Free flourish brush download

flourish brushes download via besotted blog

This has been such a roller coaster week for me, I went from having many private pity parties, to utter elation, to feelings of uh-oh how are we going to conquer the next task we have in front of us? Lot’s of self doubt mixed in with a lot of ‘we got this’ and back again. Michelle thinks that lack of sleep would make anyone feel off, rational me says, ‘by Jove, that’s it!’   Irrational me, well, you don’t want to hear from irrational me, just reference the ol’ pity party above. So, yes, it’s been quite the spectrum of emotions this week. I am anxious to delve deeper with you and share our experience with launching a product, marketing on-line authentically and what has worked and what hasn’t. I came to blogging as a way to share my distress with an evil boss (interestingly enough we are actually on very good terms now), but I know the struggle of wanting to do something you love for a living. I believe it’s absolutely possible but it may not look like you originally envisioned, the road to that dream may be a bit bumpy, have an abundance of detours and perhaps you may even get derailed. I have this bit of wisdom for you, something I have been re-reading again and again, from the indefatigable Thomas A. Edison:

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

I am completely and utterly grateful for the support of our new company and its launches, it has blown me away. The best part of this adventure is actually accomplishing what we set out to do, we wanted to make something that helped people, helped them make more money doing what they love and to see that it’s working? Freakin’ fabulous! So why the pity parties?  I think it’s easy to reflect on what hasn’t worked in the past and feel like you have wasted time/failed, but maybe I should just focus on what Mr. Edison said….

Michelle photographed this delicious treat we obviously can’t share with you, but we can share the flourishes I made using our brand, spanking new Vitamin L25 | Paper to Pixel Photoshop actions, booya! Go ahead download them here and use them however your heart desires!

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.

Hand-lettered script font free!

hand lettered script font via besotted blog

Yesterday Carmen left a comment about a couple of fonts we all might be interested, the one shown above which is free (but only for this week!) and one I think we have mentioned before a sweet, script that is currently at a deep discount.  I’ll be honest I don’t download a lot of free fonts, I feel like it slows down my computer and a font that’s not created for professional output can be very frustrating to use, but for personal projects why the heck not? I really like what typography enthusiast Kaffer is doing, I think you might like it too, visit his blog-Fox & Firefly for some nice looking fonts he has created, the graphics alone would serve as good specimens to reference when you are doing your lettering practice, I am always on the look out for good specimens!

Here are some other fonts that may be of interest to you that are not free but definitely budget friendly. They all have a hand-lettered feel to them. If you are trying your hand at lettering, as mentioned above it’s always nice to have a specimen to reference, type out words with the fonts you admire so you can see how they connect, the spacing and try different sizes print out and then practice away! This little tip has helped me immensely when I am doing my own lettering practice. Here are some fonts that I think you may like:

Hand-painted font (it has nice gradiations in it for an authentic feel)

Loving the cross bars on her lowercase ‘t’s’ on this one!

A femme hipster serif

A mono-weight very hipster-esque script

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.

Calligrapher Interview | Erica McPhee

Rules for modern calligraphy by Erica Mcphee via besotted blog

I found Erica Mcphee and her Paperwhite Studio what seems like years ago now, she really was one of the only ones at the time discussing modern calligraphy and sharing information when it was near impossible to get any information on the subject. Erica since then has become a force to be reckoned with within the lettering community with her Flourish forum and Dasherie magazine.  I knew this interview was going to be a good one and if you are a lettering enthusiast this should be bookmarked stat for reference! I hope you thoroughly enjoy!

Where are you located?

I am located in southwest Florida between Sarasota and Sanibel Island.

How did you get started in lettering? 

I started learning calligraphy in grade school after my mother gave me a calligraphy kit for Christmas. I instantly fell in love with it and by 6th grade had commissions for things like Daisy Girl programs, framed poems, etc. I was always the little entrepreneur! I practiced broad pen such as Italic, Blackletter, and Uncial through high school and college just for my own enjoyment. The only other person I encountered that did calligraphy was a high school graphic design teacher. It wasn’t until many years later I saw Spencerian calligraphy in a magazine and knew I had to learn how to do it for my own wedding invitations. In my mid-twenties, I found a local guild and finally met other people who loved calligraphy and lettering as much as I do and I began studying at workshops.

What are some of your favorite supplies?

I love walnut ink. I use it almost exclusively when doing work for reproduction (lettering that will be scanned into Photoshop). I love the variations in tone it provides and the delicate hairlines. I’m also a big fan of Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White. Brushes are hit or miss for me so I don’t have a favorite. I also love cola pens. I used to be a huge fan of the Hiro 41 nib because I liked the rounded square-ish tops the tines naturally made. However, that nib has been so finicky for the past two years I no longer recommend it. The Nikko G is my go to nib – it is always reliable, wears in nicely, and hardly ever skips or splats. Nibs have come a long way in the past 20 years and even though I enjoy using vintage nibs and love the variety of lines you can achieve with different ones, I find the new nibs reduce the frustration factor significantly. My absolute favorite practice paper is HP Premium Choice Laser. I buy it by the case and can easily go through a half ream or more when working on a single project! [Read more…]

One click lettering clean-up in Photoshop

Vitamin L25 cover
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After a week of stress dreams on my part, (I’ve been dreaming that my teethe were falling out), and talking in her sleep on Michelle’s part our day has finally arrived!  My daughter woke at 4:30 a.m., my husband got her ready for an early morning stroll (and strong coffee), I put on a huge guilty pleasure on Pandora-The Hall & Oates station, and got down to bid’ness working on the finishing touches on this labor of love and it really has been.  I think I should step back a bit and explain that I started on my lettering journey at a time when there wasn’t much information nor any classes on the internet, nor were there many local classes teaching traditional calligraphy. I started sharing what I was doing and others responded enthusiastically. Then I read that school’s were getting rid of their cursive curriculum and I went on an all out campaign to make sure the art of lettering did not die out, it would be like the end of paper books, it was unthinkable. Cut to today and I do believe I succeeded in my efforts, there are many, many readers that picked up calligraphy and lettering after visiting, many becoming professional lettering artists, there are so many on-line and live classes that you wouldn’t be wont for one, there are books galore, forums, my goodness it’s a movement and I am proud to have played a small part in it. When Michelle and I sat down to develop an easy way for lettering artists to get their lettering ready for the web I don’t think we anticipated the Herculean task ahead of us. Last night after we did our final tweaks and with hearts pumping moved our Vitamin 25 | Paper to Pixel Photoshop action set from ‘prototype’ to ‘final files for market’ there was definitely a euphoric sense of accomplishment. [Read more…]

A week of lettering love

Lettering Love Pinterest board via besotted blogMonday came way too soon, don’t you think?  I usually look forward to Monday’s but I have lots and lots to do and I could have used an extra Sunday, you?  This is a special week, we are hoping and praying and maybe doing a little finger crossing that we will launch our new Photoshop action set for lettering artists tomorow. There’s nothing of its kind on the market and we hope it enables many other lettering artists the opportunity to share their work with the world in an easy + efficient way!

This week will be dedicated to lettering love, we’ll have calligrapher interviews, lettering resources galore, and plenty of lettering inspiration. We hope it invigorates your current lettering practice or motivates you to give it a go (I know I am so anxious to pick up my nib again!) This is a little curation of one of my fave Pinterest boards-Hand Lettering Love, if you haven’t visited it before be prepared to lose a few hours, there’s so much goodness and a nice variety of styles. If you have a Pinterest lettering board feel free to link to it in the comments, I am always on the look out for even more lettering love!

P.S. I haven’t listened yet, but lettering guru Sean Wes has started a podcast. He was one of the firsts to share lettering ‘secrets’ and what he has built (a small empire) it quite inspiring. I am sure it’s a good listen.

 

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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