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Watercolour sketches and line drawings from Canada

I’m still visiting Fernie in BC, Canada, and I think the wildery aspect is getting to me! Here are some sketches from my sketch book:

fernlichen and barnacles

Some of these line drawings will be making their way onto fabric for a dress I’m designing!

10608106_1109028702462352_576863999_nself pootrait island small

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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).

viridian cloud small by heidi burtonmacro watercolour petal

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

flowers forgetmenots small

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Watercolour in the mountains

I’m visiting Canada for a while and happen to be based in Fernie, BC with a window view of the beautiful Rockies! This is wasted on me (creatively speaking) as no matter how hard I try, I can’t draw or paint mountains well. So I decided to just paint imaginary mountain dwellers, because, what else can you do. Having said that, the ever-changing mountains are hugely inspiring to wake up to every day. I’ve fallen in love with this place!

mountain dweller painting wip

mountain dweller painting lifestyle

mountain dweller painting

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Sitting on Depression

An illustration about depression, the disease that you can sit on. For a while.

sitting on depression small

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Etsy UK ‘Pimp My Table’ Festive Knees-up

Etsy UK Christmas party is taking place in London on December 14th (tomorrow!)

Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an Etsy member.  The idea is you bring some unloved crockery or nab some at a charity shop.  Hang out with fun, like-minded peeps in the Etsy Christmas Grotto where you can doodle on your ceramics using special markers from our pals at Pebeo!

We’re also giving away free (cheeky) wrapping paper & tags that I designed for Etsy (see my Twitter background) so you can gift your amazing works of art as Christmas presents.  Upcycling and re-gifting is the name of the game.  Etsy will also provide winter edition tote bags & other items, free drinks (alcoholic + soft drinks), & munchables.

Check out the photos from our event last week with the lovely peeps from Crafternoon Tea Party!

The event is free to attend but space is limited, you can book in advance here to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you there!

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New illustrated business / contact cards

My ‘business’ cards have always been created from drawings or paintings but often with digital typographic elements.  Turns out it’s much more enjoyable doing it all by hand.  I really had fun with these and threw any knowledge I’ve obtained about how business cards should look out of the window, I’m no graphic designer.  This follows a general re-awakening of my personal creativity and the decision to sod the rules.  Yee-haw.

Business card design

Business card design
Business card design
New illustration business cards

Primarily these cards are sent out with orders from my online stores (Etsy, Folksy & Moleskine). The website address is slightly premature as the site isn’t finished yet, but there are links to my work and contact details on there in the meantime.


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The Old Man and His Grandson

Just listed on my page of Moleskine Artist Marketplace, a one-of-a-kind altered/illustrated Moleskine cahier journal depicting a scene from the folktale The Old Man and His Grandson by the Brothers Grimm.

The Old Man and His Grandson is a great moral story about treating others as you would like to be treated. My painting illustrates the hands of both the grandfather and grandson. You can read the story here.

It’s been brought to my attention that someone has been copying my journal concepts and designs and is selling them on Etsy. It’s taken years to develop my concepts and style, by working hard and digging into my imagination! So it makes me sad that someone has come along and copied the results of this. I’d appreciate it a lot if people support me by not accepting imitations 🙂

Imitation = limitation!

If you’d like to know more about my journal work, please see this post!

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Altered Moleskine journal inspired by Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ poem

An ink-illustrated Moleskine cahier journal illustrating part of the fabulous poem  Goblin Market  by Christina Rossetti, written in 1859. I studied & produced artwork based on this poem for my self-initiated illustration degree project a few years ago and continue to glean inspiration from it.

This one-of-a-kind journal depicts the suggestion of Lizzie being violated by the evil, cretinous goblins.

Goblin Market journal

An excerpt from the poem:

“Lashing their tails
They trod and hustled her,
Elbowed and jostled her,
Clawed with their nails,
Barking, mewing, hissing, mocking,
Tore her gown and soiled her stocking,
Twitched her hair out by the roots,
Stamped upon her tender feet,
Held her hands and squeezed their fruits
Against her mouth to make her eat.”

Goblin Market journal

Each of my altered journals is one of a kind because it is hand drawn (and cut) by me.

Goblin Market journal detail

Available to buy from my Etsy shop.


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Norwegian Wood poster contest – notes on image construction

Norwegian Wood hand drawn typography by Heidi Burton

Work-in-progress photographs from my recent poster design, created for the Don’t Panic contest to produce a film poster for Norwegian Wood – directed by Anh Hung Tran and based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.

As some of you may know from previous work based upon Murakami’s writings, I absolutely love Norwegian Wood, it’s my favourite book – not just of his, but of all books. I wasn’t much of a reader but his books broke me in to reading, in a sense.

Below you can find preparatory images created during my design process.  These show my laborious and time-consuming approach. First I brainstorm on paper, then sketch a few initial ideas. Next is the research. A lot of research. Hours of it. Sometimes the best idea will emerge while walking to the shop or drifting off to sleep – I always have a journal handy to scribble it down.

Next stage is to combine research with ideas and create the characters, it can take a long time and a lot of practice to produce a likeness of a person, if I’m lucky enough to do that at all.  Each element is worked on separately, scanned, edited, and the whole lot  woven together (in Photoshop) to create the final image. I’ve included some of the ideas that were dismissed due to a lack of time, would have liked to explore them further for this contest.


Here is the final result:


As a lot of searches for the contest winner have led to my blog, I’ll mention here that the winner was announced yesterday on the Norwegian Wood Facebook page as Bertie Simpson with this poster. It was the second highest voted in the contest, and looks fantastic! See his blog here.  I also really like this poster design by Lucie Rauer as it evokes the atmosphere and emotion I felt when reading the story. More of her work here.


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I tend to draw a lot of Facebook graffiti when I need to be doing something important (usually with a deadline involved). It’s my version of cleaning the house to avoid something.  (The only time I cleaned the house as a method of procrastination was during the writing of my dissertation a few years ago when ANYTHING was more appealing than work).

Last night I attempted to draw Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for my sister.


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