Ivy Leaf Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Ivy Leaf Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-045-A Series [Premo Sculpey]
1A: Orange Wheelbarrow
3A: Ivy Leaf
4A: Spade

In an always changing climate that has four distinct seasons such as ours here on the West Coast of Canada, it is somewhat of a comfort when some of the foliage in the garden looks the same no matter what time of the year it is.

Such is the case with this Ivy Plant we having growing in an antique Orange Wheelbarrow in our back yard. If it weren’t for the angle and shade of the Winter light hitting the ivy leaf in the photo, this picture could have been taken in any one of the seasons, since the variety of ivy of the slow growing evergreen type.

The photo is another one from Willow, when she ventured out on a dismal gray winter day, in search of color and inspiration. It was the same day she shot the close-ups I used for the Cedar Cone Palette and the Viburnum Pod Palette posted last month.

Of course the vibrant hit of color from the rusty Orange Wheelbarrow did add a splash of life to the Greens of the Ivy Plant but it is truly amazing just how many shades and hues are present in this single leaf spilling over the edge of the planter. I could not resist using this photo for next months upcoming color recipe palette.

The following recipes for this Vol-045 A-series color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library in February 2012:

  • Orange Wheelbarrow (Recipe 045-1A)
  • Tendril (Recipe 045-2A)
  • Ivy Leaf (Recipe 045-3A)
  • Spade (Recipe 045-4A)

Orange Wheelbarrow is the faded and sun bleached Orange of the rusted and painted antique wheelbarrow used as a planter in our back yard. Tendril is the soft almost pastel green of the curling tendrils and the light colored veins on this Ivy Leaf. Ivy Leaf is the darker, most dominant green of this evergreen foliage. And Spade is the soft steel grey found in the darkest areas on the leaf and also found on the well used and well loved shovel used to tend this aging garden planter.

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. ~Monique-U

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

Awesome colors as always. I love that you always share a story with your color palette. Makes me feel like I am right there with you naming these wonderful new shades. Thank you both for everything you do for all of us. ~Peggy-B


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  1. Monique U, 16 January, 2012

    After seeing DS#4 gets off to the bus stop on this balmy -15 C Monday, my next order of business is to check for new colours on my favorite site. And how lovely they are! I agree with you, Cindy, the stalwart evergreen varieties are a comfort, and a foretaste of spring. Anticipating the backyard in distinctive shades of green gets me through the dreariest of winters! Thank goodness the days are getting longer! Thank you, Cindy and Willow!

  2. pollyanna, 16 January, 2012

    What a great mix of greens and then the splash of orange. Great eye, Willow. Can’t have too many greens.

  3. Cherie, 16 January, 2012

    This palette seems ‘happy’ anticipating spring. Then it could be used in the fall too. A beautiful palette and Willow has excelled again! She has the skill to photograph the seemingly ordinary and show us its beauty – that’s an artist!

  4. catalina, 16 January, 2012

    Another winner! Just love the greens! I think these will go good with the leaves for all the flowers we will be making. I’m now trying to make very tiny versions so I can make matching earrings.

  5. Jan G, 17 January, 2012

    Cindy, can I put in a request for you to think about – I’d love some ideas on mixed media necklaces and bracelets. I’m thinking chains, cords, ribbons; and beadcaps, metal links, dangles, a variety of different beads strung together.

    A lot of ideas have been covered in past tutorials, I’d love to hear your ideas on how to put them all together.


  6. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2012

    Thanks Jan for your comment! Your idea/suggestion for some tutes on putting things together into projects, is a good one. I hope to start doing more project based lessons this year, for you guys.

  7. Cherie, 30 January, 2012

    That would be awesome Cindy!. I love designing jewelry but once in a while i feel I just need to look at an idea to inspire me and get the creativity flowing again.

  8. Monique U, 30 January, 2012

    I agree with Jan’s suggestion. I know many of you are great designers, but I could stand some pointers on how we could put it all together.

  9. Tantesherry, 17 January, 2012

    Good Morning All

    Michael’s has their polymer clay on sale this week 4/$5 :D

  10. Dixie Ann Scott, 17 January, 2012

    Tantesherry is that just Michaels brand or is it all the polymer clay?

  11. Tantesherry, 21 January, 2012

    so sorry I missed your ? Dixie
    it was all brands of pc
    I missed the sale too
    oh well maybe next time :)

  12. Dixie Ann, 21 January, 2012

    I did get out to Michaels and was able to get the rest of their Premo White and Black. They are usually out of it most of the time so your heads up was great. Thanks so much!

  13. Tantesherry, 21 January, 2012


  14. Dixie Ann Scott, 17 January, 2012

    very pretty colors. I just finished making the ivy charms and pendant. Wish I would have seen these first. Oh well, now I can make more after I finish the bead caps tute which by the way everyone, here is a great tip if you make several of these. I found the marbles at Wal-mart (50 for $1.00) and since I wanted to bake all 50 bead caps I set each marble on a large size metal nut and then lined them all up on my little metal tray and was able to bake them all at once. “I was going nuts while trying to find my marbles, LOL”

  15. pollyanna, 19 January, 2012

    Just found this post. what a great idea…..thanks and hopefully you didn’t ‘lose’ any of them…….:).

  16. Tantesherry, 21 January, 2012

    Awesome tip Dixie
    Thank you

  17. Cherie, 01 February, 2012

    Great idea! Have to get some marbles.

  18. Phaedrakat, 18 January, 2012

    LOL! Actually Dixie, that’s such a clever way to “keep your marbles” together…and get those beadcaps baked with ease! ~Kat ;-D

    Almost forgot! Thanks, Cindy (and Ms. Photographer) for the gorgeous color recipes. Such inspiration…I think I’ll be using these often…

  19. pattw35, 18 January, 2012

    Thank you Willow !!! Glad you ventured out on a gloomy day – this is the end product. Love the orange as a backdrop for the ivy- good eye,gf !!

    The greens are so soothing – imagine using them all thru the year. The colors go so well together – nature will provide.

    Ivy goes with everything – love the tendrils……………..thanks Lietz team…………

  20. Elaine Faulks, 27 January, 2012

    Back again after cleaning up my act… (Thanks Doug)… Now trawling through what I haven’t been able to see and love the zingy orange and dark brooding greens of this winter palette. (Hope you wrapped up warm Willow while taking these GREAT shots.)

    Very clever tip Dixie Ann, using nuts and marbles, I was going to use “blue tack” but will raid DH’s toolbox as he won’t go NUTS if I just borrow them for a couple of days. Hopefully (: ]

    Another great tip if you have been claying all day dressed in your trackkies and haven’t touched a duster. Get that spray furniture polish out and polish the front door and a couple of radiators (put it on the duster, not the radiator)

    Then get that expensive perfume out, the one you got for Christmas, spray yourself (no not with the furniture polish dummy)
    Then head to the kitchen a make a pot of coffee. With all those delicious smells he will not really notice the mess or the fact that dinner hasn’t even been started. You can always say you were thinking of treating him to a take-away. But don’t try these tricks too often or he’ll get wise to them. I’m thinking of making one of those signs in polymer clay that says,

    SORRY, KITCHEN CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS, LETS EAT OUT!!! ………………………..cheers x……………………………

  21. Jocelyn, 01 February, 2012

    I would also like to have some tutoring on how to construct pieces. My hands are bad and I obsess to get the object of the video each time (with so so results….but, I am happy to do it!!)

    It seems I never really get that far, lol, though I love looking at images of fully constructed art.

    Maybe you can give me that kick in the butt to get to the next level???

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