Lupine Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-074-B

Lupine Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-B: Gentle

A long time ago… just before the kids were born, Doug and I lived out in the country. We had purchased a big chunk of land along the mountainside near Hope, British Columbia.

Our plans were to build a Trout Farm on the property using water from a spring fed creek that spills over a beautiful waterfall. The land was pretty untamed and there were wildflowers everywhere.

Although that trout farm in Hope never did come to fruition, we did work with investors on another trout production facility nearby, which provided an opportunity for us to spend many years living on our rural land, before eventually returning to civilization.

During those years, I was very much aware of all the wildflowers that would bloom in the fields and on the mountainside. Wild Lupines, like the one pictured above, grew en masse in huge patches of blue, green and purple. Their colorful spikes swaying and rippling like waves of water, when the wind blew.

I drove a lot from our place up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, down into the City of Vancouver, delivering Live Trout to the bustling Chinatown community… and specialty dressed bone-out fillets to our marque customers like Costco and other local seafood establishments.

During my drives, I was always amazed to see how the vegetation would shift because of the small climate differences between our upper valley location and the more coastal areas closer to the ocean.

You see, along the ditches of the one and a half hour trip from Hope to Vancouver, were patches of wild lupines. The ones closer to the seaside in Vancouver would be in full color first. Then two weeks later, the ones further up the valley would bloom, and finally, ours up at the mountain property would do their thing.

It wasn’t the temperature so much at the time of blooming that caused the difference… Hope actually tends to get warmer than Vancouver because there is no cool ocean breeze. It was actually more to do with the milder climate of the coast that got the Lupines out of hibernation sooner… Hope gets slightly hotter in summer and colder in the winter. Nature is very fascinating to me.

Any way… I was reminded of all the Lupine stuff when Doug brought this beautiful Lupine flower home from one of his many walks to the YMCA the other morning. He’s always on the look out for specimens to photograph for upcoming color recipe palettes. I hope this was along the ditch and not in someone’s garden though… you never know with Doug! ;))

I hope you didn’t mind getting led down the garden path with my little Lupine story today. Please enjoy this photo and the colors inspired by it for this July 2014 Vol-074 B-series Palette!

Lupine 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 July 2014:

  • Gentle (Recipe 074-1B)
  • Refreshed (Recipe 074-2B)
  • Lupine (Recipe 074-3B)
  • Pillowcase (Recipe 074-4B)

[wp_ad_camp_1]Gentle is the softest most peaceful purple color that you will ever see and it graces the centers of the Lupine flower petals. Refreshed is the fresh crisp green of the blossoms before they change to the color purple. Lupine is the gorgeous blue purple of the edges of the Lupine Flower spikes. And Pillowcase is the clean soft white of the blooms and the color of a fresh linen pillowcase.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-074 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-074 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of July then click here: Maple Samara Palette

Love the colours! What’s great about being on the other side of the world to you guys 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

Thanks for the great tips and color recipes Cindy. You’re the best!!! ~Andrea-R

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  1. Jill V., 30 June, 2014

    I really enjoyed this blog entry. I am intrigued by your description of rural life in Fraser Valley, BC. Could you post any pictures you might have from this time? By the way, this is a gorgeous palette. The “Refreshed” green complements the other colors beautifully.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 04 July, 2014

    Thanks Jill! I don’t know how many pictures we have from then (it was pre-digital cameras so picture taking was a lot less prolific.) I am glad that you like the palette. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Dixie Ann, 30 June, 2014

    Being a city girl I was never aware of the beauty of these flowers until years later when my Mother-in-Law introduced me to the Lupine. We were on a trip and coming up over a huge hill, I saw below the most beautiful array of Lupines in several colors and it just took my breath away. Of course I had to pull off to the side of the road and get out to really take in this lovely view of nature. Thank you Cindy for this lovely color palette. It brought back some wonderful memories.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 04 July, 2014

    I am glad Dixie Ann. The Lupine covered hills sound lovely! I too love the beauty nature provides!

  5. Maria, 30 June, 2014

    I love these colors! Thank you, Cindy. Can’t wait to make them

  6. Cindy Lietz, 04 July, 2014

    Thanks Maria! Can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!

  7. Lawrence, 30 June, 2014

    Looks like a couple of great palettes, as always, this month. I am always on the lookout for some great purple recipes.
    On my many drives to the BC interior, and past Bridal Falls, I was always amazed by the great show of lupines.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 04 July, 2014

    Thanks Lawrence! Right past Bridal Falls is precisely where we were in Laidlaw. We may have been looking at the exact same groups of Lupines!

  9. Pattw35, 11 July, 2014

    Love this palette! In Texas we have Bluebonnets -a kind of Lupine. There are fields and pastures full of Bluebonnets. In fact it is Texas State flower. They are painted in so many pictures, too. So this palette is something to treasure. Love your stories of how some of these colorways come to be.

  10. Jocelyn C, 15 July, 2014

    I, too, and fascinated by natural microclimates. Loved the way you described it. Sigh, never had luck with lupines.

    A long time ago, I decided to just use bulbs, sedums, cat mint and Mom Norris marigolds in the front garden, as the temps reach up to 130F during peak summer sunlight, and the roof overhang prevents rain from reaching all the plants. Indepersing my rock collection amongst the plants was critical for success, as it keeps the roots most and cooler.

    The north facing back garden is my pleasure dome. It’s full of flowering fruited shrubs, all types of ferns, lovely grasses, inside plants potted moved outside, monkey flowers, ladies fingers, wild blue geraniums, sedums, moss, more rocks, snowdrops, jack in the pulpits, yellow trout lilies, violets, trilliums, and tons of bloodroot. Why? Every single plant was gathered in the woods on our property, transplanted, and thrived. When I sit at the back window, that garden cools and refreshes me.

    I added a water feature, which each year, a leopard frog finds and claims as his own, just a huge glass pyrex bowl loaded with collected beach grass and some shells. This year the new raccoon found it, and hauled out every shell expecting a meal, lol.

    You would be very surprised to see how huge white and purple violets grow when you water them with some Miracle Gro. Looking through Peterson’s Northeastern Wildflower Guide to remember the names of everything has also inspired me to get off my butt, and go on another collecting expedition, so I can thank PCT for providing exercise and adventure, too.

    Pssst, Cindy….would love to see ferns and violets show up as a future tute?

  11. Jocelyn C, 15 July, 2014

    Corrections. Moist and glass. I hate MS.

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