Crocus Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Crocus Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-048-A Series [Premo Sculpey]
1A: Crocus
3A: Soft Periwinkle
4A: Royal Purple

This close-up photo of a Crocus bulb in bloom, shot by my 15 year old daughter Willow, almost looks as though it has been pulled from a painting. It’s as if Mother Nature grabbed her art brushes and gently laid down strokes of soft purple oil paints until this beautiful flower emerged on the canvas.

As anyone who has been following this blog must know by now… I am awestruck by the magnificent beauty of nature. The art that surrounds us every day by just stepping outdoors, is a constant inspiration for me. If you stop for a moment and observe the colors, shapes, smells and sounds that are swirling around our every day environments, you’ll never get stagnant or stuck for creativity. Your Muse is always there… if you only just open your eyes to see it.

Happily for me, Willow and her Dad Doug are also inspired by the beauty of nature. They capture its splendor in the beautiful nature photographs that get shared here at the blog, for all of you to see and be inspired by as well. It truly is a labour of love.

And to take the concept one step further, the photographs allow me to create unique color palettes that everyone can use for making beautiful polymer clay beads and art jewelry projects.

It is amazing really, that a tiny little crocus flower, blooming under a tree in a park in Surrey British Columbia, Canada, has the potential to live on in the jewelry of artists all throughout the world… around the neck of a young girl in England… or perhaps pinned to the suit of a business woman in New York… or even strung through a cord of leather on a surfer in Australia. These purple shades could turn up anywhere… truly incredible if you really think about it!

So any ways, without getting too much more philosophical, I should probably just present the Vol-048 A-series color palette that will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library during the month of May 2012:

  • Crocus (Recipe 048-1A)
  • Amethyst (Recipe 048-2A)
  • Soft Periwinkle (Recipe 048-3A)
  • Royal Purple (Recipe 048-4A)


Crocus named for the soft medium hue Lavender Purple on the tips of this Purple Crocus blossom. Amethyst is the deeper Fuchsia based Purple found further down the petals of the Crocus. Soft Periwinkle is the pale Lavender Purple on the ruffled edges and in the highlights of the bloom. And Royal Purple is the deep rich regal Purple found at the base and in the shadows of this beautiful Spring Flowering Bulb.

Love the colours! What’s great about being on the other side of the world to you guys (New Zealand) is that when it is our autumn (fall) and winter, it is your spring and summer and all the beautiful colours that you guys have come out to play (especially in Cindy’s clay!!) ~Sandra-J

Hi Cindy. Just got my gardening bulbs flowers catalog and I never will look at them the same. I have taken art classes in high school and I enjoy painting and now I’m learning from your color recipes how you are influenced by nature. Thanks for your inspiration. I also look forward to your tutorials every week. Very excited about what you are offering here. I can see it is a labor of love. Take care you two, so you can continue to offer more and more. ~Patty-J

I began beading about 7 years ago with a love for natural stone beads and jewelry making. I recently developed an interest in polymer clay as a way to enhance my jewelry designs. The versatility of polymer clay and the endless possibilities for color blends and designs are truly unique to this medium. I have also been very fortunate to find talented polymer clay artists such as Cindy Lietz who graciously share their skills by teaching new artists the basics and beyond to make learning new techniques fun and easy. I look forward to sitting at my computer every Friday to see my new video tutorial and color recipes and refer back to the tutorials often when starting new projects. My inventory of polymer clay and clay tools are quickly growing to match my bead collection! ~Ann-P


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  1. pollyanna, 16 April, 2012

    Wow ! This palette really has it all. I don’t know how you do it but please don’t stop !!

  2. Teresa DeFilippis, 16 April, 2012

    The pix is gorgeous!! Is there a way to obtain a copy? The colors just WOW me. I could look at them forever. Willow has a skill that will take her far.

  3. Jeanne C., 16 April, 2012

    I love crocus flowers. And I LOVE the new color palette. :)

  4. Cherie H, 16 April, 2012

    I love this palette and I am going to be doing something with these colors for my daughter. Purple is her favorite color. FYI, saffron which is a very delicate flavored spice and found mainly in India, Spain is used to flavor food. It is the most expensive spice and it’s worth more than gold (by weight). It is harvested from the stamens of the crocus sativus plant. It takes 150 000 crocus sativus flowers to harvest one kilo of stigmas and around 5 kilos of stigmas to make one kilo of dried saffron useable as a spice.

  5. Monique U, 16 April, 2012

    Cherie, I remember reading that saffron was used as currency in the distant past… now I can understand why! Fascinating how these tiny pistils, almost hidden within the lovely petals, can command such an elevated price when transformed by the artistry of cultivation, harvest and specialized dehydration.

    As always, the talented Leitz family encourages us to look ahead to next month in beautiful shades of clay, to accompany the vibrant onset of greenery and floral brilliance!

  6. pattw35, 18 April, 2012

    Thanks for the wonderful info. I never dreamed it was so scarce. Your input helps us realize so much about our plants. It certainly is an OLD flower…………

  7. Sandra J, 16 April, 2012

    I absolutely adore purple, and these are outstanding colours, by the way I am in New Zealand, not Australia (bit like canadians being called american :) )

  8. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 16 April, 2012

    Oops… sorry ’bout the Kiwi-Ozzie mix up. It’s all fixed now ;-)

  9. Elizabeth Kerr, 18 April, 2012

    Hi Sandra J and all,
    My favorite colours, Cindy, you have got right to my soul.
    Why do I love the Purple pallette so much?., must be my age, but I am sure it is not confined to us oldies. such a range thru the colours, and purples look so good with any number of other colours, and always look fab in anything Poly.
    Yes I am also always amazed at how nature puts colours together in such a beautiful way, nothing ever clashes, and if I am looking for a colour pattlette, I just have to look at a flower, (of course after I have been thru my Ciny recpies)
    Thanks Cindy, keep em coming, so beautiful.
    Sandra J,
    Where are you in N. Z. ? I am in Auz, (altho came here from N.Z. ) I like your comparision about the As and Cs, and as we are only across the ditch !! so to speak, we get that mix up here, both being at the bottom of the world. Yes we are in our Fall ( Autumn) season here and it is nice to know up there they have got past their winter and can see the beautiful spring flowers arriving. I call Crocuses, Fressias, a bit like them anyway, and ours in
    N.Z. were usually cream, with like Cindy said,strokes of purple col hues that nature had taken her paint brush to and gently painted them with, and what a scent too.
    Bye for now, Love to all E. XXXXX

  10. Lisa Whitham, 17 April, 2012

    Hi Everybody!!

    I don’t know if Cat let you all know yet, but Michaels has polymer clay for .99 cents a block. Premo included. And don’t forget, if they are out of the color(s) you want, you can order them in bulk (from 1 block to ?) at the sale price. It will take approx. 10 days for your bulk order to come in. WooHoo! For once I got to the sale before all the colors were gone. I stocked up yesterday morning – HA! Like I really needed to. *rolls eyes* But I just couldn’t resist at that price!! *big grin*

    Peace, Love, & Clay,
    ~Lisa :)

  11. pattw35, 17 April, 2012

    OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I love purple, I love purple, I LOVE PURPLE !! Doing a happy dance. I could swim in this palette – did I say I love purple… Can’t wait. This will be my #1 for a long time…………

  12. Anna Sabina, 17 April, 2012

    This week at Michael’s. Polymer clay is 99 cents and the BIG KICK Die Cutter is 40% off.

  13. Lesley Symons, 18 April, 2012

    I’m loving this colourway! Just beautiful ….

  14. Elaine Faulks, 20 April, 2012

    How stunning the crocus palette is and the beautiful photo taken by Willow took my breath away.

    Last year my sister sent me a lovely little book called ” The Language of Flowers”. It is all hand written and was a gift from a loving husband to his wife on her birthday in August 1913. The illustrations are charming and it must have been a real labor of love. First published in Great Britain in 1968 it has been reprinted 11 times up until 1990.

    I often dip into this tiny book that has a purple Pansy with five blooms (all different shades) on both front and back covers.

    Cindy calls this her Johny Jump Up flower and looking again at her tutorial makes me think how lucky we are that our tutor loves the tiny flowers as much as the big blooms.

    So a big thank you to all the Lietz family ……………………………………………………………..cheers xx

  15. Phaedrakat, 27 April, 2012

    Wow…this palette is truly stunning. Love purples, love the photo, love the colors Cindy chose to create! Amazing, you Lietz’s — this month’s colors have just blown me away!!!

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