the flourish forum besotted blog

If you only knew how long it took me to create this post. I had to do it in 1 minute increments over two days with one hand (the non-dominant one) and a baby attached to my chest. Phew, not an easy task to complete, but I am here now.  I need to find my mommy/wife/friend/blogging/working rhythm, right now I am just a bit chaotic, deliriously happy but chaotic.

I actually have wanted to write about The Flourish Forum since I was introduced to it, they recently launched  (helmed by calligrapher Erica Mcphee) with a promise to be a calligraphy/lettering resource and the word on the street is they are delivering on their promise. I am so excited that there is a new wave of resources and renewed interests in the lettering arts, ever since I learned that cursive was being discontinued from schools in the U.S. I have been on a mission to keep the art of the written word alive and thriving.  I am happy to say that I do believe from my little perch on the interwebs I have made a bit of an impact. I have seen renewed interest and have joyfully welcomed the sharing of resources and knowledge, we have seen a plethora of classes pop up all over the globe and many new lettering artists open up shop to offer their services.  I know it feels like a trend right now, but my hope is that it is not and that we have turned a curve and will be keeping the written word around for generations to come.  If you are looking for a place to ask questions to an experienced calligrapher and meet like-minded lettering enthusiasts than stop by The Flourish Forum, it’s free and I am sure you will learn a lot there!

If you know of a resource that I haven’t mentioned or there’s a calligrapher/lettering artist you want to suggest me interview (even if it’s you), please feel free to email me at hello [at] besottedbrand [dot] com.

P.S. If you are looking for prior lettering posts, here’s a link to our Calligrapher Interviews (learn so much from the experts!) and more Lettering Love posts.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

12 thoughts on “THE FLOURISH FORUM

  1. Hello, first thank you for sharing the Flourish Forum! I just bookmarked it and intend to pin this post to my “resources” board. Second, while reading the first paragraph of your post, I was instantly smiling and could completely relate to what a feat it is to accomplish any work while taking care of a babe. How many times I’ve tried to capture a photo in my little corner of the house where decent natural light while my two youngest are coloring next to me and then suddenly a squabble breaks and I forget what I was doing ;) You are right, it is chaotic bliss!

    1. Ursula, I feel a little lame as it seems like the rest of the world can do all these things and I am flailing about, lol. I can’t even imagine how much more difficult it will be when she is mobile! I will be running around with all my props, camera and my hair awry. You do make it seem very easy Miss Ursula, it’s good to know there is a little chaotic bliss in your life as well;)

  2. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you, Miss Tristan, for such a great write up about the Flourish Forum! I have enjoyed your fabulous features of all things calligraphy and feel honored to now be included. I also remember those days of multitasking with a newborn and so I’m impressed with what you are able to accomplish! Thanks again and I hope to see you around the forum, too. :-)

    1. Erica you are so welcome, thank you for providing this resource! I can’t wait to be able to spend time at the forum (when I get that precious time one again). I also am excited to one day have the opportunity to interview you for the series!

  3. Wow, I just checked it out. It’s a wonderful site and I look forward to checking out Erica’s fantastic content on a regular! :-) Besotted is always bringing the new. Thanks, Tristan B.

    1. Thank you Gayle for your kind words + visit:) I am a fan of your ‘casual hand’ lettering style, it’s really gorgeous!

  4. Things will be a little chaotic in the beginning, but you seem like a peaceful person, so I’m pretty sure you’ll find your way working things out. Just don’t be afraid to adjust and re-adjust in order to meet your baby’s needs and yours. Best of luck! By the way, I stumbled on the Flourish Forum the other day and I was pretty amaze that there’s such a forum. I didn’t stay long cuz I thought it was one of those forums where they want you to join for an x amount a month, so I got out of there right away. But thank you for letting us know it’s free! I’ll be sure to book mark them now. And yes, I think we’ll have the art of cursive for a very long time! :)

    1. Carmen I was a peaceful person, now I am a bit of a bumbler, knocking into walls and I even fell over on our walk the other day, just chaos! I do appreciate the vote of confidence though, I hope I can figure out my rhythm soon. I do hope you go back and visit the forum it really is a wonderful resource!

  5. Aww, I really love your writing style, Ms Tristan! So warm, funny, and relatable. You do beautiful work here! I do think The Flourish Forum’s logo looks beautimously besotted in your signature colors. :)

    I can attest that the Flourish Forum is fun, welcoming, and stuffed full of amazing resources. I look forward to meeting new members!

    1. Thank you, thank you Joy, right back at you! Erica is quote talented and knowledgeable it’s a thrill that she is offering her time and expertise! I am happy that you are giving the thumbs up to her forum, it’s so nice to have an expert to so:)

  6. Thanks for the intro to Flourish Forum! You’ll get really good at doing all kinds of things with one hand, btw. You’ll be juggling blogging, baby, dinner, the phone and a conversation with your husband in no time!

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