Modern Calligraphy Font

modern calligraphy font via besotted blog

We usually don’t post on a weekend but when I saw that Magpie Paper Works launched their new modern calligraphy font, I had to make an exception!  I had the pleasure of beta testing this font, I do believe it was years now, yes, that’s how long it can take for the ever meticulous Jess to create her beautiful font families. This has long been my most favorite of hers, it feels very effortless and reminds me of Betsy Dunlap’s gorgeous hand, but of course it’s a complete original, I am just crazy about it.  I have used this many times in my designs and I have never been disappointed and like I mentioned it has been years in the making and I have not tired of it. I am so proud of her and so excited to be able to introduce this font to you finally! If you add it to your collection we would love to see how you use it! You can get it here.

P.S. I used the bonus ‘matte’ action in our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit to get the matte effect on the 2nd photo (the first one had it already). I know it’s a trend right now but I am really loving the way it looks, made me think that maybe a ‘mini matte action’ set might be in order?

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

Inspiration Rx | Defining your visual vocabulary

elizabeth messina wallflower via besotted blog

Today’s Inspiration Rx is a little different, as I think inspiration should not be stagnate it should evolve and grow, I wanted to try to delve a little deeper, are you with me?  We usually pair an artist with 3 words that describe their work, Elizabeth Messina who I admire immensely has a very distinct body of work, some of the words I would use to describe it would be luminous, sensual, romantic. This post originally came up when she mentioned her sister’s love of words we were going to try to pair some of her sister’s fave words with Elizabeth’s images, but we were having a difficult time matching images with them because Elizabeth’s visual vocabulary is so very distinct and really does not stray. [Read more…]

FULL COVERAGE BB CREAM!

Jane Iredale full coverage bb cream review via besotted blog

I am a huge BB/CC cream fan, I have reviewed many of them from drugstore to the more spendy and everything in between here.  I am always on the look out for something new and this my friends is a really exciting product! Okay, so let’s get a couple things out of the way. One- it’s a fortune for a BB cream and two- it’s not hideous packaging but that logo is not getting photographed on my vanity anytime soon. Now we can get on with the good stuff now! This product is amazing for anyone that loves the idea of a BB/CC cream but needs more coverage, but doesn’t want to look like they are wearing cakey make-up, because of course the beauty of BB creams are they feel and wear like tinted moisturizer. This has build-able coverage and I didn’t need additional concealer (the less products the better/easier for this mama).  I love that it’s a natural, good for your skin product (Jane Iredale is often sold via plastic surgeon and dermatologist offices to use after procedures because it’s chemical free).  There wasn’t any noticeable scent that I could detect, very neutral. The consistency comes out thicker than most BB creams (similar to the ‘It Cosmetics’ that I reviewed) but if you warm it on the back of your hand and apply it, it blends very nicely. One beauty blogger said that she liked it because it gave her face ‘a nice clean canvas’ to work on, I agree, you can get an even complexion quickly with this BB cream. I have really loved using it and have been wearing it for a couple of weeks, besides the price the only other con for me is that there’s not a lot of shades to choose from and I may be leaning towards an in-between shade that doesn’t exist, it’s just way too expensive to try to blend two shades together and who has that kind of time? But if you can get a color match this product would be nirvana for anyone that wants to jump on the BB cream bandwagon but feels they need more coverage than most give. Yes, it will cover hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries and blemishes, I would liken it to a concealer + BB cream in one (and yes, there’s an SPF too). You can read more about it here.

If you want to see some of my other BB/CC cream reviews visit here, here and here How about you, have you tried this product or have any recommendations?  I am always on the look out!

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

INSPIRATION RX | TIM WALKER

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Story. Fanciful. Dreamland.

With our largely neutral palettes and clean styling around here, you may not guess that we are both huge Tim Walker fans. Oh the tales he tells within a single still image! There is so much to learn from this consummate daydreamer who brings his own brand of fantastical fairy tales to life. Even his simpler, stripped-down portraits convey a rich underlying story, and showcase the nimble imagination behind the imagery.

If you are as enamored with Tim Walker as we are, you may be interested in having his book Story Teller on your coffee table for inspiration emergencies. There is also an excellent video interview by the fashion brand Mulberry, conducted by Penny Martin (editor-in-chief of a little publication called The Gentlewoman) that is broken down into an easily digestible Parts i, ii, and iii.

You may notice Tim Walker often has his models staged on incredible, other-worldly sets. He frequently collaborates with the brilliant set designer Rhea Thierstein. Check out Freunde von Freunden for an interview and tour of her studio!

Are you feeling inspired this week? Don’t forget to use #inspirationrx so we can take a peek!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Photoshop for lettering artists

awesome hand lettered photshop brush via besotted blog

We thought we might let you know why there has been a bit of a lull here on Besotted, I hate excuses for not showing up to ones blog but I am a sucker for a ‘behind the scenes’ so here goes…We have been working like mad scientists on our next Photoshop action set for Foto Rx, this one is for helping out our fellow lettering artists (and it works super on line art too!)  What used to take me 28 steps (I counted), now takes one click!  It’s an incredible time saver, there’s a quick clean, a non-destructive eraser and even an action for turning your lettering into a Photoshop brush (that’s the ‘awesome’ brush we used on the photo). It’s going to streamline many a lettering artist workflow, allowing them to get back to what they love–lettering. It will be a quick and easy way to get your base ready for vectorization or even to have a finished product to show off for web! We are extremely excited about this launch, because as you may know from visits I have a serious affinity/addiction to hand-lettering and to be able to share this product with you makes me want to implode. So when’s the launch?  We have a May Day (that’s May 1st), launch date on the books, we are working frantically to get there, have the actions beta tested by professionals and novices alike and get you the best tool possible. In the interim we may be a little spotty with posts as we finesse this next launch and get ready for our other top secret projects (yes, it’s a bit thrilling in these parts and I am terrible at keeping secrets!) We made the ‘awesome’ Photoshop brush available for download, go ahead use it to your hearts content, you can download it here. If you want to be one of the first ones to be notified of the Lettering Photoshop action set launch (and get even more freebies) than you can sign-up here.

P.S. In case it wasn’t obvious, that awful green tinged photo of my lettering on the left was how it looked when I shot it with my Iphone, it would have taken forever to get rid of the color, shadows, splits and splats, but not anymore….

Author / Miss Tristan B

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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