Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges

Welcome to the second installment of my weird ‘let’s use all the stuff’ limited palette mixed media self-imposed challenge.

If you’re 100% confused right now, then head over to the first post where I explain everything.

Like I mentioned before, feel free to join in and share what you’re doing, I’m @embersonthehearth in Instagram. And, be aware that I an not an artist, I just like making things because it’s fun.

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Challenge #02

This time around I remembered to turn the eye protection tint off on my phone before selecting material, so things will be closer to what they are supposed to be (unlike last time when everything was warmer).

Of course, I went with what I had, so colours will be approximations and not exact matches. But I did try to be as close as possible.

This is palette number 2:

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

And these are my materials. Lots of pinks and peaches, very few oranges and even less greys. You may notice the absolute lack of paints, I could’ve mixed the colours, but I’m trying to avoid doing that. The colours are a bit warmer in real life, this photo was taken under a cold white light bulb.

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

Piece 01

Media: mixed papers, acrylic markers.

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

I liked the fabric weaving so much on the previous challenge that I tried to do it with paper this time around. Not a big fan, but it’s there I guess. Can’t all be winners, right?

Pieces 02 and 03

Media: mixed papers, acrylic markers, pencil, felt tip pen

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

These are a set of 2. It was actually one of the last things I did and I was using up little scraps of paper. Another one I’m not a big fan of, I think I could’ve placed the triangles differently and the lines in the background are a bit too dark.

Piece 04

Media: mixed fabrics, mercerised cotton thread, beads, sequins, paper, paper flower, zipper, feather.

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

I really like this one. I used so many different things! My slow stitching is usually quite minimalistic compared to what most people usually do, so this was a very different experience. The zipper opens to reveal a pink polka dot fabric underneath.

Piece 05

Media: watercolour, pencils, felt tip pen, fine liner, sequins

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

A cute mushroom. Not much to say about it, other than I copied the mushroom idea from my daughter. The background is watercolour, and the mushroom is mostly pencils and fineliner.

Piece 06

Media: mixed fabrics, yarn, mercerised cotton thread, ribbon, sequins, glass bead

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

Another slow stitching piece, except this one is much more my usual style. The spiral was crocheted, mostly because I had no more dark fabric and no other large embellishments.

Piece 07

Media: watercolours, pencils, papers

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

This was so much work! Never again. Cutting all the flowers and lilypads took absolutely forever.

I painted the background, then shaded it, and then stuck all the stuff on top. Finally, I shaded all the collage paper bits.

Piece 08

Media: watercolour, watercolour pencils, pencils, acrylic markers, felt tip pens, paper, mercerised cotton thread.

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

I did this one following a Skillshare class. I don’t like it at all, but I loved the class and learnt a lot. I just fell I really overworked this one.

Piece 09

Media: pencils, mercerised cotton thread, nail polish

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

My daughter has a tartan shirt in these colours and I wanted to do something similar. I like it, it’s shiny (because of the nail polish) and textured.

Piece 10

Media: pencils

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

One of my very few non-abstract pieces. I used a photo as a reference, but changed the colour around to suit what I had.

I really like it, especially considering I don’t really enjoy drawing things that look like real things!

Pieces 11, 12, and 13

Media: paper, felt tip pen

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

These were so much fun to make! Most of the paper is scrapbooking paper, except for the stars that are post-it notes.

Piece 14

Media: assorted yarns

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

I tried freeform crochet for the first time. I’ve been crocheting for almost 30 years, and had never tried to do it before. It’s a bit stressful to let go, but once you do, it’s quite fun.

I really like it.

Piece 15

Media: pencil

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

Just a simple doodle. I loved doing this one, and the effect is pretty cool.

And an extra one

Media: yarn

Limited palette mixed media art challenge: slate grey and pale oranges / Embers on the Hearth

I needed a headband to protect my ears from the wind (my city is very windy), and I decided to use two of the yarns I had selected for this challenge.

I don’t knit often, I find it a bit boring to be honest. I’m more of a crochet person. But this was easy enough.

Afterthoughts

This colour palette was so hard to use at first! I love grey, but I don’t often go for lighter or pastel shades, unless it’s pure white. Bur after a while, I got used to it and I ended up enjoying it and I was surprised when I reached 15 pieces.

I am discovering that I really enjoy using pencils, I like collages, and I prefer simpler pieces.

Challenge #02 was a nice challenge that pushed me out of my comfort zone and got me doing things I wouldn’t have otherwise.

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