Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sketchbook Stories Part Two

Welcome back to part two of Sketchbook Stories.
Today i have a fabulous interview with Artist Catherine Constance as well as a new sketchbook prompt.
But first here is a little video of me having a messy creative play with Mindy Lacefield's prompt.
Grab a cup of tea and cake and enjoy some more Sketchbook Stories.

Here is me painting away with words, using pen, paint, pencil and crayon.

I love the prompt, it was a great chance to let go and have fun, banishing the white pages of my sketch book into paint filled joy !

Pia Drent shared with us her response to Mindy's Prompt below

Isn't just wonderful ! I love what she has created here and so thrilled she has shared this with us all.
Thank You Pia Drent 

We now have a interview with artist Catherine Constance.

1.When did you sketchbook Story Begin ?
( how long have you used a sketchbook)

A.  Sketchbook and I started our adventure nearly five years ago when my life got whacked into the washing machine and set on maximum spin.  

2.How does your sketchbook help you in your creative process ?

A.  Sketchbook helps me keep everything in one place.  Ideas are sorted out amongst its pages and new ideas evolve.  It's my playground.  If I don't like a page I gesso over it and start again.  If I'm stuck for an idea I flick back through my old books in the hope of inspiration. The characters that jump onto the pages take on a life of their own and most of them are very chatty.

3.If you could fix a date with you and your sketchbook, where would you go ? 
and what would be your chosen inspiration ?

A.  Sketchbook and I are very rarely parted and can fix a date in seconds.  If we could magic ourselves away, I would choose a small deserted island somewhere warm.  Sketchbook likes tree houses high up in the mountains.  We are both rather partial to a boat in the middle of the ocean anywhere quiet and secluded would suit us.  Inspiration is all around us, we just have to look and listen.

4. What materials would you use ?

A. That's easy, sketchbook and I have a total love affair with watercolours, oh and glitter....we looooove glitter :)

5.Do you have sketchbook prompt that you would like to share ?
 ( ie. doodle with your eyes shut, or rubber stamp a sketchbook page )

A.  Sketchbook always says if I'm stuck, then just start with a circle and see who wants to come and play... :)

I adore Catherine illustrations, and adore the peek into the pages of her sketchbooks. I love how she see's her sketchbook as a playground ! lets play some more and meet back here next week.
I will be having fun with Catherine's sketchbook prompt and will show you what i have come up with.

So do let me know how your enjoying Sketchbook Stories ?

Be great to have feedback on the interviews ?

What has your sketchbook been saying to you this week ?

If you have any pages you would like to share from the prompts then email me at

Next week we have a fabulous interview with Artist Micki Wilde / The Secret Hermit.

With Love

Heidi. M xxx

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Sketchbook Stories Begins.

Sketchbook Stories has now begun ! And we are kick starting the workshop off with a interview with the  wonderfully inspiring Mindy Lacefield. 
You will  find a exciting Sketchbook prompt at the end of the interview and i thought it would be great fun to get stuck into this and meet back here next wednesday with our explorations. I plan to do a little film of my sketchbook process to show you all.
Email me at  if you would like to share your sketchbook pages here from Mindy's Prompts.
So lets begin....

1.When did you sketchbook Story Begin ? 
I have been using a sketchbook/journal seriously for about the last 4-5 years. I haven't always known what to do with a sketchbook but soon realized that I enjoy capturing gesture paintings and quick painting/collage studies in my sketchbook. For me it's more about painting and gluing and less about actual drawing.

2.How does your sketchbook help you in your creative process ?
It has helped me simply by loosening up and exploring textures and composition

3.If you could fix a date with you and your sketchbook, where would you go ? 
and what would be your chosen inspiration ? Oh, definitely out into nature. There are a couple parks that I like to visit and a secret spot near a lake by my house.

4. What materials would you use ? I love to write in my journals, so for sure a soft 6b pencil and some washi tape to add found items into my journal. I also love using inktense pencils.

5.Do you have sketchbook prompt that you would like to share ?
 ( ie. doodle with your eyes shut, or rubber stamp a sketchbook page )
Yes! Do some stream of consciousness writing. Write for 3-4 minutes or however long it takes you to fill up a page or two in your moleskine. Then paint around certain words or short phrase that speaks to you. Add washi tape in randomly and then finish it off with some sparkle....I love stickles and glimmer glam.

I simply adore the pages of Mindy's Sketchbook, it really makes me excited to crack open the pages and get started.
Next Wednesday is jammed packed with a film of me exploring Mindys Sketchbook Prompt, along  with a new Interview by Catherine Constance and more sketchbook prompts to enjoy.
I hope to see lots of your wonderful sketchbook pages for us all to be inspired by.

I would love to read your comments as we kick start Sketchbook Stories.

With Love and Messy Sketchbook Pages

Heidi. M xxx

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Sketchbook Stories Workshop Coming Soon

I write to you on the cusp on 2014, and for some across the world it already is.

I would like to wish you all New Beginnings, new paint filled adventures and new sparkles to light the way.
Happy 2014 !!!

Excitingly i have a magical workshop to kick start off the New Year.
It called ''Sketchbook Stories'' and features peeks inside inspirational artists sketchbooks, as well as sketchbook prompts to take you on art adventures and if that wasn't enough they also share with you there journey into where there Sketchbook Story first began ! plus lots, lots more.
I will also be showcasing my sketchbooks and sharing videos, as well as talking you through materials that i use along with my very own sketchbook prompts.

So who are the artists ?
I am literally jumping up and down when i share that i have the following inspirational artists for 
''Sketchbook Stories''

and me...

What do you need to do to sign up ?
You just need to sign up and follow my blog, if your not already.

Who is this workshop for ?
Everyone from the artistic to the non artistic, from the seasoned Sketch-booker and journaler to the 'but those white pages put me off' to the 'why use a sketchbook'
Anyone can jump on board.

How much does this cost ?
This is totally Free ! 

As there will be sketchbook prompts it would be great of you to share what you create, this would help grow the workshop into a wonderful art gathering of ideas , but there is no obligation to do so.

What Materials do i need ?
You just need a pen, pencil and paper or you can grab a new or old sketchbook/ notebook/ journal for the new year, grab some paints, pens and pencils. 
What every you have throw it on your desk ready :) 

Meet me back here on the 8th of January 2014
where YOUR ''Sketchbook Story'' begins....

Meanwhile feel free to message me with any questions or share your thoughts on this exciting new workshop.

With Love
Heidi. M


Sunday, 10 November 2013

"Sketchbook Sessions" - A new workshop from Heidi. M

 I was sat in my studio flicking through some old sketchbooks and felt so at home, as the pages unfolded  i remembered the magical moments when a idea emerges on the blank page. A thought grown out in scribbles, paint, pen and pencil.
I wondered why i had abandoned my trusty friend sketchbook for almost 6 months and felt that my lack of attention to my dear blog was linked.

When i first came back to the creative world, my blog was the first exciting venture...and so too was "sketch-booking" as i like to call it, some people prefer the term "Journaling" 
Side by side they grew.

But lately i have been consumed with other creative adventures such as  the wonderful new chapter of custom portraits.
Anyway the sketchbooks have been calling and so too a new idea!

Here is where i would love your thoughts ?

Would you like to join in a  free Workshop ?
Would you like to be part of 5 fun weeks of Sketchbook Sessions ?
Where will fill the black pages of our journals, diaries or sketchbooks with magic, scribbles, writing, drawing, painting and collage.

I am still mapping out the bones of the workshop but my plan is to start it here on my blog in January.
It will run each week and you can drop by, join in the weekly tutorials and prompts and share you latest inspiring pages as well as have insight into guest artists pages.

So what do you think ?

Would you love to be part of the sketchbook Fun ?

Can't wait to hear from you...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Movie Magic with Heidi. M

Movie Magic
Showcasing my latest Portraits.


Ok less magic but I have a little video for you to see. You would not say its my directorial debut but i am learning about videos as its my hope to produce some little tutorials and works in progress.
Inspired by the wonderful illustration and art films out there,  i love to see how artists paint, how they develop with a painting or illustration and videos..or are they called something else ?
are a great way to show the processes.
As a person that grapples daily with the workings of a TV remote i feel i am on a uphill climb but i love a good challenge.
This is a film of my very latest custom portraits. They are going so well and i am overwhelmed and surprised at the requests i am receiving.

Love for you to share your thoughts on this little video ?

Do you have any tips ?

Have you tried filming ?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Portrait Painting and Pumpkins

 It's been a real thrill to be asked recently to create some very special portraits. This was something totally unexpected but an exciting journey in my Art & Illustration.

Straight from my cutting mat was this lovely family, This portrait was created as wedding present

Something more unique than a toaster, mind you i never got a toaster and i love Toast :) 

Commissions can be nerve wracking but i spend time going through lots of photos and sketching and making notes and its like building a story within the painting.

A recent Anniversary present commission i would also like to share with you,

I loved painting this and its now headed off to the USA to be with this lovely
stylish couple.

And lastly from my latest commissions i have this wedding card

I am enjoying working with watercolours and exploring building illustration with layers.

Its been great to do these custom art pieces and i hope to do more, but i thoroughly looking forward to exploring a few personal projects involving pumpkins.

Don't you just love a pumpkin ?

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Adventures in Art and Crafts Fairs.

Adventures in Art and Crafts Fairs.
Hello, August saw me underneath a pile of framing and packing and stressing and planning all in preparation for my first ever arts and craft fair.

I have been so busy that i never had time to blog, but i thought i would fill you all in.
The day of the Fair was so exciting, i was going to meet a favourite creative pal of mine
Kitty Pinkstars and her Tiny dog called Tiny.
I had cards and prints and original paintings, all of which was met with lots of enthusiasm.

Burt and Gladys where a favourite as was hunky Burt in his fisherman scene.

Lots of greeting cards and badges

Original Art, watercolours and paper cut art.

It was a long day, very much worth it and i would love to do another.
Usually i am Heidi the Hermit in my studio, and meeting people was a positive experience.

Have you done any Arts and Craft Fairs ?

Do you like to Visit Arts and Craft Events ?

If so what usually draws you into a stall ?

I have lots more to fill you in on, especially all about my bespoke art that i am so happy to say is doing great....more soon *
With Love

Heidi. M