Idaho Fields Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-070-B

Idaho Fields Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-B: Idaho Fields
Big Sky
Scrub Brush

Sometimes I just love a neutral color palette. And nature is so great at delivering neutrals!

Like this peaceful look out over the vast fields and rolling hills of Idaho that Doug photographed on our last PcT Roadtrip. The rich tan colors of the stalks left behind on the recently harvested grain fields. The deep brown of the random patches of scrub bush. And the dark gray of the endless paved roads that wind their way through the State. All calming neutrals on this Idaho landscape.

And what better color to set this whole palette off, but a soft wispy shy blue? Nature makes the best artist! Color mixing expert extraordinaire!

So I figured, why not borrow a little color inspiration from Ol’ Mother Nature herself, and give you this earthy neutral color palette inspired by a drive through the fields of Idaho?

I do hope you enjoy this color inspiration for our Vol-070-B recipe series. I think they will truly be stunning in your polymer clay projects for March 2014 and beyond!

Idaho Fields 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 March 2014:

  • Idaho Fields (Recipe 070-1B)
  • Big Sky (Recipe 070-2B)
  • Pavement (Recipe 070-3B)
  • Scrub Brush (Recipe 070-4B)

[wp_ad_camp_1]Idaho Fields is the rich dark tan color found in the spent stalks of the recently harvested grain fields. Big Sky is the airy soft blue of the sky as it meets the far off horizon. Pavement is the dark smoky gray of the roads as they wind through the fields of Idaho. And Scrub Bush is the dark yellow brown of the random patches of scrub bush along the side of the road.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-070 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-070 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of March, then click here: Wild Tansy Palette

Great Picture!! I really appreciate the inclusion of the color palette samples against the picture so that we can see the color against the source of inspiration for it. Really makes it more informative and inspiring for us to try our hand at it. ~MJ

Hi, Cindy and Doug! I was SO delighted when I saw the recipe for Sea Glass come around again, just as Doug said it would! I think I yelled “YAY!” when I saw it in my inbox, and then hoped I hadn’t awakened my hubby. Then I shot a quick email to my friend in Oz, Elizabeth, who is a member here, and who knew I had been searching for it. Thanks for making it come ’round again! ~Kay-H

Wow!! Congratulations on completing 50 Volumes! You are an amazing artist. Love, love all the recipes – the colors and the names. ~Cherie-H


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  1. Dixie Ann, 24 February, 2014

    Thank you Cindy for another great palette of colors. I have a question on using paste or glue when applying polymer clay to glass. Polypaste is a great product for this but it does leave “spots” that you can see through the glass. Could I substitute a clear Elmers glue instead or do you know of a glue that would dry clear and adhere the clay other than Super glue that would withstand the heat?

  2. Cindy Lietz, 25 February, 2014

    Hi Dixie Ann, than you for the nice comment! I haven’t tried that so I don’t have a definitive answer for you but I have a couple of ideas that might work. Weldbond dries clear, is waterproof when dry and sticks to glass so it might work. Two part epoxy might work. And a product I have been hearing about a lot lately is genesis heat set thick medium. (Polymer Clay Express carries it.) Hope that helps a little. Let us know if you figure something out. I’ll put it on the list for future PcT Test Labs. Good luck!

  3. Dixie Ann, 25 February, 2014

    Thanks for the suggestions Cindy. I have Weldbond so will try that right off. Not to crazy about those 2 part epoxies but I will check out that Genesis Heat Set. That sounds extremely interesting! Did you catch the Goblets I posted on Pinterest and FB? I used a much lighter mix in my abalone this time and really like it.

  4. elaine faulks, 25 February, 2014

    Hi Cindy
    Now I know what SHY blue looks like!!
    Never been to Idaho but sure looks BIG. Your combination of colours are great, must bring back memories of your PCT road trip, and that SHY blue is just what I have been looking for to make my miniature Hydranger blossoms so thanks for all your dedication to colour…..cheers xx……..

  5. Cindy Lietz, 25 February, 2014

    Me too Elaine… I too now know what SHY blue looks like! At first I didn’t know what you were talking about but then found my typo. I love the idea of a shy blue…. think I’ll leave it! Good eye!

  6. elaine faulks, 25 February, 2014

    Hi Cindy,
    I Love all your wonderful colours and the words you weave around them, so here is a poem just for you (and anyone else who love your stories and what inspires them)

    It’s Wet Wet Wet in this fair Isle (UK)
    The Sun is rarely seen
    It’s Rain, Rain, Rain, and then MORE Rain
    The most I have ever seen

    Oh! shining Globe where art though?
    Up there behind the clouds
    What have we done to upset you?
    That you hide away for hours.

    The flowers all need your glowing warmth
    And bees stay stuck at home
    They cannot collect the nectar
    We do not hear their drone.

    The birds stay hidden in their nests
    Bedraggled, a soggy sight
    Oh! Sun, please, please shine down for us
    We are in a sorry plight.

    There’s a Robin in my garden
    He’s looking rather sad
    You see he wants to build a new nest
    But the weather’s just too bad.

    The wind is howling through the trees
    And rain is beating hard
    He’s sheltering under a small Bamboo
    In my semi-flooded yard.

    Valentine’s day has come and gone
    He hasn’t found a mate.
    Dressed in his courting colours
    He hops onto the gate.

    The sun peeps out from a dark grey sky
    One glimpse and then it’s gone
    The Robin hops back under his bush
    This is spoiling all his fun.

    My winter coat is dripping
    and Wellies splashed with mud
    The ground is soft and boggy. Many rivers are in flood
    Bursting their banks and swallowing up
    Whole towns and villages too.

    Have we made the Rain Gods angry?
    Or upset that they cry these tears
    PLEASE give us back our sunshine
    Do drive away our fears.

    But wait, the sun has now appeared,
    The clouds they roll away
    The Robin chirps from his perch on high
    Oh Happy Happy Day……

    …….Cheers xx………

  7. Cindy Lietz, 25 February, 2014

    Beautiful poem Elaine! I love it when you write me (and the rest of us) poetry!! Makes me very happy!

    We’ve had a weird year weather wise here too. Snowed once in fall. No snow all winter. And the last couple of days we were buried in it! Plants are getting confused! I wonder if these crazy weather patterns are going to be a something of the norm? I am happy to hear the sun came out for you though… came out here too. Let’s pretend we are basking in the sun together… even though we are half way around the World!

  8. Tante Sherry, 27 February, 2014

    Elaine, thank you so much for sharing your pretty words with us:)
    I Love Robins very much and saw my first of the year less than a week ago— They have a way of making my ‘insides’ SMILE

  9. Dixie Ann, 25 February, 2014

    Elaine what a wonderful poem. You definitely have a gift for writing poems!

  10. elaine faulks, 28 February, 2014

    To Cindy,
    Dixie Anne and Tante Sherry, glad you liked my poems they are just like automatic writing and sometimes I cannot write fast enough
    ( Unlike the Textile group I am in.)
    Our brief is to design a large wall tapestry to hang in the offices of our clients. We spent all afternoon tossing different ideas into the ring but by going- home- time we still had not chosen “The One”. Better decide next week or will lose the contract!! ……cheers xxx……….

  11. Jocelyn C, 05 March, 2014

    Chris Whitley, Big Sky Country

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