Cedar Cone Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Cedar Cone Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-044-A Series [Premo Sculpey]
1A: Yellow Cedar
Juniper Berry
3A: Cedar Cone
4A: Cedar Bark

With all the crazy hustle and bustle that happens over the Holiday season, sometimes you just need to slow down and take the time to smell the roses… or in this case… smell the cedar boughs.

Winter is a great time to appreciate the heady scent of evergreen trees, and enjoy what little color there is in the outdoors during this chilly season.

Most of the garden plants where I live up here in Western Canada, have died back and lost their vibrant colors of Fall. The sky is mostly gray, the leaves are brown and rotting, and there seems to be little to find out there for inspiration… color wise that is… Unless you look at things closely!

The other day when my daughter Willow said she was heading outside to take some color recipe pictures for me, I looked through the window at the dismal landscape and thought to¬† myself… Good luck with that! Of course I did not say it out loud, since it is never right to squelch someone’s artistic plans.

And to my delight when Willow came back inside, she had a camera full of color inspiration that was impressive to behold. I’m so proud of her blossoming skills as a budding photographer.

Anyway, today’s photo is of a tiny 10mm bead sized seed cone on our huge Yellow Cedar tree in the front yard. It was snapped with a macro lens that did a brilliant job of capturing all the natural color and detail so beautifully. I hope you enjoy the image, as you allow your imagination to smell its amazing woodsy scent!

The following recipes for this Vol-044 A-series color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library in January 2012:

  • Yellow Cedar (Recipe 044-1A)
  • Juniper Berry (Recipe 044-2A)
  • Cedar Cone (Recipe 044-3A)
  • Cedar Bark (Recipe 044-4A)

Yellow Cedar is the bright Yellow/Green of the cedar bracts that are just visible in the blurred background of this photo. Juniper Berry is the Bluish, Purple-y Gray of the outer layer of the cedar cone. Cedar Cone represents the light Suede Brown of the opening cedar cone as it releases the seeds inside. And Cedar Bark is the dark Red/Brown of the ruffled edges of the cone where it meets the Blue outer rim.

The way you describe the colors is artistry in itself Cindy. There must be a poet in you somewhere. ~Angela-M

I love your description of the color palettes. Your experience in mixing the clay colors is desperately needed by me – an old lady beginner! Thanks for the best website on polymer clay I have ever found. At last – I am learning something.~Pamela-R

Hi Cindy. I was thrilled to discover your site and so happy to see the color recipes. I’m brand new to this and am happily overwhelmed with all the possibilities. Your info and kindness is unbelievable! ~Lucian-T


If you would like more information about the Members Library, here are some direct links:

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Order Page for Color Recipe and Video Back Issue Packages
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  1. Monique U, 12 December, 2011

    How fantastic is that? Willow, you chose to focus in in a small detail, which resulted in a beautiful display much more enlightening than a picture of the whole tree would have been. Great instinct!

    I Wiki’d the Yellow Cedar, since they don’t grow here on the East Coast. It came up as “Nootka Cypress”. I wonder if this actually the same species?

    By the way, I look forward to your colour recipes as much as the videos, Cindy. I try to train my unruly colour sense by guessing what you have mixed to get a particular shade or tint. Browns are one of my favorites, and these look lovely!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 20 December, 2011

    Thank you for your kind words to Willow, Monique. She loves getting feedback on her work. Yes the Nootka Cyprus is another name for the Yellow Cedar. Seems there is debate over what it should be called, but all I know, is that it is pretty, it smells great and it is in my front yard. lol

    Have a wonderful holiday, and thank you for being part of our claying family!

  3. Linda K., 12 December, 2011

    Willow, you are so lucky to have a mother who understands the artistic eye! You see what most other people don’t even know is there. You are one talented young lady!

    This reminds me of the Christmas that I received my first camera, along with a roll of black and white film, when I was about 12. It had snowed on Christmas Eve and the branches of all the trees were covered in white, so I walked through a wooded area in the neighborhood taking photos of the trees. When my parents had the film developed, they were totally baffled. Why had I wasted a roll of film on trees? There weren’t even any leaves on them! God bless them–they just didn’t get it, LOL.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 20 December, 2011

    I loved your little camera story Linda and meant to comment on it when you posted it last week. I must have got swept away by the Christmas Tide, because I am only getting back to it now!

    Your parents were probably of the frame of mind that photos are only for recording events like vacations and capturing portraits of people in staged poses. Most people think like this. (They also usually include way too much background and put the subject perfectly in the center.) Good photography IMO captures what your eyes often miss and focuses in on something that would be hard to remember without the photograph.

    The awesome thing about today and digital cameras is that it doesn’t matter what you shoot, you can always delete it. Kids are handed the camera way more often and people are not worried about saving the film for something important. This leads to much more interesting shots being taken.

    These days your parents would have cared less about the trees, and would have been happy that you were spending time doing something creative and not just playing video games like all the other kids! :-)

  5. Linda K., 21 December, 2011

    You’re so right, Cindy. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was a kid and, for us, developing film, even black and white, was expensive. My parents felt like I had wasted the film. Digital photography is a wonderful thing because, once you own the camera, it costs nothing to practice taking photos. I don’t remember why I requested a camera that Christmas, but my parents did expect that I would use it to take photos of the family and my friends. I didn’t go out with the intention of taking photos of trees, but they caught my eye and I thought they were beautiful. It’s really too bad that I didn’t have an artistic mentor when I was young. Willow is so lucky to have you and Doug.

  6. Cherie, 12 December, 2011

    What a brilliant photo. Willow you are an amazing photographer; you see color and beauty where others might just see a dreary landscape. Your skills are amazing too, its a piece of art.

  7. pollyanna, 14 December, 2011

    Love the organic,earthy tones in these colors

  8. pattw35, 14 December, 2011

    What a delightful story about the Cedar. No wonder your family is talented. You really know how to :SEE”.

    Sadly, we in the SW ( Tucson Az) never get to actually see this type of cedar. What an eye opener. Color everywhere. Pretty pretty

  9. DawnB, 14 December, 2011

    Cedar! One of my favorite scents. My in-laws’s cabin in Michigan has wonderful cedar panelling.
    Very nice color palette, beautiful photo.

  10. Gail W, 14 December, 2011

    Thanks very much, Cindy. I love help! And need it. I’m sure glad to have found your polymer clay group, and hope to add to it once I get going.I lost my fav book – How to make Polymerclay Beads – I don’t know where it went,so I’m really, really glad to find you. I’ve got your blog on my front page, so as to not miss anything! Thanks, Gail

  11. Cindy Lietz, 20 December, 2011

    Welcome to our Clay Family Gail! It is great to have you here. I am so happy that you are excited to be learning with the rest of us!

    Thank you everyone for your sweet comments! I hope that everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season and are not getting too stressed with all the preparations. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!!

  12. Stacey W, 20 January, 2012

    Hi all, I just joined today…what piqued my interest most were the color recipes. I haven’t found the one for cedar bark. Is it here, or still to come?

  13. Monique U, 21 January, 2012

    Stacey W: Great to hear from another new member at the best bargain on the web! Yes, you’re right; the Cedar Bark recipe (4A) will be made available to members next Friday. We get one colour of the new palette each Friday (4X a month). While I have lots of fun trying Cindy’s great clay and beading techniques, I too am fascinated by the science? art? of colour mixing. The earthtones were always my faves, but now Cindy is making me look at the brighter flower tones with a new appreciation!

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