Writing by hand, drawing by hand.

Writing blog posts by hand is something I used to do as some of you may remember if you’ve been visiting since a few years back (thanks for returning!) I decided to stop as I didn’t have much time (takes about 3x as long to create), my scanner died, and it was terrible for SEO as none of the text is searchable or used as keywords.

Now I’m making do with my old Samsung phone camera, a bit of daylight, and preferring an… organic approach to writing, rather than one that gains more followers. So here’s my first handwritten post for a few years:

My reaction to the supposed BEST SOLAR ECLIPSE IN MILLIONS OF YEARS:

Part of the Mother’s Day card I made for my mum:

mothers day card

A song I wrote about a surreptitious bird:

little robin song

A song I wrote about my dinner:

lentils song

aaaand…. couple of rough people sketches:

face sketch

face hand sketch

Hope you all had an eggy Easter, and a happy one too.


I think my friend’s at Pygmycloud enjoyed it, having taken this photo of their cat Little Bear and one of my illustrated ceramic eggcups!

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Society of Lost Souls

I’d like to help people and wasn’t sure how, but I knew that when I was very ill with depression my condition was improved with emotional support from friends and loved ones. So the other day I started a club. I suppose you could describe this club as an emotional support network for those in need of someone to talk to, or to share ideas, advice, and experiences with. The main thing is that people don’t feel alone, and get to drink tea together (and scoff cake!) It also connects friends with friends of friends and so the friendship circles grow. Here’s the banner I made for the club:

lost souls club small

I’m hoping to bring some art and journalling into the club for expression and motivation. Maybe run a workshop. Help the lost become found together.

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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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Watercolour in sketchbook

After such a long time spent without feeling creative, I’m slowly getting back into drawing and painting by making mini sketches in my sketchbook. Also I have a new set of watercolour paints so am playing with them. Here’s a tiny sketch – need a smaller brush!

watercolour in sketchbook


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Colour Collective: Opera Pink // sloth illustration

Happy new-ish year!

Thank you for continuing to read and follow my shenanigans into 2015!

Somehow a miracle happened and I got my creative mojo back after over 4 miserable years of creative block. I needed a challenge, and after participating with a Twitter challenge in December (#illo_advent), the same superstar that organised it (Penny Neville-Lee) decided to start an ongoing challenge, #Colour_Collective. Anyone can join in, all levels from stick man artists to Renoir proficiency. Each weekend a new colour is announced (currently working on Ultramarine) and we all post on the Friday at 7.30pm (GMT). Then there is lots of sharing and caring.

This week our challenge was to create an image using the colour Opera Pink. The first thing I thought of was of course sloth related – feeding a mother and baby sloth bright pink hibiscus flowers when I was in Costa Rica last year. Apparently hibiscus flowers are like chocolate to sloths. Here’s what I came up with:

Hibiscus - sloth chocolate

I used Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, HB pencil, and some rare Karismacolor pencils that Gavin Berriman gave me. Hope you like it!

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Draw YoursELF!

Draw your sELFie with this very simple guide. Start with a teardrop shape and add a few features – job’s a good’un!

Elves are so quick and easy to draw that I’ve made little hand-doodled elf stickers for the gifts I’m giving this year.

I would love to see your elf attempts, should you wish to share :)

Draw yoursELF

Simple gift label doodles:

gift labels

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New illustration – “Snow and Stories”

This illustration was inspired by a recent trip to Canada where I first tasted eggnog (with rum & cinnamon, yum), and sat in the back garden (sorry, “yard”) surrounded by snow, with a bonfire to keep warm. I created this image for a purpose – Christmas cards for myself & family to send out to friends/family, some of which live in Finland – not a dissimilar scene from the one depicted.

I have made this design available in my Society6 shop incase others would like to share with their friends too.

xmas card final small marshmallow

I also have a version with a sausage instead of a marshmallow that is available upon request – my mother said Finnish people don’t eat marshmallows WHICH I FIND HARD TO BELIEVE!

snow cards

This image is available on a variety of formats from tote bags, to cushions, to clocks, to baby clothing.

snow & stories tote

snow cushion

There are a couple of things missing from the picture that were present at the original scene. A sweet Mexican dog called Rita chasing a moustache-ball, and two beardy dudes listening to The Darkness. Have I missed out the best bits?

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Nordic Inspired Christmas Gift Guide >> Curated Collection

I’ve curated a collection of six Christmas gift ideas for those Nordic/Scandi design appreciators of the world (like me!)
nordic inspired xmas gift guide

Fjorn tote bag > Cally Creates, Wooden wine rack > John Lewis, Moomin 2015 calendar > The Moomin Shop, Nordic Reindeer clock > KateWu, Gold Tree Rings framed print > Cat Coquillette, Cloud bread board > Snug Studio.

Always curious to know of other products that fit this theme, still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, so ideas are welcomed in the comments section for my own selfish reasons. Thanks!

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Mischievous Elves collection

The elves have taken over!

If I’m not mistaken, Christmas is about mooning elves, sELFies, disco boogie, & ice skating within millimeters of a glacier edge. I mean, I could be mistaken, but… look at the evidence below.

mischievous elves

holiday baubles blog

This repeat design, inspired by Finnish ‘tonttu’ (elf) is now available in the following formats on my Society6 page:

Art prints, framed art prints, t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, baby clothes, iphone, ipod, laptop & ipad skins, ipad cases, cushions, clocks, cards, and tote bags. Lots to choose from! Phew!

Here’s a sELFie I made earlier:


I hope you like it! Feel free to share this post to spread the mischief…

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Slothify Yourself!

Draw yourself as a sloth with this simple sloth-drawing guide that I made!

As all my friends know, I’m very fond of sloths indeed. I recently met some wonderful sloths in Costa Rica and Panama (shout-outs to little Sammie and Dahabie at Casa Mariposa in El Valle!)… I even held a friendly sloth- Sammie, was licked by Millie, high-threed Buttercup, witnessed an unrequited sloth bromance in Cahuita National Park, and saw Sammie poo while hugging a tree (rare and beautiful occasion). Fascinating creatures! Upon my return I’ve been filling my sketchbooks with all things bradypus so if you dislike the creatures you may wish to unfollow me now!

 sloths by heidi burton

If you draw yourself slothy using my guide, I’d love to see the results so please post pics or link to pics in the comments section.

Casa Mariposa

Above is me having a hug with a rescue sloth Sammie from the lovely Casa Mariposa hotel in Panama.

Below is a photo from the day I visited the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, when I met the famous bradypus (3-toed) Buttercup!


Here is the first time I ever touched a sloth, can you tell from the excitement written all over my face? This is Millie, a choloepus (2-toed) sloth. She was the little bugger that licked my hand!


I could go on all day, so I’ll save some pictures for another post!


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