 CALLIGRAPHY BY MOLLY SUBER THORPE REVIEW

modern calligraphy by molly suber thorpe via besotted blog

modern caligraphy by molly suber thorpeNow this is exciting!  I haven’t done a “bestowal” in ages and I am so pleased to launch my first one since arriving on terra firma a.k.a the West Coast and it is such a good one too!  It seems to me that the majority of you that visit here are either interested in lettering, either just because you have an  appreciation for the medium or have a deep desire to try your hand at it (how could you not?  You with the refined eye and exquisite taste?) When I found out that the indomitable Molly Suber Thorpe of Plurabelle Calligraphy fame was going to launch a book entitled Modern Calligraphy I knew that I would be willing to beg, cheat, steal to get my hands on an early copy, once that happened, I had to again beg, cheat, steal so I could get my hands on another copy for you!

Molly’s book will not disappoint if you are a lettering enthusiast and have questions that you feel still need answering (for the modern calligrapher there is a huge need for a resource like this) then you will want to add Modern Calligraphy to your lettering arsenal. At nearly 200 pages she has covered everything from getting started, utilizing different mediums (such as watercolor) to create stunning effects, to an extensive DIY section. Molly also divulges many of her resources (that alone should be well worth the price invested).  My absolute most favorite part of her book are the specimen pages, she could have just published these and made a small fortune.  As a novice to modern calligraphy I am always on the hunt for specimens to reference so I can build on them and hopefully one day create my own distinct style(s). Molly generously has created 14 pages of gorgeous specimens, multiple variations on each letter and in turn unlimited inspiration to try this yourself.  I am thrilled that this book exists and it will be my go-to referral for anyone that contacts me and asks, ‘help!, where do I start?’  You start with Modern Calligraphy that’s where!  The book is set to launch September 24th, which if you are like me seems like forever, I promise it will go by in a flash. I have already pre-ordered multiple copies as gifts and so should you!  If you feel like lady luck may be on your side I am giving away one early copy, to one very lucky individual.  I have been hemming and hawing, chewing my thumb trying to figure out both a good question for you to answer to enter and how to help Miss Molly out; I want her book to get tons of exposure (as it should). What an incredible accomplishment it is to have a book published and one that is so well done deserves to be lavished in kudos and collected by many. Technically, I can not ask you to Pin this, tweet it or anything of the like, but if you find a creative way to get the word out that Modern Calligraphy is coming, do feel free to come back and let us know what you did!

Without further ado, to enter to win please answer the following question in the comments below, I will choose my favorite answer this weekend and contact one individual (a.k.a. the winner) by Monday, August 26, 2013. Good luck!

Why do you need this book before launch date? Please let me know in detail why YOU should have it? 

Bonus question: What is your favorite word to write out and why? 

P.S. mark your calendars, Molly has agreed to an interview and it will be up this Thursday!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. 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.

NIB IDENTIFICATION CHART

NIB ID CHART II am not sure if this tip will give you a little too much of a glimpse into my neurosis or have you going “aha!”  When I showed you my last post on how I have been able to identify my nibs a lot of you were excited about the prospect.  The labels on the nib holders have been very helpful for me, but my lettering system needed a little more help.  Since I am new to lettering/calligraphy I have collected many nibs to try, some I adore, others I can’t get to work to save my life. I have found that I can’t always remember what nib produces what results on the fly; meaning I can’t look at my nibs + holders and think ‘Ah, I need this one for, this type of lettering’. Some nibs produce similar results and I often find myself practicing with them and coming back to my samples having no clue what nib I used.  I am working on a little project now for a mock wedding dinner shoot and I know I want to use a fine nib and I do have samples that I like in my calligraphy cache, but since I don’t know what nib I used previously I have been going through my collection and just driving myself into madness!  I saw on this blog, how the teacher (so smartly) had her students tape nibs to cardstock and above it added stroke samples that the corresponding nib could create.  I currently don’t have enough nibs to tape and I personally need more than just a stroke to jog my memory.

NIB ID CHART IIMy solution has been to take similar nib types and write out the same or similar words on a sample chart I created. I have found that my writing changes with each new pen or nib I use, I don’t know why this is. In traditional calligraphy this wouldn’t fly, but for hand lettering/modern calligraphy I think it’s a great reference to know how a nib responded. I made a little chart for you to download if you so choose, or you can riff on mine.  I have found this to be so helpful for me, especially after long stretches of time when I can’t get practice in to be able to come back and know which nibs to work with is so much less stressful. My chart has spaces for you to write in the name of the nib (I used this one and this one for the photos), the type of paper (this is a current fave), the ink I used (I am a fan of Sumi inks and have been using this brand lately) and the guidelines I used (I like this one). These are the variables I feel that make a difference in my lettering outcome. If thinking of making this chart feels too overwhelming, (which of course is never my intention), maybe use the idea to spark a better one for your own lettering practice.

NIB ID CHART IIIaOh, and what does this happen to do with a baby-centric themed week you may ask? I have been trying to find a name for my girl as mentioned and of course I am going to need to know what it looks like written out, right?

P.S.  I found a great little resource post for you created by the talented Stephanie Fishwick. If you are in the Charlottesville, Virginia area she will be teaching a workshop soon and from her portfolio it looks like she will be a teacher well worth taking a class from!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. 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 BY CHRISTINE WISENIESKI

lettering christine wisnieski besotted iia

lettering christine wisnieski besotted i

I am getting really excited as I have a laundry load of upcoming lettering artist interviews lined up and I think you will love all of them!  In the interim I spotted this charming design, the lettering was done by brush by designer Christine Wisnieski.  I love how effortless brush lettering looks and I have tried on many occasions without success to try to re-create.  I am sure there is a trick that I just don’t know about (yet), but I will find out and you better believe the minute I do I will share my finds with you! I found this tutorial (please note the quality in the beginning is suspect), I haven’t tried the Pentel Brush Fountain Pen (which is what I believe she may be using) but you can find them at most art stores and John Neal Bookseller carries them as well. Illustrator Ryan Hamrick has this video using a Pentel color brush which looks a lot neater than paint + brush! This video explains how to use the Pentel brush, which can be a little tricky. I also sourced some fonts that will give a similar look, not a perfect match but something you can play with until you (like me) get better at the brush lettering (or iF you have no desire to break out the brushes). Here are some of the brush lettering type fonts to consider: Tip put the word you want in the ‘sample text’ below each font and you can you see a live preview of the word you want to try your new font in, in this case I wrote out ‘caramel corn’–Bello, Milk Cursive, Enamel Brush, Roadstar, Filmtype Keynote, HT Trattoria, and Confetti. Here’s a good free one!

If you have any experience with brush lettering and feel like divulging any tips and tricks please leave your valuable info in the comments along with links to your work and I can guarantee that we will be forever grateful!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband 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.

KAILEY THE BOLD BY MOLLY JACQUES ERICKSON

kailey the bold molly jacques

Just popping in to mention that the amazing Molly Jacques Erickson has recently launched some sister fonts to her beautiful Kailey introduction. She just launched Kailey the Bold, Kailey the Brave (a distressed version), and Kailey the Beautiful. The are also very affordable (thank you for that Molly!). I love that this font series feels so much like her actual hand. For all the lettering enthusiasts out there I think it would be a great font to have to practice your own lettering, it’s always great to see how letters are linked (at least for me) and what fun it could be to try to create your own version someday, right?

Have a great weekend!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband 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.

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