GIVEAWAY: hand-illustrated Moleskine small business pocket journal!

I’ve launched a giveaway for a chance to win a Moleskine cahier pocket journal that I’ve altered/illustrated with the small business owner in mind! Of course you’re welcome to enter whether you’re self employed or not – I’ve made the journal ambiguous enough to cover everyone from readers to meditators too! The giveaway is worldwide, and closes on December 5th 2015.

The purpose of my giveaway is to reach more people with my very new business Digibloom. It’s so new that my website is still in the making, though I’m able to assist small businesses in the meantime with tips and advice via my social media channels.

I have bags of experience in social media management, and used to work for Etsy in London. I’ve also run my own illustration business so have experience from both sides, and have studied both a business skills course and an illustration degree. I’ll be offering one-to-one consultations from spring 2016.

for web - Digibloom mind my own business journal inside

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this unique, one-of-a-kind altered Moleskine journal, please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Good luck!

Digibloom Small Business Journal Giveaway (via Rafflecopter app)

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Sweet journal, sombre journal

I’ve been working my socks off illustrating Moleskine journals this past week. Here are two of my very recent additions to my Etsy shop.

I Like People Who Smile When It’s Raining – a cute lilac pocket journal featuring raindrop elves and the words “I like people who smile when it’s raining”, revisiting a sentiment of mine from back in 2008 that I once made illustrated prints of. This is the first time I’ve worked with a pastel coloured journal cover, and have a yellow one, and pink one waiting to join the pastel trio!

i like people who smile when it's raining

smile when it's raining moleskine

The River From Which She Rises – for this grey pocket journal I illustrated the beautiful, sombre poem ‘Lorelei’ by Sylvia Plath. An excerpt:

“Deep in your flux of silver
Those great goddesses of peace.
Stone, stone, ferry me down there.”

river from which she rises journal

river from which she rises journal

I hope you like them! I’d be interested to know which you prefer – my cartoon style journals or the more sombre, detailed pencil style journals?


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Revisiting Goblin Market using the medium of a journal

I finished illustrating this new journal just last night and listed it for sale on Etsy. It depicts a scene from the curious Victorian poem ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti, written in 1859. For some reason I keep returning to this poem, it’s steeped in intrigue and I need to keep drawing it out time and time again, almost as if I should find some answers at the end.

goblin market moleskine journal art

My journal depicts Laura and Lizzie entangled by their sisterly bond, with tear drops cut into the cover, symbolising their anguish. I have left the ribbon banner blank for a name or short message of one’s choosing.

goblin market moleskine journal
goblin market drawing moleskine journal

Excerpt from the poem:
“Evening by evening
Among the brookside rushes,
Laura bowed her head to hear,
Lizzie veiled 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?”

goblin market moleskine journal

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New altered Moleskine journals

Howdy folks! Long time no post.. I’ve been very busy working on my new business, Digibloom. My work involves helping small businesses to grow – using my experience/expertise in social media, branding, marketing, etc. More on that another time!

I’m back working on my Etsy items until Christmas with a new series of journals, and thought I’d share some pictures with you. It may seem very early to be listing Christmas items even prior to Halloween, but November can be a busy time so it’s good to be prepared! Click on images to view listings with more/larger photos on Etsy.

Custom illustrated Moleskine cahier journal with your name or word:

moleskine journal heidi burton

moleskine journal heidi burton cover

Christmas journal – Tonttu is Watching. Custom name optional:

moleskine journal christmas elf

Peeking Elves Christmas Journal – original altered Moleskine journal full of Christmas cheer:

Moleskine journal peeking elves

Moleskine journal peeking elves

I’d love to hear what you think!

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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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