Modern Calligrapher Interview | Karla Lim

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote by Karla Lim

If you spend any time on social media following some of the top lettering artists then we are sure that artist Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy feed is already on your radar. Lim’s beautifully, graceful dancing hand and perfectly styled images are a visual feast and now with the launch of new product offerings (wax seals!) there is even more to look forward to!  We were so honored when she wrote us and said, “Like many calligraphers out there, a lot of us started because of your blog! I learned so much about what pens to use and what nibs to get.”  When we started the idea of promoting lettering (once we heard handwriting would no longer be taught at school’s) we had no idea what an impact we would make and to read something like that and to see all the plethora of talent now lettering with such enthusiasm and style makes our hearts soar. We are thrilled that Karla has agreed to be interviewed for our series! Please find part I below:Read More

Color Palette Generator Round-up


Welcome to the wonderful world of color palette generators! We are often putting together palette’s for ourselves and clients, the old school way is often tedious and time consuming. We know most people that would like to do this may not have the Photoshop or Illustrator chops to do so, we decided to do a quick round up of some palette generators that we thought were very user friendly, just upload your photo or put in an URL and the palette generators will generate a palette for you in mere seconds from the provided image. It’s that quick and easy!

Here are some of our faves, feel free to add any of your faves in the comments!


I-This one has an adjustable pie chart to play with so you can finesse the colors you want in your palette.

II-This one generates from a URL which is great if you don’t have your own image to upoad.

III-You an download your swatches after uploading.

IIII-This one does light and dark colors and a complete palette.

photo via annie sloan

P.S. How gorgeous is this paint color?  I am trying to figure what I can paint first with it!

And the winner is…..

Winner of the grand giveaway via besotted blog

Hooray!  We have a winner of the Grand Giveaway! We choose all our winners via the Random Number Generator and Miss Susan H. (Fleurishing) is the winner! (please note the graphic corresponds to the winning answer).  Susan has one week from today to claim her prize so please, please, please email us! I am going to go out in an exasperated note here, if Susan doesn’t claim in one week, we will send the prizes back to the designer and we will officially stop doing Bestowals, because that would be just masochistic behavior to continue, dontcha think? This is our third attempt at getting winners for these gorgeous goods.  Thank you everyone that participated this round, we LOVED reading your answers, it is always great to get to know you a little better.

Who would I take on a road trip either living or dead and where would we go? Such a hard question! I’m thinking maybe Sir Paul McCartney, he’s my favorite Beatle and he once was quoted as saying every time he has something to say he turns it into a song, I think it would be fun to hear all the songs he would come up with. He probably has a million incredible stories to tell and I would welcome listening to them. Where would we go? Initially I thought I’d go to the Galapagos Islands, just because it’s on my bucket list but doesn’t sound fun with Sir Paul, who’s fair complexion would not lend itself to the equatorial sun, so I am thinking maybe a jaunt through the English or Irish countryside would need to suffice.

Thanks again and Congrats Susan!

Product Photography Mock-up Templates

besotted modern mock up templates

modern mock up templates besotted blog

We needed a graphic for our Photoshop for Lettering Artist class pronto, but we didn’t have the time (or energy) to create one the way we had envisioned, it would mean we’d have to clean up our studio desks (gasp) get the lights out, then there’s that little bit of shooting and then editing. Luckily, White Hart Designs had the perfect photo mock-up template for us and all we had to do was add our little graphic and call it a day! We are in love with all the new photo mock-up template choices that are currently available now, this wasn’t so even a few short months ago, it’s a game changer for many businesses!Read More