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!

What I wish I would have known when starting out


what I wish I would have known when I was starting out via besotted blog i

Bonnie at Going Home to Roost recently tagged us in her new series, ‘What I wish I would have known starting out‘. Her letter to her younger self is so filled with thoughtful advice and tenderness. When she asked us we froze, there is so much we are still learning all the time, but Michelle and I put together some of our top bits of advice and no, we don’t always listen to ourselves even now, it is a process and sometimes we just have to get back up and brush ourselves off and start over again. Hey, that’s not bad advice right there!


Allow yourself to explore, explore, explore!

Not everything you have an interest in needs to turn into commerce! Have a hobby for the sake of having a hobby, something that is your personal escape.

It’s okay to have a 9-5 job, allow yourself the freedom to explore a creative passion/outlet while you have an income, it’s much less stressful and taxing to try to start a business when their is an income flow.

If you are going to have a business partner make sure that your skills compliment each other. Ie. if you are terrible at finances your partner should have this skill set.

The minute you know you want to have a family someday (talking to you 20 year old sellf), start saving at that moment-put away $20 here, $5 there, etc. If you don’t have a family you can use all that cash to travel around the world and if you do you’ll have enough saved to hire a night nurse when you come home from the hospital to ask all those zillion of questions to and allow you to get some much needed sleep!

It’s okay to fail.And it’s okay to make the same mistake a few times before you actually learn from it. Believe me, you will eventually learn from it.

Don’t allow other people to crush your spirit. It’s okay to keep your dreams to yourself if you feel sharing them with an Eeyore will bring you down or make you doubt your ambition.

Comparison is the thief of joy. Feel free to get inspired by all the amazing creativity around, let it fuel your own, let it make your work even better. If so and so is buying a house in Bermuda and is 10 years younger than you, congratulate them and work smarter. Did you even want a house in Bermuda anyway? Focus on what you want, not what other people are getting.


You don’t have to do it alone. There are other people out there who approach life/work/creativity the same way you do AND they are interested in the same things as you-GO FIND THEM!

Just because you are a freelancer-doesn’t mean you have to do EVERYTHING yourself. Outsource, leverage the skills of others.

Pick up a camera and start shooting!

Quit tensing your shoulders and hunching over your laptop.

It’s okay to learn as you go. You don’t have to know all the answers before jumping in.

Look for collaboration opportunities to broaden your network.

Don’t let copy cats crush your spirit! Keeping moving and keep creating (you haven’t run out of ideas yet!)


If you don’t have the cash, BARTER + TRADE! You can learn new skills, make new friends/allies, acquire new to you assets.

Find a mentor/mentors either in person or individuals you just admire and would like to model your career/or yourself after. Ie. Being honest like Abe, a Bon Vivant like Maira Kalman or the baker down the street that makes the world’s most delicious pastries.

We could probably could go on for days, we are filled to the brim with advice and missteps we have taken, but we think we will stop here for now. Please visit Bonnie’s site to read what others are sharing!

Inspired by :: Lourdes Sanchez | Wet on wet technique

Lourdes Sanchez wet on wet inspiration technique via besotted blog

The thing with me is I fall in love too easy. Not with people but with skills, a certain craft, that sort of thing. I get all weak in the knees when I see a new technique and then my research begins. Some things stick others go the way of the dodo, but I have been known to indulge almost all these interests at some point in my life. As a mom it’s near impossible to do that anymore, being that I am, still 2.5 years later, just really, really tired all the time. Lately though, I have been experimenting with watercolor in 10 minute increments, the clean-up isn’t too bad and most of the supplies are very portable. I will go more indepth into supplies, etc. in another post, but today I wanted to give you a little eye candy and some resources I found to inspire you even more so maybe you could try your hand at this technique.

Artist Lourdes Sanchez is just wildly talented, she is known for her large scale watercolors. I recently have fallen in love (again) with Ms. Sanchez’s ethereal abstract botanicals. With a little research I discovered that she utilizes a wet on wet watercolor technique to achieve the ghostly effects. Wet on wet is when you add your watercolor to a wet surface, it can be just water on your paper or another watercolor, the results as with most watercolor are unpredictable in the best way possible. The thing I am learning most about watercolor is that there is no such thing as control (sort of like life). For an individual like me that really likes to feel like I have a semblance of control, it is definitely a challenge to just let go (and perhaps a good exercise). We have linked to some resources below for you to explore Sanchez’s work further and delve more into the wet-on-wet technique. I’ll try to post some of my results when I get my watercolor paper order in, we hope to see yours too! Tag your images #inspoRx



Lourdes Sanchez

Lourdes Sanchez Interview


Just add watercolor


Note, I like to keep an open mind when watching an artist technique tutorial. It may not be my exact vision, but I almost always learn something new!

Loose watercolor poppies

Loose roses, wet-on wet

Wet-on-wet technique for beginners


Good basic starter watercolor set here and here

Some great tube colors

I love a large round brush No. 14 is a nice size (but bigger can be even more fun)

Coldpress watercolor (for wet on wet you’ll want a paper that won’t easily warp)

Easy to use skin care for men

easy skin care for men via besotted blog

A few months ago, my husband and I happened upon the aesthetically beautiful Aesop store here in Seattle and I promptly dragged him inside so I could drool  over the packaging. The next thing I knew, he was having his hand washed, toned, and moisturized three different ways. Five minutes later, we were plunking down a card at the cash register in exchange for a bottle of the B & Tea Balancing Toner and the Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion which were presented to us in a handsome cotton bag. (Side note: 2 weeks later, a girlfriend visited this Aesop shop and couldn’t get the time of day from the salesperson – even as she was purchasing product – so if you go in and want to test out product and ask questions via the special hand treatment session, be persistent!)

My assumption was that he’d use the products for a few days, maybe a week, before letting them retire to the bathroom cabinet, but….miracle of miracles! – he just went online and re-ordered the moisturizer for himself! It’s the first time he’s ever: a) used up a whole tube of moisturizer b) ordered any sort of skin care item for himself at all.

He likes that it’s light and absorbs quickly, there’s no shiny oil slick left behind, and he can forget about it once it’s on. I like the warm woodsy fragrance that’s not overpowering, and somehow doesn’t set off his allergies. He didn’t use much of the toner, I think 2 steps is asking too much for his “routine”, but believe me when I tell you, this is a ringing endorsement for the moisturizer!

B & Tea Balancing Toner

Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion

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.


The Making of a Jess Brown Doll Part I

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My toddler daughter and I are currently having a major love affair with the Nina Gruener & Stephanie Rauseer books Lulu & Pip and Kiki & Coco in Paris. They are simple stories that are easy for young ones to memorize, the photos are visual treats and the ‘co-star’ the Jess Brown doll is now a hugely wanted commodity in our abode. I did a little research and the designer Jess Brown wrote a book and describes her process and there’s even a template to re-create a version of her doll!Read More