David Russell Battery Palette | Premo Recipes Vol-077-A

David Russell Battery Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Military Green
2-A: Fatigues

3-A: Somber
4A: Peacetime

Those that know me well, understand that I am a peace loving Canadian who hates the thought of war… as well as the the fact that defense is even needed in the first place. That being said, I do have respect for anyone who is involved with the Military, and am grateful for the freedoms their protection and sacrifices have given our country, and all other democratic nations.

So, when I found myself wandering around the abandoned Military buildings of the David Russell Battery at Fort Stevens State Park of Oregon, I found a quiet introspective mood washing over me.

Here in this beautiful location, on the wild west coast of the Pacific Ocean, at the mouth of the Columbia River, with the wind swept trees and the waves crashing on the shoreline… were all these decaying concrete bunkers, towers, hidden ammunition storage, cannons, and other military installations… all built in 1904 in preparation of attack during both World War I and World War II.

Looking around at the structures, it was clear that it was a very scary time then, and the threat of an invasion on American soil was very real. As it turns out, Fort Stevens never ended up needing to use the facilities in hostile fire and any cannons that were fired from the fort, were for target practice only. The site was closed in 1944 and sits as a reminder of how life was during wartime in the USA.

Now, without going into it too much… although we in North America are living lives during this ‘peacetime’ era, and the need for cannons along the beach are a thing of the past… unfortunately there is still the real need for a strong military and the protection it provides. So even though things have changed since then, maybe they haven’t changed that much?

Anyway… leaving this topic, since politics and war is not what this site is about, nor do I want the discussions to go that way here in the comment threads. I felt I at least had to say something about how my experience at Fort Stevens and the David Russell Battery in particular, had an impact on my thoughts and feelings. And why I chose military type names for the color palette I created that was inspired by the photographs taken by Doug at this historic site.

I do hope you enjoy this Vol-077-A Series color palette chosen for October 2014. I think you will find the colors to be quite beautiful, despite the somber subject they were inspired by.

David Russell Battery Palette by Polymer Clay TutorThe following Vol-077 A-series David Russell Color Palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of October 2014:

  • Military Green (Recipe 077-1A)
  • Fatigues (Recipe 077-2A)
  • Somber (Recipe 077-3A)
  • Peacetime (Recipe 077-4A)


 Military Green is the dark olive green found in the algae covered concrete of the historic Military Battery. Fatigues is the soft tan color of the aged walls. Somber is the moody soft purple of the patina caused by the salts in the sea air reacting with the metal support beams and the minerals in the cement. And Peacetime is the peaceful soft blue in the highlights of the purple patina.

I do love your color palettes. I find fabulous inspiration and I’ve actually started saving the recipes now (when I first started I didn’t) but I have actually mixed up very few of them because somehow I feel like I’m cheating if I do (not that anyone else should feel this way, it’s my Color Theory and Design professor’s voice in my head). But I use them as inspiration for my own color mixing times and I find them utterly invaluable. Thank you so much for the inspiration! ~Melinda-H

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I have often looked at the “natural palette” of the Rocky Mountains where I live – azure sky, forest greens and deep clay reds – and thought that the combination was inspiring…but I didn’t let it inspire ME to actually reflect these hues in a piece of art. I am very new to polymer clay, but mixing colors and learning to select meaningful palettes for my bead projects are first and second on my list. I hope to keep an open mind to unexpected color combinations, but also to look to nature for some “tried and true” ideas. Thanks! ~Sue-P


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  1. Monique U., 22 September, 2014

    As the parent of someone in active military service, I appreciate your thoughtful remarks on the subject of preparedness, Cindy :) I, too, deplore the necessity, but am proud of those who have made this difficult choice.

    Last year I was searching for camouflage patterned canes for a project, but couldn’t find anything suitable. I would love to see that incorporated into your (very lengthy) list of future design ideas. I bet this month’s colour palette would look amazing in such a pattern :)

    Thanks again, Cindy, Doug and kids, for the continuing inspiration!

    Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion)

  2. Cindy Lietz, 23 September, 2014

    Thank you Monique for your lovely comment. I’ll have to put some thought into a camouflage cane. Others have asked for one in the past. This color palette would be a great place to start. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Dixie Ann, 22 September, 2014

    I second that Monique, would love to see a camouflage cane in the near future. Wouldn’t that make really neat gifts for our friends in the military? Thanks Cindy for Octobers wonderful color palette.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 23 September, 2014

    Will do Dixie Ann. Will have to play with it to see what I can come up with.

  5. Jocelyn C, 22 September, 2014

    Ah, Cindy, you tug at my heart. My Dad joined Army Air Force in senior year, 1945. They sent him to Alaska, then to ski school, and he finished in the Rockies during security on the mountains. Then MIT and subs.

    These were his colors. He honored them by wearing these exact shades in his home life.

    I am crying.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 23 September, 2014

    Aww, thanks for sharing your touching story Jocelyn. Glad that these colors bring back important memories for you.

  7. Jocelyn C, 23 September, 2014

    Even more touching, just before I read this, my home neighbor called to tell me she had seen my 87 year old Dad on the dock road just passing, “walking it off.” He is home, without walkers or aides, cancer free, grieving the loss of his only son due to an unexpected heart condition. My brother and my Dad shaped my world. To see those colors and your story next was the coolest thing ever, and those were tears of joy.

  8. Patt W, 24 September, 2014

    I understand you comments about conflict. The need for armed forces is so true. But, like you ,I hate that we have to have war.

    The colors in this palette are extraordinary ! Pantone color for this fall includes Orchid. The two colors in this range will be used a lot. Thanks your for all the work you and Doug, and the whole family, do for your PC clay family…….we all love and appreciate you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait for the October tute……………

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