Budding Artist Palette | Premo Sculpey Vol-058-B

Budding Artist Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-B: Emerging
4B: Branching Out

Today’s color palette inspiration was taken from a plant I have shown previously, in at least a couple different stages of its growth cycle. But since each phase looks different from the next, I thought it would be fun to share this budding stage today.

Plus, it parallels quite nicely with all of us who aspire to become better artists, whether we are brand new to the game, or have been around for quite some time. All of us are budding, emerging, blossoming and branching out during our artistic journeys, just like this budding Viburnum shrub is doing in the photo our daughter Willow has taken for us.

Just to jog your memory, here are the past color recipes created from photos of the Viburnum Bush growing in our front garden:

Viburnum Palette (Berries)

Viburnum Pod Palette

I hope you enjoy this inspiring Spring palette for the Vol-058-B recipe Series.

Budding Artist Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

Everyone who is subscribed to our Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the following recipes free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of March 2013:

  • Emerging (Recipe 058-1B)
  • Budding (Recipe 058-2B)
  • Blossoming (Recipe 058-3B)
  • Branching Out (Recipe 058-4B)

Emerging is a lovely muted neutral cream color, found right along the base of the emerging Viburnum buds. Budding is the soft coral pink of the tips of the petals, long before they have a chance to open up. Blossoming is the dusty pink in the highlights of the branches. And Branching Out is the pastel brown shade of the branches of the viburnum shrub.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-058 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-058 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of March, then click here: Jonquil Daffodil Palette

Hi Cindy. I’ve purchased color palettes in the past from a different website, and I was disappointed because the recipes did not match the colors. As a matter of fact, the colors all came out looking almost the same (i.e. the pinks all looked alike, and so forth). If you do them I know they will be right. ~Angela-M

Thanks for the recipes Cindy! Getting a tried and true recipe for a certain colour is a real time-saver, no guess work or experimenting required. Not that experimental colours don’t come in handy, but if you want that ‘just so’ colour, recipes are so appreciated. ~Tina-H

I am really “addicted” to your weekly colors and recipes…. Thanks! ~Janine-K


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Order Page for Color Recipe and Video Back Issue Packages
Become A Full Member at the Library

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  1. I agree with Patt, YUM! These are such pretty colors. Not even close to Spring yet here. We are having a huge snow storm again but really need the moisture being in a such a dry area of the country. Just another excuse to stay inside and build my cane making skills which by the way Cindy, the Holly Berry Cane came out terrific! I watched your video so many times and went back over all your instructions, I added translucent and very carefully and patiently got it down to about the size of a quarter, nickel and dime size canes. It turned out GREAT! I think the light bulb came on during this process and I am in clay heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your guidance, I am so pumped up now to tackle the next one.!

  2. Cindy, I am subscribed to your video tutorials and color recipes. I love seeing your name in my inbox. There is always something new and exciting. Thank you.

  3. My new resolution is to start making the color recipe cards. i don’t record any of my colors I make and they are truely one of a kind. I have improved a lot since metting Cindy and practicing new techniques. So this is the next step.

    One ??? is that someone thinks a flexible polymer is not strong becauce it bends. I back for an hour and I tested a very thin leaf and no break, My past experience has been they break because I was following pkg instructions. How do I answer this ??? to customers. Or is it that I am not confident yet myself? The other Cindy

    • I think the best thing you can do Cindy P is to show them a thin piece of polymer clay that has been baked properly and get them to try and break it. They’ll see that it takes quite a bit abuse before it’ll break. If you can’t show them yourself, you could always show them my YouTube video where I test baking polymer clay at 10 min vs 60 min time trials. That should be enough to convince them. For your older pieces, just re-bake them if you can and that will strengthen them up! Oh, I saw you are going to Synergy 3. Say hi to everyone for me!

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