Karla Lim for Rare Bird Font Foundry

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This quote, oh, this quote makes my heart sing and has me feeling all 21 kinds of inspired, you?  We haven’t been here much because of getting all our ducks in a row (yes, we are going to go super heavy on any and all bird references from here on out) for the upcoming launch of our font foundry, but in case you aren’t on Instagram you may not have been aware that we announced another artist we have collaborated with to create a stunningly elegant font, and that is the one and only Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy! We were wowed by her lettering from the get go and to be able to turn her beautiful lettering into a font just feels so surreal. This whole project, to be honest feels a bit surreal. I honestly can not believe we are opening our very own font foundry? Can you?

I hate being one of those bloggers that apologizes for being absent from their blog, because that used to annoy the heck out of me when I saw that but I feel like not apologizing for our long absence feels kind of wrong too. Just know we are thinking of you, and we are even thinking hard on what we want this space to be for the future, how best to get you beautiful + useful information since nobody is really visiting blogs anymore, we need to figure out how this is going to work moving forward because I for one love a spot where I can share what we love and what we learned without having to go blind typing on my Iphone. So there’s that…Anyways, this is what we are up to along with our Photoshop actions and soon to launch PRESETS and oh, yeah, a photo + photo editing workshop in the near-ish future. We are busy, but never too busy for you;)

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Rare Bird Font Foundry

Rare Bird Instagram

Karla Lim | Written Word Calligraphy

Foto Rx Co. | Cure for the Common Capture

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Rare Bird Font Foundry + Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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If you are feeling like this blog is going to the Birds, you are so right!  We are once again, hot and heavy, nose to the grindstone in launch mode. It always gets quiet around here when we are getting ready to launch a project. As we mentioned last week we are launching a font foundry?! What?!  That is crazy talk! Crazy exciting!  It has been a very long and arduous process, it is so hard to articulate the excitement we are feeling (and the nerves and stress and all that other stuff that comes with launching something this big).

We just wanted to pop in today and reveal one of our first artists for Rare Bird Font Foundry. Can we tell you how difficult it has been, not to shout from the rooftops that we are working with the one and only Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls?  Maybelle is the doyenne of modern calligraphy, I had been worshiping her from afar for many years before we finally met and this, this well? It all seems so surreal.  We are all humbled and honored to have her hand in our font foundry launch line up. So, needless to say it may be quiet here again until launch, but we will be thinking of you and we hope you follow along with our little project. I have linked below to where you can sign-up to be the first to know.

P.S. We are announcing our second artist tomorrow on Insta! It’s another really, really good one!

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Rare Bird Font Foundry launch notice

Rare Bird Insta

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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Introducing Rare Bird Font Foundry!

rare bird font foundry announcement via besottedAs anyone who reads this blog may know, our love for typography runs deep. We have been featuring lettering artists for years and years now and are devoted to supporting these artists and helping them flourish. So it is with great excitement (understatement) that we announce our soon to launch font foundry! Originally, we started this project (3 years ago now!), because there was a need in the marketplace for beautiful hand-lettered fonts, Magpie Paper Works was the only one at the time really fulfilling this need.  Magpie’s foundry is still in my estimation the creme de la creme of fonts and I have never tired of Jess McCarty’s hand. We decided along with Jess to take on a most ambitious project, a project that feels like it has taken on epic proportions, we have come together to create the most authentic looking, most advanced, highest quality hand-lettered fonts in the industry and have tapped only the very best lettering artists (both the famed and up & coming) to develop their signature hands into fonts of the highest caliber available. These are not just fonts, but for a designer, your secret weapons. These fonts are head and shoulders above the rest and I do not say this lightly, we have spent untold hours in development, testing, perfecting and creating something that looks so beautifully handcrafted that you would be hard-pressed to find anything else of this quality on the market. We have come together to bring you the Rare Bird Font Foundry–luxury fonts for discerning designers.Read More

Luminous natural beauty

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Michelle and I did a photoshoot for our client PHOEBE a couple of weeks ago and ever since then I have been dying to share some of the new to me green make-up options the talented makeup artist Heidi Mark used (her work has been featured in Elle, Vanity Fair, and she has huge commercial clients like Nordstrom and Top Shop, so she knows her stuff). First, I will make the disclaimer that our model Paisha was naturally beautiful with poreless skin, but still, the makeup was equally as flawless and I do think that it would work beautifully on anyone wanting to create a natural luminous look.

One of my fave techniques Heidi did was add a gloss at just the ends of our model Paisha’s lashes to give them some length. For weeks now I have been doing the same, just adding my mascara to the tips of my lashes for length, this gives the illusion of not wearing any mascara and just having naturally long lashes. It’s perfect for everyday, especially now that the temps are rising! Heidi also applied the foundation with a silicone blender, the finish to my foundation fanatic eye was pretty flawless, but I have heard both rave reviews and bad reviews on the new silicone blenders. Heidi liked that they didn’t soak up too much foundation and that they were super easy to clean, thus more hygienic.

I have listed the make-up used with links. Do you have any favorite green products to add?  Just leave the suggestions in the comments we are always on the hunt for great beauty finds!

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Makeup artist Heidi Mark

Silicone make-up applicator (similar).

French Girl Organics Serum 

Sibelle lip in tourmaline and roseline

Sibelle luminzer for highlighter

Beauty Counter blush (in hibiscus)

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Foundation (I am totally getting samples, it has almost 300 5 star reviews, so I am pretty sold!!!)

Edited with Photoshop and Foto Rx First Aid Kit (we are giving away a copy over a Going Home to Roost this week!)

photo by michelle p.

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Font and Florals!

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Well, hello friends!  We have a winner for Bonnie Christine’s Roost Tribe membership and it is (insert drumroll)– Beth | Fatesallow!  We are so happy so many of you entered, it really is an incredible value (both Michelle and I are members). Bonnie is one of the nicest, most motivated and inspiring individuals and we know that the ‘Tribe’ is the perfect place to jump start your surface pattern design career!  Congrats!

On another note, we haven’t done an ‘Around here…’ post in a while, but we have been up to so much and are learning so much that we thought we would share some of our inspiration and findings. Tomorrow Michelle and I have our first fashion photo shoot!  This is a huge deal, we have done a ton of product photography (even created a product photography editing software), but we don’t have a lot of model work in our portfolio and we are thrilled to be able to add this to it! The client is special as we have been able to work with their branding on a whole other level.Read More