Hand lettered serif font by Great Lakes Lettering

great lake lettering via besottedblog.com

When it comes to killer hand lettered fonts Molly Jacques foundry Great Lake Lettering never disappoints. This one is apropos for the upcoming Hallow’s Eve, I love the description:

Helsing is a serif style font inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula as well as Edward Gorey’s rendition of the story. Characterized by his slighting skewed baseline, subtle texture, thick and thin contrasts, and decorative legs”.

It’s another winner to add to the font collection and it’s so versatile I am sure you will have many, many more uses for it after the Halloween holiday.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

Super Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

easy minestrone soup via besottedblog.com

When we feature food centric posts here our goal is to share with you beautiful food that is simple + healthy and most of all easy to make. Seattle has started to get that gorgeous crispness to the air, chilly enough to layer and get cozy but not so cool that your teethe are chattering. During these cooler months I am always on the look out for easy and satisfying soups to make.  I followed this recipe but made a few tweaks. I have included my tweaks below. I hope I made it easy enough to follow. The end result is a hearty soup that is even better the next day! [Read more…]

My Sensitive Skincare Routine

sensitive skincare via besottedblog.com

My skin is high maintenance. There, I said it. Once, (somehow) I burned my eyelids with a perfectly respectable brand of eyeshadow tried on a whim at the Nordstrom make-up counter. Ug, red, balloon-shaped eyelids were not a pretty look for a night out. (Yes… I still went out with burnt eyelids – it was in a dark theater & I didn’t want to miss the show!) So, as you can probably guess, making a concerted effort to find a gentle skin routine is a must for me. Along the way, there have been many trials and tribulations, but I am finally having some success – no more angry (or singed) pores – yay! Here’s what is working right now:

Caudaulie Foaming Cleanser: I purchased the travel size for a trip a few years ago and never looked back. It cleans without drying, has a light, clean fragrance, and the foaming aspect makes it last much longer than you’d expect.

Witch Hazel Toner: Witch hazel has wonderful natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Sometimes old-fashioned products really do work!

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream: Rich & creamy, very moisturizing, with no junky ingredients. It doesn’t smell like pumpkin to me, but it does smell fresh for a bit before the scent goes away completely.

MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28: The only sunscreen I’ve ever tried that doesn’t leave a sheen or a weird smell. I had Tristan test it out too, so she can vouch for both of these points! Perfect for under make-up, just give it a minute or two to soak in. It’s also a Zinc and Titanium Dioxide formula without any of those bad for you chemicals found in so many sunscreens, which is a HUGE plus in my book.

Coconut Oil – Of course I heard the hype about coconut oil, but was still hesitant to try slathering it on my skin. Then I purchased some for the pantry and it taunted me with possibilities. It soaks in much faster than you’d think, and my dry patches are so much happier! Instead of keeping a jar that looks like it belongs in the kitchen on the bathroom counter, I’ve been scooping some into a small cosmetics-looking jar. It’s not particularly fancy, but it keeps me from feeling like I’m part of a granola recipe.

Do any of you have other sensitive skin winners to recommend? I’m all ears!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Kal Barteski brush lettering class!

Kal Barteski Class via Besottedblog

This class mention is bittersweet for me.  I am a fan of the very talented artist Kal Barteski  (she created the iconic ‘link with love’ button you often see on blogs), so much so when I was 8 months pregnant and discovered she had an on line class I bought it within seconds and waited with bated breath to get my access key to start.  I knew with the baby coming soon I wouldn’t be able to do much lettering or class taking and after being so sick it seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Unfortunately, I received an email the next day with a refund (insert sad face here), Kal had taken her class down and was going to revamp it, it never happened before I welcomed my little one and it seems like it will be forever before I can do any lettering again*. But you my friends can take Kal’s revamped class and I am sure it will be so, so good! Kal teamed up with the wonderful folks at Studio Calico and the class looks like it’s going to be an amazing one! I do hope you take it and report back to me and if you end up getting hooked on the Studio Califco goodies in their shop, I would love to see what you create! Take the Kal Barteski life scripted class here!

P.S. Studio Calico makes it even easier to take the class by allowing you to buy the supplies straight from their site. I LOVE this idea, no fumbling with inadequate supplies or roaming the art store aimlessly, just one click and you are ready to roll!

*Okay, so I am in enrolled now, it may be a little ambitious, perhaps, just maybe, but Alisa Burke has inspired me to create with baby, wish me luck!!!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

Corina Nika lettering artist

cocorrina by corina nika via besotttedblog.com

I wish I knew how I came across designer/lettering artist Corina Nika’s work, I suppose it doesn’t matter, it’s just one of those happy discoveries that I couldn’t wait to share with you.  I didn’t even wait an hour before I was emailing her asking her about her lettering on her site and if it was hers (indeed!). I asked Corina if she would be open to an interview and luckily she obliged!  Please enjoy her answers, her process and tools are very different than any other lettering artist we have had on the site, I am hoping she may inspire even more individuals to take the plunge and try their hand at it.   As always if you have questions leave them in the comments.  Thank you Corina for such a wonderfully honest + authentic interview! I love this quote from the interview,( it is so simple but such great advice)- “I just learned not to give up, and practise daily.” Don’t give up and keep practicing friends!

//CORINA NIKA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS//

Where are you located?

I’m located in Kefalonia Island, Greece.

How did you get started in lettering?

I started on the 1st of January this year. I wanted to create something more personal for a wallpaper on the blog. It came up to be quite a mess (i thought it was perfect at the time).

What are some of your favorite supplies?

I basically design right on my tablet so I gotta say that. Water colouring is not my favourite although I’ve done some good work with it. I guess my very favourite is the pen brush. I love the texture it produces

Can you name some of your inspirations?

Yes! Ok, I’m inspired while walking my dog by the lake in the woods. I just close my eyes, take breaths and let my eye rest in the horizon. The trees always clear my mind, and when that happens, it lets room for some new ideas. Also, although it may sound mainstream, but I tend to listen a lot Lana Del Ray when I work. There’s lots of emotion, and dark sides. The dark sides, always bring out the best in my work, even if that’s connect with the villain, listening to creepy music (John Murphy style) or watching American Horror Story.

Can you go a little into your process of how you work on a project?

There’s not much to it to be honest. I’ll either work on Photoshop right with my tablet, or use my pen brush, scan and trace on Illustrator. The most process is getting with the right kind of style, line weight etc.

Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?

You’ll find yourself experimenting, and feeling the need or pressure to produce similar handwriting with other calligraphers. It’s something you can’t help but will happen. Through that process, you’ll slowly feel confident and that will show in your own handwriting, giving the room for your style to shine.

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