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

kiki and coco go to paris via besotted blog ii

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

Realistic painting effects in Photoshop

digital painting sam andy warhol reference via besottedblog

digital painting details

Michelle and I have been working on a project together which included painting, something I have little (to no) skill in. What I do have is an aptitude for Photoshop so I decided to take my meager painting skills and try my hand at digitally ‘painting’.  My first efforts were, ‘ok’, Michelle decided we needed a studio tablet, so she promptly ordered one and I started playing. That’s where my rabbit hole begins–one little thing leads to another, that leads to another… I realized quickly that I needed to find some artistic brushes that would mimic the strokes of a real brush. I downloaded some free ones but quickly found they didn’t look any better than the default ones. You can change settings for brushes to achieve all sorts of realistic effects (it’s a TON of research and trial and error), but I have been too chicken to, what if I change my brush settings and can never get them back again? Well, friends lucky for me (and you), a mad creative genius created a huge arsenal of Photoshop brushes and he pre-programmed ALL the settings so you don’t have to think you just have to use. I mean they are seriously goof proof. You can play with digital gouache (you know the type of paint that the internet is coo coo for? Think Rifle Paper co.), there’s even brushes that mimic pencils and charcoal and so many other art supplies that I was going a little batty deciding which set to choose from!  A little side note here, I am not very familiar with all the effects different ‘real’ art supplies achieve, so if you do know, you are going to have a little bit of a leg up on the individual that doesn’t, but experimenting for me is half the fun so I didn’t mind trying the brushes out to see the different effect. Btw, these work great for lettering as well!  So many possibilites!

I re-created this image of ‘Sam’ from Andy Warhol, because my daughter has been obsessed lately with a story about Andy Warhol’s 23 cats named Sam (a true story). I loved how charming and quirky the Sam portraits were so I tried the new brushes with Sam in mind. I am a total newbie at drawing and painting so I love to have something I can reference. Apprentices used to copy the masters to get down techniques, so I figured why not?  I am not good at tracing (super wobbly hand and there’s that whole attention span issue), so I just free-handed the outline with the tablet using my reference image as I worked. I did ‘paint’ Sam in using the mouse, because even though the brushes are specifically made to be used with a tablet, I wanted to see if you could get good results with a mouse (and you can!)  I think these brushes will open up a whole new creative world for me and are perfect for everyone from the hobbyist painter to the professional illustrator. If you had any interest in illustration, I think these are an amazing asset to add to your art supply arsenal.


Realistic digital painterly effect brushes Gouache | Watercolor | Dry media (like pencils, chalk, crayons) | Mega Pack (a variety of digital art supplies to test)

Watch Kyle the maker of the brushes paint demo!

Wacom tablet entry level | intermediate level | pro level

Featured script font

Uncle Andy’s Cats

23 cats named Sam

Watercolor for designers (learned so much about shading in this easy to follow class)

Gouache for Illustrators class (nice to see gouache being demoed)

Free on-line life drawing classes

If you have any questions let us know in the comments!  Have you tried these brushes before?  Do you have any other recommendations?

P.S. You can get 3 months of Skillshare for .99 here. That’s plenty of time to take a TON of classes;)

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.

Retro-inspired script font

retro inspired script font via besotted blog

I am a huge script fan, but recently it seems I have seen a lot of the ‘same’ hand. My eyes were aching for something a little different when I stumbled across this lovely little font. A sweet (but not too sweet) monoline font, it has a nice retro feel and would be perfect for so many designs-a birth announcement (especially cute if the baby has one of those quaint retro-inspired name). I think the idea of making recipe cards or even a bookplate for a perennial favorite cookbook (like the ‘Joy of Cooking or Julia Child’s famous tome) would be perfect in this font. Lately, I have been studying a lot of scripts used in vintage Children’s books (loving Roger Duvoisin’s effortless hand) so you may see some more retro-inspired font goodness coming your way again soon!


Featured retro-inspired font

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.