Nightshade Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-064-A

Nightshade Berries Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Nightshade Berries
2-A: Poison

3-A: Deadly
4A: Nightshade

Aren’t the colors in this photo of some Nightshade Berries that Doug snapped in our front yard, very intriguing? I mean the reds, oranges and purples are just captivating to me. Almost as mysterious as the spooky plant itself!

According to Wikipedia, Atropa Belladonna also known as Nightshade is one of the most toxic plants found in the Eastern Hemisphere. All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids. The berries pose the greatest danger to children because they look attractive and have a somewhat sweet taste. The consumption of two to five berries by a human adult is probably lethal. The root of the plant is generally the most toxic part, though this can vary from one specimen to another. Ingestion of a single leaf of the plant can be fatal to an adult. The common names for this species include belladonna, deadly nightshade, divale, dwale, banewort, devil’s berries, naughty man’s cherries, death cherries, beautiful death, devil’s herb, great morel, and dwayberry.

Funny story… before I started doing research, when I heard the name Belladonna, Harry Potter and potions came to my mind. But when I typed it into Google, quite another thing is connected to the name Belladonna… an adult film star to be exact! SO… needless to say I avoided using that particular name when naming my colors for this incredible color recipe palette! LOL.

Despite it’s clearly shady background, I hope you enjoy this inspiring Fall palette for the Vol-064-A recipe Series, the Nightshade Palette.

Nightshade Berries Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

The following Vol-064 A-series Nightshade Berries color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of September 2013:

  • Nightshade Berries (Recipe 064-1A)
  • Poison (Recipe 064-2A)
  • Deadly (Recipe 064-3A)
  • Nightshade (Recipe 064-4A)


 Nightshade Berries is the rich vivid red of the lethal ripe fruit of the Nightshade plant. Poison is the acid orange color of the berry as it begins to ripen on the deadly vine. Deadly is the mysterious ghostly purple of the tiny hairs that stand up on the necks of the toxic tendrils. And Nightshade is the dark purple black of the Halloween-witch-like hats that the poisonous berries cling to.

Another picture I would love to have for my color recipe box. Thank you for the colors Cindy and thank you Doug for the picture. One thing is for sure all of Doug’s pictures are worth a thousand words or should I say a 1000 colors. Either way great job both of you!!!!! Many Thanks and Many Uuuuugggggggs. ~Peggy-B

Cindy – I’ve never commented on your color recipes, but appreciate them and your videos so much. No doubt there are plenty of others like me who sorta hang out in the background and let others do most of the talking. I don’t make jewelry – the necklaces, earrings etc. – but I spend hours making things to give away. Tons of key rings, badge reels, magnets, bookmarks, etc. I’ve covered lots of tins that everyone seems to like. Little kids especially seem to love them. And I get lots of comments back from people who seem to like to take the beads and turn them into pendants, earrings and bracelets themselves. I put lots of beads on the little ball chains and tell people to attach them to gift packages or cards. I’m well into my senior years – have mobility problems so don’t get out that much. I do have a great mobility scooter that weighs under 40 pounds so I can lift it and put it in the back of my SUV which lets me get to Hobby Lobby and Home Depot to get some of the supplies you recommend. But I mostly shop via the internet. Your videos mean the world to me – so thank you so much for all that you and your family do that make my days so much fun. And to all you other people who – like me –¬† have neglected to tell Cindy how much you enjoy those color recipes and her videos – do it now!! ~Fran-R

YES!!!I love your recipes! More, more, more! ~Jaime-H


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  1. Sandra J, 19 August, 2013

    love the colours! Isn’t it weird how some things that are beautiful can be deadly.

  2. elaine faulks, 19 August, 2013

    The Italian ladies of court in the 17th century used to squeeze drops from the berries into their eyes, this used to dilate the pupils making the eyes seem larger and more beautiful, hence “Belladonna”. A very dangerous practice and as Cindy says all parts of this plant are TOXIC so not sure if the practice made them blind! (So don’t try this at home)
    These are a set of dangerous colors to make something really wicked and spooky with so thanks Cindy, you must have been in a dark mood when thinking up this combination. Nearly full moon so had better dust off my broomstick………………….cheer xx….

  3. Anna Sabina, 20 August, 2013

    Glad you did not have Willow or Fisher do the research on Belladonna. While in Middle School my daughter did a search on the White House. Well, there is a porn site that takes you from one site to another when you try to exit. This has nothing to do with the Bill Clinton, LOL. Kim came running into the living room for help. So, if you want to know about the White House be sure to
    the website address ends in .gov.

  4. Jocelyn C, 20 August, 2013

    Such a beautiful colorway. So glad you “saw” it and shared it with us, Cindy. Will try your plus one color technique with these colors too. Bet you’d get some fabulous combinations, and for some reason, I want to start with those colors plus silver and translucent.

  5. Dixie Ann, 20 August, 2013

    We had this plant in Indiana when we lived on 5 acres outside of town along with Jack-in-the-Box and so many others. I loved walking through my little forest and bringing home things for my DH to name for me. There are many beautiful plants that are so deadly yet look so delicate and lovely. I love this color palette. The colors are so rich and vibrant, like these hot days of summer. Wonderful choice Ciindy.

  6. Sue F, 20 August, 2013

    These colours look lovely, Cindy! :)

  7. Tante Sherry, 21 August, 2013

    This is a beautiful palette Cindy
    and the witch’s hat was quite a surprise

  8. Lesley Symons, 21 August, 2013

    I LOVE this palette! … these strong vibrant colours are just my thing …. thanks!!!

  9. cherie, 21 August, 2013

    Such strong vibrant colors! Love the way you describe the colors and the names you come up with Cindy.

  10. Pattw, 22 August, 2013

    OOHHHHHHHH – almost spooky time ! Belladonna -such a beautiful name for such a deadly plant. Thank you Elaine for the “eye opening” story ! Love these colors -deeply saturated! What smashing MG these would make…….Can’t wait…teehee

  11. Peg Carter, 26 January, 2015

    Cindy…I’m not sure where you sent me a note so Ill just post here. I haven’t finished my peacock feather cane yet because my claydate showed up and I decided to make some recipes. I made Deadly and Nightshade and it was complete success. I didn’t have any cad red so I didn’t do the other 2 but I’ll try to pick some up this week. Thanks for your encouragement.

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