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Illustrate April – my April drawing challenge #illustrateApril

Last month I participated in #MarchMeetTheMaker, a daily challenge on Instagram to produce a creative response to the list of prompts set by designer Joanne Hawker.
This was a positive experience and built my momentum, so I wanted to continue through April with a daily challenge. I set a list of prompts of my own with the hashtag #illustrateApril that other creatives are welcome to join in with too! You’re welcome to use and repost the prompt list below. Post your creations with the hashtag #illustrateApril.

Illustration daily challenge prompt list #illustrateApril

My #illustrateApril submissions thus far:

Day 1: What Spring means to me:
Spring is a time of growth, so I do enjoy seeing plants emerge from hibernation, and also I start crawling out of my cosy nest a little more.
Spring illustration for the Illustrate April challenge by Heidi Burton

Day 2: Lighthearted news story:
Illustrating the BBC news story “Searching for the sublime: The man who paints in the ocean.” You can read the original article here if you wish. It’s about an artist who paints incredibly beautiful abstract pieces while submerged in the ocean. I genuinely love his work, it was a special find!
Illustration depicting a man painting a picture whilst floating in the sea, inside a blue tea cup, with hand written text in ribbon banners.

Day 3: Sentence/paragraph from book:
“She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, “I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.”
Author: Haruki Murakami
Book: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Black and red ink illustration depicting a woman with two overlapping faces, holding an anatomical heart.

Click through the images to see them in their original environment, and search #illustrateApril on Instagram to view submissions from the currently tiny group of participants for this challenge – feel free to join in; any creative discipline and any level from stick people to Michaelangelo!

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New egg cups – I love you egg cup with face

A new one-of-a-kind egg cup listed in my Etsy shop!
This egg cup has a hand drawn face and red heart cheeks, with ‘I love you’ handwritten on the back.

Egg cup with happy face and red heart cheeks, alongside a small cactus plant.White egg cup with happy face and red heart cheeks drawn on.White egg cup with I love you written on the back in a ribbon banner, and a red heart.Maranta prayer plant and hand illustrated egg cup with face drawing.

I’ll be adding more egg cups to my shop very soon!
See my daily updates on Instagram here.

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New illustration for Goblin Market poem

I’ve been revisiting the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti after a number of years – I first studied the poem at art college over a decade ago, as part of a self-initiated degree project, and my fascination with the dark children’s tale continues.

This illustration wasn’t planned. I knew I wanted to illustrate Laura and Lizzie, so began sketching the sisters, and subconsciously the hair grew into trees and menacing little goblin men started appearing in the woods.

Contemporary illustration of Victorian pre-raphaelite poem 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rossetti

An excerpt from the poem:

“Evening by evening

Among the brookside rushes,
Laura bow’d her head to hear,
Lizzie veil’d her blushes:
Crouching close together
In the cooling weather,
With clasping arms and cautioning lips,
With tingling cheeks and finger tips.
“Lie close,” Laura said,
Pricking up her golden head:
“We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
“Come buy,” call the goblins
Hobbling down the glen.”
I used pencil, ink and watercolour paint before scanning and editing the image digitally.
If you’d like an A5 print, I have them available to purchase here: Goblin Market prints.
Goblin men are emerging from the woods in this illustration of Goblin Market by Heidi Burton
Goblin Market illustration prints by Heidi Burton
Goblin Market was written by Christina Rossetti, published in 1862, and originally illustrated by her brother Dante Rossetti. Lawrence Housman and Arthur Rackham also illustrated Goblin Market. You can read the full Goblin Market poem here.

I’d love to hear what you think?

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Christmas is coming, and so are my illustrated gifts!

New items in my Etsy shop, ideal for Christmas gift giving.

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This little elf has been busy in the elf workshop painting on ceramics and personalising journals. My hand-painted porcelain egg cups can also be used as tea light candle holders, tiny succulent pots, or little ring bowls. These are indeed a great size for stocking fillers or token gifts for friends, colleagues, and family.

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You can pick an egg cup to adopt from my Etsy shop. They are hand-painted, so no two are the same, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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My shop wouldn’t be complete without ‘little peekers’ aka Finnish tonttu (Christmas elves) sneaking peeks out of Moleskine journal windows! I’m currently working on new journals that people can have personalised with a name or word as well. So keep ’em peeled in my Etsy shop.

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See all my latest bits and pieces on my Instagram: MakingStrangers.

Til soon!
Heidi x

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Watercolour play

I’m visiting someone in BC, Canada and have a stunning view of the rockies from panoramic windows. While distracting, the inspiration is filling me with creativity. This little painting was for Colour Collective last week, and the colour I had to use was Viridian (green).

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After many years of good intentions, I’ve finally started to paint flowers. These are my first attempt:

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