Oregon Shipwreck Palette | Premo Recipes Vol-053-A

Oregon Shipwreck Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Shipwreck
Rusted Hull
3-A: Astoria
4A: Iredale

This incredible photograph of the rusted shipwreck of The Peter Iredale, was taken by Doug on our recent PcT Roadtrip through Washington State and North Western Oregon… and it is the inspiration for next month’s Vol-053 color palette.

The once majestic, four masted sailing ship became stranded on the beach October 25th, 1906, near Fort Stevens Park just South of Astoria on the Oregon Coast. When the tide is out, you can walk right up the skeletal remains of the shipwreck. It really shows the power that the Sea has to capture, hold and eventually devour such a large and imposing man-made vessel.

As the shipwreck stands now, it is a grid work of decaying metal. A stark contrast to the rolling sand dunes and grassy beaches. The rich textures, colors and shapes of the rusted hull against the soft hazy seaside landscape is incredibly inspiring to see as an artist.

Not only for me as a clayer… which btw had my mind spinning with ideas for faux rust techniques, color recipes and heavily textured and riveted jewelry pieces… it was also inspiring for the photographers in the family. Both Doug and Willow competed heavily for the use of the SLR camera, while I ran my fingers over the bumpy surfaces dreaming of clay, and Fisher dug holes in the sand and rolled around in the soft sand dunes.

Oregon Shipwreck Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

We could have stayed there for hours, but eventually needed to head back to the trailer to eat dinner, check emails and contact the next group of people we were going to meet up with on this journey.

I can still feel the wind and sun on my face… smell the salt in the air… and sense that warmth of an inspiring moment in my soul. I hope that this story, the pictures and this color recipe palette will inspire you too!

Oregon Shipwreck Photo Collage

The following Vol-053 A-series Oregon Shipwreck color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of October 2012:

  • Shipwreck (Recipe 053-1A)
  • Rusted Hull (Recipe 053-2A)
  • Astoria (Recipe 053-3A)
  • Iredale(Recipe 053-4A)


Shipwreck is the name I gave the brightest of the Rusty Orange shades found on the disintegrating shipwreck. Rusted Hull is the more muted and slightly more Ochre colored Rust Orange shade found within the flakes of oxidized metal. Astoria is the strange Grayish Purple color also found on the hull, named for the city Astoria just North of the beach where this ship was stranded. And I chose Iredale as the name for the Greenish Tan color found in the lichens and Barnacles that have attached themselves to the ship… because the ship was named the Peter Iredale and Iredale sounded Irish to me, and therefore somewhat appropriate for this soft shade of Green.

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

Another amazing set of colors! And another beautiful picture for us to admire! Cindy, I love the little stories you tell with each new color recipe. Thanks to both you and Doug for bringing us these color inspirations! ~Tanya-L

I really like the picture format with the palette samples because it can inspire you to create using that particular palette of colors. Sometimes you have the color cards in front of you and it takes awhile to decide how you will incorporate them into your piece whether it be jewelry or something else. Thanks so much and looking forward to new recipes… keep them coming! ~Lupe-M


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  1. Elaine Faulks, 17 September, 2012

    Was that the captains cry, as the seas roared and the winds moaned., Alas nobody could alter the fate of THE PETER IREDALE. So here she be and here she will stay. A man-made vessel that has become a spectacular part of the landscape, a part of nature. Home to many sea creatures, along with the ebbing tide and shifting sands.

    No wonder it stirred your artistic heart CINDY, I could almost feel the rivets as you touched them. The names chosen for this salty colour palette stirr the soul. Can’t wait to see what rusty riveted barnacled masterpiece you will create. Just wish I could have been sitting on that beach with my sketchbook to capture this stark image, but who knows…………..one day………………….cheers xx……………………………………

  2. Jeanne C., 17 September, 2012

    I loved the video with the history. Very nice color palette it reminds me of fall!

  3. Anna, 18 September, 2012

    Must be incredible to walk up and explore the remains of the wreckage.

  4. Joyce Folsom, 18 September, 2012

    An awesome photo, Doug. It reminds me of a vacation along the rugged coast of Maine and two shipwrecks we explored at that time many years ago. The colors did not compare to what you have captured here. Would love to be able to step inside this photo. Cindy, you continue to capture the colors so beautifully. Looking forward to what your creative artistic mind will bring forward and share with us.

  5. pollyanna, 18 September, 2012

    Love the colors and the video. Great info.

  6. Sue F, 18 September, 2012

    Faux rust techniques… thinking of the flaking, pitting and general textures of heavily rusted iron, and the surface colour variation of lightly oxidised metals… that sounds really cool, Cindy! What a great range of possibilities to explore!

  7. pattw35, 18 September, 2012

    Not only a beautiful palette, but your story too. You see things with the eyes of adventurer! Your whole family seem mesmerized. What a place to share.

    Doug and Willow -competing . Of course – photographers do that. ( My Bill is aviation photographer.) So I can see them standing side by side and aiming at a slightly different view………………

    Your description of the ship and the colors of the hull we so vivid -I felt as if I were there…………..Love this

  8. Dixie Ann, 18 September, 2012

    I love it when you interject a video so that we can actually see what you are telling us about. The color palette is so artistictly wonderful but the history lesson that goes with it just seems to bring it alltogether. Cindy and Doug you have such a way of wetting our appetite for the next project!

  9. Jocelyn, 18 September, 2012

    Love the colors. Sure wish we had more pics of it, that sunlit view is fabulous. Any chance you two would pop some photos from the trip (like more of the ship) over on the Facebook page?

  10. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 20 September, 2012

    Hi Jocelyn – I just posted a bit of a “scrapbook collage” of some of the Oregon shipwreck pics. If you scroll back up the page to the main article, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  11. Jocelyn, 22 September, 2012

    Excellent pics Doug! I so appreciate it! Thanks!

  12. Dixie Ann, 20 September, 2012

    Nice photos you added Doug. Cindy and the kids look so tiny next to the big rusted out hull. I love the colors. You really got some close up shots, nice job!

  13. Marion Rayner, 21 September, 2012

    You show us how to look at a thing with fresh perspective. Thanks Cindy. Some of those colours and shapes were inspiring and opened up lots of possibilities in my mind. Fantastic stuff! Keep it up! Marion

  14. Joyce Folsom, 21 September, 2012

    Doug, would love to tag along when you do a photo shoot. Makes me want to be the one doing the climbing and being on the front line. Thanks for sharing.

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