Chalk Pencil Besotted BlogI re-designed this blog with the intention of it becoming a creative resource destination, I had this grand idea that I would create a series called ‘Good to know’. My idea was that I would present information and/or products to you that would be equal parts ‘aha!’ and ‘I am so happy to know that’.  Being that I have been on this earth much longer than most of the visitors here I have aggregated quite a storehouse of info in my little brain.  Most of the time I think, ‘this is lame everyone knows about this already, don’t they?’  After being told time and time again from people that they were so excited by the tid bits I shared in my personal life, I thought what the heck?  If even one or two of you are excited than I am pleased, but secretly I am hoping that more of you are all like ‘whoa, no way’. To that I would counter–‘way’. I wasn’t planning on sharing my first ‘Good to know’ on my Lettering Love post, but it fit and I like order, you?  There’s a current chalk typography frenzy that has blown through the blogosphere like polyester on fire, I don’t know about you, but traditional chalk and myself are not compatible. I have tried and tried, I have even followed a Pinterest suggestion of taking a traditional chalk stick and using a large pencil sharpener to create a point.  I know, this sounds like genius, but it’s stupid, don’t try it, it’s messy and still looks like you wrote out your typographical masterpiece in chalk (but bad chalk). Lately, I have been teaching myself to draw (I will go more into that soon) and was buying some pencils with soft lead when I spied the white charcoal pencils or chalk pencils; yes, the angels indeed started singing and beams of bright light shown (shined?) down from the heavens above. Chalk pencils are exactly what I needed (and perhaps you too?) to create beautiful and legible chalk art.  I love that I can get extra thin strokes, yet I can still get a nice thick stroke as well.  This is brilliant folks!  The best part is that they are very inexpensive and there doesn’t seem to be a difference between brands.  I bought both The General’s Charcoal White and Giocanda’s White Chalk (you can can find them in singles as well) and felt that there wasn’t much quality differential (within the parameters I am using them for).  So, if you were planning on using chalkboard art for your next event or even home decor, I hope I saved you from pulling out all your hair or committing hari-kiri--you are welcome.  Next week I am bringing you an interview with a very admired lettering artist Meredith C. Bullock of Hazel Wonderland so stick with me, k?

P.S. The background is a faux chalkboard d.i.y. by Jenny of Hank & Hunt (a fave).

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She likes the look of chalkboards but not the mess–never the mess.


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Megan Gilger is a little more edgy than these pins would surmise, but it’s obvious she has a girly bent too, it’s just not as obvious to the average bear.  When I started going through her pins I noticed that she had a penchant for this blushy/peach color, a color that I also appreciate in small doses.  In almost all of her boards you will find this color hidden amongst other finely curated images. I like it and I hope you do too!  I am a little embarrassed to admit that I re-pin more of Meg’s pins than I think is socially acceptable, but technically Pinterest is a place where you are supposed to find inspiration and be able to file it away without incident but it is the interwebs and well, I get a little self-conscious sometimes. Not like I am going to  stop or anything, peshaw, that would be crazy talk, I just wanted you to  know that I am aware that I do it, but I am going to continue anyways, because well, people like Meg have good taste.  I didn’t know much about Meg prior to finding her Pins outstanding, but she has a great blog called The Fresh Exchange and design studio-Hitch Design Studio, both are worth checking out. I hope you like my find on this fine day and if you can’t wait until next week  you can always see who I follow here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She’s a little obsessed with Pinterest and tries to convince her husband that she is ‘working’ when she spends more time than she should on it.


hello monday besotted blog iiI know the title of this post seems suspect as it is Tuesday (or maybe even Thursday or Friday depending on the day you come upon this), but every day is Monday at Hello Monday Creative!  There are some of you who are groaning because Monday’s are about as appetizing as eating live worms, I was right there with you a year + ago, but now and to the future you Monday’s will always be awesome, you will look forward to Monday’s and it will be blissful.  How do I know this?  Because if I made it out alive and happy to see Monday’s you can too!  Hello Monday is the new creative studio/duo of Sarah Kim and Lindsay Pruitt two of my fave ladies of the blogosphere.  I have been a fan of Sarah’s for about a million years, she has impeccable taste and an equally impeccable wit. Lindsay may seem a familiar name to you that read this blog as she has been the genius/Jedi that has coded this here blog and my previous one (trust me no small feat to work with me).  She is so patient, smart and has a great eye.  After she finished my last blog I asked her if she worked on Word Press and at the time she didn’t, I loved her so much that I waited until she did (I am not known for being a patient person, she is that worth it). When I heard that Sarah & Lindsay were going to team up I knew that they were a perfect fit.  If you have wanted to take your blog or business to the next level then you need to get on their soon to be waiting list (I am sure people will be lining up around the block to work with them). I am so happy for them and their new endeavor and have no doubt it will be a huge success.  I asked them for their elevator pitch and they were happy to oblige:

Hello Monday is a graphic, branding and web design studio that just recently launched this New Year’s day. Lindsay from Lindsay Nicole Design and Sarah from Truly Smitten decided that based on how freakishly well they worked together in the past and agreeing that two creative heads are certainly better than one decided to start their design studio together. The whole concept behind Hello Monday is to brew up fresh, positive and optimistic designs for clients. Every project they work on is created with a well thought out process, pay attention to every detail, and have a discerning eye for typography and color. Ever since the launch, arriving to work on a Monday morning has never felt this enjoyable!
Congrats Lindsay & Sarah!  If you are looking to create some interweb awesomeness than contact Hello Monday today!
P.S. We’re giving away some Big Love over on Art Social, go visit!
Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She loves Monday’s and wants a bunny. She recently moved from the city to the country with her husband and two pups.

photo by monica wang


FROM BESOTTED BLOGBeing a small business owner I get to make my own hours; being me I choose to work as if I am under a malevolent dictator’s rule, there are no days off and I am basically an indentured servant.  It is one of my goals for 2013 to break away from this mentality and join the ranks of the living, but not just yet. Baby steps.  I worked all weekend as I usually do, and after work I spent a nice chunk of time practicing my lettering.  You see, I received an email from a potential wholesale client that asked if I have a ‘from’ to go with my ‘to’ stamp.  I do not.  The reason I did not offer a ‘from’ stamp previously is because this lettering is all very new to me and well, I have hated all my previous ‘from’ incarnations.  I am so new to lettering that the basic ability to link letters together thus creating words is a little over my head. Before I wrote back and said, ‘no’ I do not have a ‘from’ stamp, I decided I would spend precious hours trying to create a ‘from’ that did not make me cringe.  I am sure these will one day do just that, but for today they are far better than what I could have come up with in December of last year. For today’s Bestowal I am going to ask you (of fine taste and refined eye) to help me choose a nice ‘from’.  Just let me know in the comments below which one you prefer (or if none tickle your fancy).  I will randomly select 2 winners to receive a set of to/from stamps with some Parcel tags thrown in for good measure. I will announce the winners next Monday, 21, 2013.

For last week, gosh it was so hard to choose, I loved so many of your answers but I couldn’t stop laughing at Sarah Kate believing after her boyfriend complimented her that she was potentially ‘all that’ because people were staring at her only to find she had a craft googly eye stuck to her forehead.  Congrats Sarah Kate & a huge thank you to everyone that left a comment, don’t worry if you didn’t win this week no one reads this blog besides you and my husband so chances are really in your favor for next week, good luck!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She loves lettering, but not the letter ‘B’ as it’s too difficult, which is too bad since it’s part of her name. She recently moved from the city to the country with her husband and two pups.


MMXIII_WK2_BESOTTEDBLOGI have made it to week two of my photo project!  It was easy this week, because the world was so photogenic.  We had a strange heat front that came into town and made our little nestle of woods rife with fog + moodiness. I absolutely love it when it’s foggy, it makes every image feel dreamy and otherworldly.  This shot was taken at the beginning of my neighbors woods, a word that I only had a vague idea of what it meant prior to living here.  I remember being on the phone with my friend early into our move and telling her that we found a house right next to a ‘little forest’, and she responded, ‘you mean the woods?’.  Yes, that is what I meant, but didn’t know it when the previous descriptive plopped out of my mouth. All the formerly lush trees have lost their leaves and are just skeleton branches now, which makes for a nice winter eeriness. It was nice to have an ‘assignment’ and deadline to shoot, I work well with both and it had me motivated to shoot all week.  It’s not too late to join us on Flickr and upload your photos each week, it’s very casual, just get your photo up each week or edit a photo that you shot previously that is just sitting on your hard drive collecting virtual cobwebs. Are any of you doing a photo project?  Let me know I will come visit!