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Insta Round up: Recent Sketches...

Right Now I am busying myself working on the next Limited Edition collection which is due out in March...I'm pretty excited about this one!

I've been sharing some sketches over on my Instagram account...just ideas and patterns ready to be transformed into goodies for you. I'm thinking of all things magical! Without wanting to sound naive, I just feel the world needs it right now. Occasionally escapism is a good thing.

I irregularly post found colour over on Instagram and here is this week's: The worlds smallest piece of red sea glass! Finger for scale of course...I am very lucky to live very close to the sea with a choice of several beaches within a five minute drive. Taking my children to the beach is such a treat, one loves climbing rocks, the other loves paddling and I love beach combing while we are there. Red sea glass is so rare around here, I've only ever found two pieces including this tiny chip which was flicked out of the sand on the toe of my toddler's welly boot. My nerdy beach comber heart leapt and now it's in my even nerdier 'Special Jar' (yeah, I know...)

If you want to follow along I can be found here: @bonbiforest and for #mumlife vibes, more sea glass and quite a lot of horses I have a personal feed: @bonbilee

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 13 and 14...THE FINALE!

So, at long last (only 6 months late!) here are the final two weeks of my 2016 100 Day Project!

You might notice that I managed to do two drawings for day 97. I have absolutely no idea how but hey, an extra day of drawing is never a bad thing!

Day 86: Red, green and pale peach sharpie (made all the paler by the fact it's totally running out now) with another red felt pen and black biro...Another sunset scene but I'm working on something else with sunsets and they keep seeping into all my work!

Day 87: Red, pink, gold and brain with red biro...a layered floral garden of poppies.

Day 88: This one was inspired by a glorious beach we visited and the jellyfish we found there.

Day 89: A warm but dark selection today with a green biro hint...ponies grazing under a rising moon sky.

Day 90: I really liked this combo and I really liked drawing these leaves, even though colouring the background took FOREVER!

Day 91: These colours spoke of berries and juice, a thirst quencher indeed on hot days like these!

Day 92: An illuminated letter S which was some prep for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search (in which I made the final 50!)

Day 93: ONE WEEK TO GO!! Today's selection was a kind of dull rainbow of colours but once I had rainbow in my head I couldn't think of anything else to draw, so slightly dark rainbow it is 🌈 with the addition of a little dog wondering why he's been left out in the pouring rain.

Day 94: A strangely hard combo today but I managed to conjure an underwater scene with a big blue whale and seaweeds galore 🐳

Day 95: As I get to the end of this challenge I'm finding that's one of my sharpies are really on their last legs, this pink being one of them! It gives a new way of working with marker though at least, making them kind of like pencils to use... Just 5 more days to go, my Sharpie babies, 5 more days to go! Thought I'd draw some cheeky poochers today, I love these colours together 😍🎨🐶

Day 96: Maaaan, tough combo! One thing I have learned through doing this challenge is that neon yellow goes with very little, not least orangey red and dark purple :( Never mind, florals came to the rescue (kind of) and I enjoyed badly drawing the chequered table cloth!

Day 97 Part 1: Grey, neon green and gold sharpie with berry coloured felt pen and black biro...not your normal face colours but there's nothing wrong with pink skin, green hair and golden eyes, right?

Day 97 Part 2: Pink, orange and silver with a dark green felt pen and blue biro...I was so stuck but my man told me the colours looked like fish so here we have a Koi Carp scene, happily swimming amongst the lily pads!

Day 98: Today the sharpies were all pretty pastels and then I was given a hit of red with the felt pen and black biro...Carrying on my exotic bird theme I drew this guy! Not entirely sure what he is but I liked the patterns on his back...

Day 99: That really running out pink made an appearance again today, alongside gold and berry purple with a tan felt pen and green biro...Here's a peahen among the lupines for the penultimate day of this challenge! 🌿

Day 100: What else could today be but the full Sharpie and felt tip cast from the last 100 days 🌈 !

This project was so much fun and I've got so many new ideas and some very full sketchbooks from it. I already know what I am going to do for this years project and I am quite excited to get started though it doesn't start until April. Lots of time to plan then!

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 11 and 12

Here's another two weeks of last year's 100 day project! My resolution isn't going so well is it? My only excuse is that January was SO BUSY! Thank you so much to everyone who bought from the new Creature of the Night Collection...the 100 pins all went so fast but there are still lockets and limited edition Giclee prints for the nocturnal creatures in your life.

One we go with the 100 days:

Day 71: I've drawn a person! I used to draw lots of people but recently they have fallen away in favour of florals, horses, birds and cats...something about this dark orange, neon orange, peach, purple and green combo made me want to do this scene of a contented horse and rider.

Day 72: I never thought I'd say it but it turns out you can have too much peachy pink in a selection...despite my love of all things blush I found this combo rather a challenge! Perhaps there's not enough contrast for me?

Day 73: After all of the pinks yesterday, today I had an abundance of blues to work with! The peach felt pen was a saviour and I thought some simple carnations might lend a bit of beauty to your day.

Day 74: Black, green, dark orange and tan with a blue biro...I thought I'd go dark for this one using the bright colours just in the fire rather than making them the main event...challenging!

Day 75: Bright bright colours for this one and a tropical leafy frond sort of pattern...

Day 76: Neon pink, grassy green and sky blue sharpie with a grey felt pen and red biro combined to make this cliff top scene...sea and plants, two of my favourite things!

Day 77: Darkest blue and dark purple coming out of the bag first got me worried but then the running out pink and a sky blue felt pen with a red biro perked up the combo...phew!

Day 78: Black, silver and peach sharpie with a red felt pen and black biro really isn't a combo in my usual colour sphere but it wasn't too hard to work with...

Day 79: PINK!! And not a running out pink at that...I'm working on something vibrant at the moment and this combo has helped me set the tone...

Day 80: So this combination had a pink and I didn't make it the main focal colour! Are you proud? #willpower ☺️ It was teamed with yellow and red with a black felt pen and red biro for a summertime swan sunset scene.

Day 81: I LOVED drawing this moth with all those blues and that hit of orangey red...it got a bit serious though so the final flourish was a cheeky little face!

Day 82: Brown, gold and dark pink teamed with a blue felt pen and black biro...a Greek garden scene inspired by the gorgeous images of Jasper Conran's house in the Saturday Times Magazine this week.

Day 83: Dark blue/green, black the running out pink with a red felt pen and black biro...a simple leaf pattern today with a few of the shapes inspired by the different ferns growing in our Cornish hedges at the moment, so many different types...the closed ones are my favourites, they look strangely exotic.

Day 84: Red, silver and lilac sharpie with a gold yellow felt pen and red biro...This one was a tough combo, but a golden hour mountain scene saved the day!

Day 85: Neon orange (why does that never show up its brightness here?!) sky blue, and grey sharpie with teal felt pen and blue biro...I can't draw bows but I'm pretty pleased with the bouquet!

The last post for this project will be up in a couple of days and then I actually have some new things I want to blog about (oh yes I do!) stay tuned...

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 9 and 10

Thank you for all of the Creature collection love yesterday! The rection on Instagram and Facebook has been great and there will be lots of Creature of the Night goodies flying on their little moth wings to new homes today!

So, on with my 100 day project catch up. I really need to get this finished and on the blog as the next one starts in April and at this rate I will still be updating 2016's 100 day project when i'm starting 2017's...It's a resolution to keep the blog updated this year!

The 100 day project: Weeks 9 and 10...

Day 57: Quite a contrasting palette for today's selection...I'm working on some floral patterning for other things so thought I'd try another variation here with this red, lilac, black and green with red biro.

Day 58: The orange in this is actually neon but it doesn't show here, so this one is BRIGHT! It came out of the bag with the darkest blue and this pretty pink/purple, a green felt pen and a black biro...Luckily I wanted to draw some fruit so here are some neon Satsumas!

Day 59: A lovely bright combo today for this pattern. One thing I'm loving to do in this project is layering the colours...I find it works well in combinations like this where they are mostly of a similar tone to create a bit more depth and interest!

Day 60: Dark orange, sky blue and darkest blue sharpies, dark green felt pen and green biro...it's been a few weeks since I've drawn parrots here, that most colourful of birds, so here are some more! I'd not drawn them before starting this project but they are so fun to do...there's going to be more for sure.

Day 61: Pretty in pink ponies just y'know, hanging out under a tree, being pink.

Day 62: Neon green and neon yellow (argh!) with berry pink, a dark purple felt pen and green biro was a tough one but in the end seemed to lend itself quite well to a sunset over a field of flowers scene...

Day 63: Today's combination of two Jewel/berry pinks, yellow and dark green with blue biro had a very retro vibe and so needed a retro design! Something a bit different for me but that's what this project is all about, discovering new ideas and challenging myself with the unexpected.

Day 64: Two blues, two reds and a gold made me revisit my very old Eskimo Kiss idea...back when BF was a little fledgling I had a design similar to this printed onto t-shirts. Two people having an Eskimo kiss, no lips allowed.

Day 65: I plucked three of my newest sharpies for today's drawing, they came out of the pencil case with a bright green and the colours spoke of a Calathea Triostar!

Day 66: Two greens and a pink with blue felt pen and black biro...This day was a pretty big day in the UK and I knew how i was voting.

Day 67: I was feeling pretty on this day, worrying about how the leave vote will affect my business and in turn my young family over the next few years...These pretty nasturtiums went some way to cheering me a little though, especially as this turned out to be one of my favourite drawings of the whole project!

Day 68: I was still feeling blue about the previous day's result so this combo was quite apt...

Day 69: Two greens, two yellows and a lilac brought to mind budgies...I'm quite enjoying drawing exotic birds, it's conjuring all sorts of ideas!

Day 70: A pretty combo today of green/blue, blue and pink and purple with green biro and I thought I'd play with an ombré all over fern patter inspired by plants I saw on a walk this weekend...

Just over two more weeks of this project to document here...it's actually quite nice going back over the drawings as there are so many I'd forgotten about. So many ideas to elaborate on and run with!

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Creature of the Night...

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope everyone had a fun and lovely festive season.

I still have to find some blogging time to continue with the 100 day project updates but needed to give you all a heads up about the new mini collection that just launched today!

Creature of the Night is a limited edition collection of a brand new pin, HAND GLITTERED giclee print (I know, right? Super sparkly art excitement!) and sweet new locket design. The imagery is inspired by little moths dancing towards the light, glowing flowers at dusk and the endless glittering stars above us...it all seems more apt at this time of year when the days are short and the nights long.

I hope you like the pieces. They are all strictly limited edition so once they are gone, they are gone! Click the images below to see more or head to the shop...

Creature of the Night Pin: £10 Edition of 100Creature of the Night Pin

Creature of the Night Locket: £20 Edition of 80Creature of the Night Locket

Creature of the Night Hand Glittered Giclee Print: £16 Edition of 15Creature of the Night Giclee Print

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Yeah, I know, there's Black Friday offers everywhere...

...and yes, including in the Bonbi shop, but that's only because I wanna say thank you! My mission has always been to make artwork accessible and useful and make things that inspire, raise a smile and add a little colour to life and that's only possible thanks to the support I get from you, my subscribers, followers, customers and friends!

So THANK YOU! Treat yourself with 30% off from now until Midnight on Monday using the code BLACK2016 at checkout on any order of ANYTHING!

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 7 & 8

Um, so I'm SO BEHIND on updating my blog and the 100 day project aren't I? Life sometimes takes over and exciting projects get in the way and unfortunately blogging has to take a back seat...I've been working on some very exciting things this year which I will share here as soon as I can (One of them is so big and I can't even let you know about it until March, I might burst...) but in the meantime I am going to catch up on posting about the 100 Day Project which I finished in July, so long ago!

So here goes! Weeks 7 & 8:

Day 43: The selection for this one was BRIGHT! Neon yellow and pink with grey, a green felt pen and red biro gave me a little sunset woodland scene.

Day 44: That orange that comes out more like a red gets another airing for this one next to three slightly different green/blues and a red biro...It's been days since I drew a horse, thought I'd better redress the balance!

Day 45: The thing these colours first reminded me of was my old Pony Club tie, but I wasn't about to draw that (anyone else remember those? Do they still wear them?!) so instead here's a floral pattern in yellow, purple, darkest blue and Sky blue with black biro...

Day 46: Two pinks, a brown and a green with red biro gives us an attempt at the glorious Foxgloves that are unfurling in the hedges all around...

Day 47: Sky blue, peachy orange and neon green with a light peach felt pen and green biro, I thought it time for another exotic looking butterfly...

Day 48: Lots of blues here with some pink and red...More florals and I thought I'd try this high contrast bouquet in a vase.

Day 49: Purples, pink and gold had to be a Rhododendron after a visit to a beautiful garden yesterday where the colour was strong and the sun was bright.

Day 50: I can't believe I've done 50 already...How do you like today's green biro, pink, purple, darkest blue and Sky blue scene?

Day 51: I'm kick starting the second half of this project with some pink, neon orange and blue sharpie hands that have been decorated in black felt pen and red biro...Loving this combo!

Day 52: A strangely similar combo to yesterday and another floral pattern...I'm working on something else floral pattern based so I have them on the brain right now, thinking up new elements to include!

Day 53: Ultramarine, grey, a lovely purple and a green felt pen with a red biro seemed a bit tricky at first but they soon turned into a little robin perched in a technicolour tree.

Day 54: Today gave me a very pretty combination of warm hued sharpies with a green felt pen and red biro...Hello meadow flowers!

Day 55: I drew this on a Sunday so here's a cat in a circle...of course! This one had orange, pink and purple sharpie, a very similar purple felt pen and red biro.

Day 56: Quite a hard combo today, dark green, dark purple and gold sharpies with a dark blue felt pen and a green biro...I thought I'd design a trophy and adorn it with winner ribbons and a wreath.100 Day Project

I will add more this week, only another 44 days to show you!

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100 days of random colours – weeks 5 & 6!

What is it about summer that makes life suddenly get so very BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!

I’m a bit behind updating this project on the blog, it’s day 77 in real time but here are weeks 5 & 6 for you to peruse. Some of my favourite images of the whole project so far are in these weeks…the flamingos and the sleepy deer are two!

So, on we go:

Day 29: Neon yellow, purple, peachy pink sharpie with a dark green felt pen and blue biro…Slightly jarring fruit bowl, anyone?
Day 29 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 30: Jewel toned pink and blue, a brown and a light green with black biro and we’ve got a hanging planter…I really like drawing foliage!
Day 30 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 31: A pretty combo for this one: Pink, royal blue, dark grey and golden yellow with a blue biro. I kind of like it when the biro matches a colour in the pen selection, it means I can play around with depth and detail within a colour which is always fun!
Day 31 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 32: Neon pink, Granny Smith green and dark orange sharpie, tan felt pen and black biro…I’ve been working on a commission and drawing lots of birds, I have birds on the brain, so why not another?!
Day 32 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 33: I love a bit of orange and Aqua, it’s a pretty magic combination! I made a note to myself not to try and draw tiny eyelashes with a big old Sharpie ever again…
Day 33 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 34: We are a third of the way through (or near enough)!! Such lovely orange, peach, berry pink and greens for today’s garden pattern…
Day 34 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 35: Red, dark pink, teal and green with blue biro, not the most horse coloured colours but I’ve never been one to worry about such matters as that!
Day 35 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 36: I was a bit worried when two purples and a blue appeared out if the pencil case but the tan felt pen lifted the combo and I had a bit of blue biro for details. Voila! A beach scene inspired by exploring we’d done the day before…
Day 36 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 37: This day heralded the first use of one of my new birthday sharpies (I received a new limited edition pack with several colours I don’t yet have ) a lovely grass green! Teamed with neon orange, purple, blue felt pen and red biro I drew a little golden hour sleeping deer…
Day 37 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 38: Darkest blue, brown and pink sharpie with a golden yellow felt pen and blue biro…I haven’t drawn a bouquet hand for ages so here you go!
Day 38 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 39: Neon yellow, sky blue and gold sharpies with a green felt pen and black biro, thought I’d try something a bit different for me…Still floral though, of course!
Day 39 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 40: Another golden hour scene I’m thinking this one is more of a sunrise golden hour than a sunset The horse isn’t positioned exactly where I wanted it but once I’d committed that biro there was no going back!
Day 40 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 41: Flamingos! I mean, what else could I draw with this pen selection?!
Day 41 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Day 42: A good clashy colour combo for this one: purple, green and neon orange sharpie, yellow felt pen and green biro… A bit at a loss of what to draw I had a go at copying the floral pattern on my pyjama bottoms!
Day 42 Lee May Foster-Wilson-Bonbi Forest
Phew! More week and colour combos coming soon, in the meantime you can catch up with the rest on my Instagram: @bonbiforest ! It’s going well, I’ve only missed one day so far…amazing!

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100 Days of random Colours…Week 4

I’ve got a bit behind in posting these updates haven’t I? I’ve been busy working on a couple of commissions lately which I am so excited to share but I can’t yet!

Here’s week 4 of this project. It’s going well, just one colour howler in there of too many dark colours mixed with too many greens…that one was really hard!

Day 22: A colourful selection called for a rainbow of course…This one is reflected in a lake of lily pads, though I realised afterwards I should have put a frog in there!#100daysofrandomcolours Day 22 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi Forest Day 23: Another colourful selection, weirdly similar to yesterday’s but with slightly different pens…I’ve never done parrots before but these colours spoke to me of their tropical vibes.#100daysofrandomcolours Day 23 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestDay 24: Golden pony in the sunshine! Despite the brown felt pen, the combination of neon yellow and pink with green biro gave this a surprisingly pastel look…#100daysofrandomcolours Day 24 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestDay 25: This one was HARD! Hence the slightly homework still life vibe it’s got going on…I mean what to do with black, darkest blue, brown and neon green with more green in the biro?!#100daysofrandomcolours Day 25 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestDay 26: So I know strawberries aren’t in anyway in a similar fruit vein to oranges and lemons but that’s what i thought of when I saw these colours so that’s what I drew…#100daysofrandomcolours Day 26 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestDay 27: Two purples, blue and and a tan felt pen with black biro…I thought I’d draw a sleepy cat squashing some flowers.#100daysofrandomcolours Day 27 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestDay 28: Pink, blue and gold sharpie with brown felt pen and red biro were plucked from the pencil case and inspired by a ride to the beach the day before, so emerged this cliff top scene.#100daysofrandomcolours Day 28 | Lee May Foster-Wilson -- Bonbi ForestI’ll catch up with weeks 5 and 6 very soon! In the meantime if you’d like to see more search for me (@bonbiforest) over on Instagram where I am keeping up with these daily!

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Pins pins pins!

Pin badges seem to be having a bit of a renaissance at the moment and I have jumped on the bandwagon with a couple of Bonbi pin designs!

Be Brave has been one of my most popular pendant designs and after a few requests I have turned it into a pin too. It is slightly smaller than it’s pendant cousin but is available in the same gold or silver plate and is another little reminder that in times of self doubt, to take heed of your inner Lionheart…Bonbi Forest - Be Brave PinI also have some Personalised Pony Pins! These guys are already proving to be a hit. They are available as they are in pink or blue and in gold or silver plate or you can have an initial hand stamped in the heart on the pony’s bottom! Too cute.Bonbi Forest - Pony PinsBonbi Forest - Pink Pony PinsBonbi Forest - Personalising Pony PinsAll are available for £8 and with free shipping (Unless you buy something else from the shop too, then normal shipping applies) Head to the brand new Badges section of the shop to see more!Bonbi Forest - New Pins May 2016

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