How To Get the Color Just Right For Your Next Jewelry Making Project:
Mixing polymer clay colors is a common challenge for many beginners… and even more experienced clayers as well. So today since we are well into Spring, I thought that I’d give you a few quick tips on how to work with the color Green.
- If you are going for natural Greens such as the ones you would find in leaves, use Yellow to lighten the color and Blue to darken the color.
- If you are going for more of a graphic look to your designs, use White to lighten your Greens and Black to darken them.
- To give your Greens a lovely muted tone like some of the Olive Greens and Dark Mosses, use a small pinch of Red to tone down the color. The more Red you use the more brown the color gets so be careful and add the Red slowly.
- Purples can be used in a similar manner as Reds, to get a dusty look to your greens. Because Purple is a mix of Red and Blue, it will also darken your color as well. Go slow with Purple as well, or you will end up with mud.
- Blue and Yellow don’t always make Green. Some colors are made of many different pigments that may not mix as predictably as you would think. I find Premo colors which are based on artists pigments to be fairly predictable and easier to come up with color recipes. Kato Polyclay is also supposed to be good. Fimo can be trickier and Sculpey III is the worst.
Experimenting with your color mixing is the a good way to learn how to get colors to suit your jewelry making projects. Alternatively, you can also rely on my tried and true color recipes that are available weekly, when you subscribe to the free Polymer Clay Guest List.
If you would like to read some more articles about color palettes and color mixing polymer clay, click the “09:Color Recipes” Navigation Link in the left side bar column of this page. Or here a few direct links to recent color palette photos:
- Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Petunia Flower Blossom
- Polymer Clay Color Recipes | The Magnificent Arbutus Tree
- Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Beach Sunset Palette