Hawkweed Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-071-B

Hawkweed Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-B: Hawkweed

Well, much like the color palette we did last month inspired by the lowly Wild Tansy, this new palette is based on another weed flower by the name of the OrangeĀ  Hawkweed.

The Latin name for the Orange Hawkweed is Hieracium aurantiaca, but it goes by many different common names including Fox and Cubs (the open flowers are the Foxes and the tiny unopened ones the Cubs),Devil’s Paintbrush, Red Daisy, King Devil, Devil’s Weed, Orange Paintbrush and Flameweed.

Judging by some of the names, it is not liked very much. Apparently it is a real bugger to remove from your fields should it ever take hold. And according to my research it is a real problem pretty much across all of North America. In Ontario it is considered an alien wildflower. In Minnesota it is referred to as an invasive species, noxious weed and the word ERADICATE in bold letters.

As for the name Hawkweed, the plant that originated in Europe, was once believed it drinking its juice would improve eyesight making one see like a hawk. But don’t try it… herbology is not to be dabbled in by amateurs.

Anyway, I thought these little tid bits of info were interesting, and wanted to share them with you.

Doug took the picture during our 2013 Summer PcT Roadtrip… on the banks of the Skykomish River in Washington State.

I do hope you enjoy this color inspiration for our Vol-071-B recipe series. I think they will truly be stunning in your polymer clay projects for April 2014 and beyond!

Hawkweed Palette by Polymer Clay TutorEveryone 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 April 2014:

  • Hawkweed (Recipe 071-1B)
  • Flameweed (Recipe 071-2B)
  • Paintbrush (Recipe 071-3B)
  • Darkness (Recipe 071-4B)

[wp_ad_camp_1]Hawkweed is the vibrant orange color of the outer petals of the Hawkweed flower. Flameweed is the hot fire yellow at the center of the blossoms. Paintbrush is the deep fuchsia purple of the Hawkweed bud before it opens. And Darkness is the purpley navy blue of the smaller lower buds (the Cubs) that just may never get the chance to open like those of the Fox.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-071 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to the Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-071 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of April,s then click here: River Flow Palette

I don’t know how you continue to come up with all the new colors but I’m glad you do. ~Jeanne-C

Your color palettes are always gorgeous. You do such a good job of making matches to photos. ~Freda-K

Color can make (or break) a design if you are a little bit “off” color it can ruin hours of careful work. So big thanks to Cindy, I now know I can take her tips and tricks and run with them. well only as far as the oven. ~Elaine-F


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  1. Monique U., 24 March, 2014

    Wow, these are so vivid :)

    (A Half-Baked Notion)

  2. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2014

    I Know! Kind of wakes you up after a long Winter Eh?

  3. Dixie Ann, 25 March, 2014

    The colors are gorgeous and the flower although it obviously is a pain to some is actually quite beautiful and would certainly be a challenge to make with polymer clay. I really love the vivid colors in this pallet but then I have never found one I didn’t like! Thanks Cindy

  4. elaine faulks, 28 March, 2014

    I love this colourful flower and the first time I saw it was magical. We were on holiday and decided to visit an open air Museum
    ( When our motorways were constructed many old buildings had to be demolished, some going back to the 14th century). Luckily the Museum owners were called in and it took many months to carefully deconstruct each historical cottage, barn etc. brick by brick. They were all numbered, every brick, rafter, door, window etc. Then re-located in a beautiful setting on the rolling green downs. You can walk inside each building and it is all displayed with artifacts that would have been used at the time. In the workshops people are working at the ancient crafts.
    We watched the blacksmith make stunning wrought iron garden furniture and chairs made from old horse shoes. We toiled up the hill where two tiny cottages stood. The ladies were making lace and it reminded me of my Grandma’s kitchen with old range and lace chair -backs covering the upholstery to protect it. But it was the two gardens that interested us most. Every manner of herb, wild flower,’ vegetable and fruit tree were there. All ancient plants that had been rescued, harvested and the seeds planted in these two tiny cottage gardens.

    There I spotted the blazing orange, red and yellow flowers. Most of the plants had a label giving the Latin name. ( I collect old books so as soon as I got home I looked it up). I have never seen it growing anywhere before and have traveled to many parts of the United Kingdom, as because it is so invasive most would have been “put to death”
    So a big thank you Cindy, now I can have the Hawkweed palette to add to my collection………………..cheers xx……..

  5. Cindy Lietz, 28 March, 2014

    Elaine your writing makes me want to hop on a plane and get out to see England right this very instant! (Oh btw my brother and his wife and children are traveling in London and Paris right now… I will be picking them up from the airport tomorrow. Sure wish I’d have hidden in their luggage when they left. I’d love to come meet you in person!)

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