Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Aloe Vera Palette [Premo Sculpey]

Aloe Vera Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: Southwest Sky
Aloe Vera
Adobe Hut
Desert Sand


I am always amazed by the colors in Nature. Today’s photos, by Doug of course, is of an Aloe Vera plant from Nevada. Just look at the beautiful dusty, Blues and Greens that make up the spiky leaves of this desert succulent.

And if you look closely at the dying tips of the plant, you will also see a rich Golden Yellow and a pale Sand color that match perfectly with the stunning Blues and Greens of the younger livelier sections of the Aloe Vera.

Doesn’t really matter which part of the life cycle the plant is in, it is always beautiful! I wish our culture felt more that way about the beauty of humans… but that is another story for another time.

The recipes for each of the following 4 colors will be released during the month of February 2011 in Volume-033 [B-series]. Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download them for free. They will be emailed to you one per week on Friday mornings.


  • Southwest Sky (Recipe 033-1B)
  • Aloe Vera (Recipe 033-2B)
  • Adobe Hut (Recipe 033-3B)
  • Desert Sand (Recipe 033-4B)



Southwest Sky is the dusty Blue of the desert in the Southwest Skies of the United States as well as the soft color so dominant in this desert succulent. Aloe Vera is the wonderful Sage Green found where the Blue color has been worn away, giving you a glimpse of the color of the fleshy gel inside the Aloe Vera Plant. Adobe Hut is the rich Golden Yellow found along the rusty edges of the dying tips of the leaves. And Desert Sand is not only the pale neutral color of the faded tips of the plant, but also the color of the surrounding sand of the desert. Making it the perfect accompaniment to this peaceful palette.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-033 B-Series Palette. They are free to download, for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List.

If you want to see the Volume-033 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of February, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Blushing Pansy Palette

Cindy, your love of nature shows through in so many ways with your artistic talents. Your color recipes are just beautiful. A lovely way to start my day. ~Joyce-M

I am a painter and didn’t think that I would need the recipe cards because I am so used to mixing paint colors together… well… I LOVE THE RECIPE CARDS!!! You have shown me that there are sooooooo many different colors that I can make from my clay! So many different greens, blues, reds, purples, yellows, and even metallic colors and different natural “white” colors. Thank you so much! ~Cindy-E

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


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  1. Ken H, 24 January, 2011

    OOOOOOOH, I love Southwestern colors, and these aren’t the standard turquoise, terra cotta, butter yellow, and sage green. Love,love,love them!

  2. Ken H, 24 January, 2011

    You could even plug in the dustier green of the sage color I’m thinking of.

  3. Maria, 24 January, 2011

    Gorgeous! Thank you yet again (and Again!) Cindy and Doug…

  4. Silverleaf, 24 January, 2011

    Love it Cindy, especially the blue! I bought an aloe from Ikea a few years ago and I love how un-killable it is – it doesn’t mind if I forget to water it for months… it even made a little baby plant two years ago and right now it has two tiny babies. It copes just fine in my not-very warm kitchen as well.

    I know the gel is great for skin and hair and wonderful for burns, but I just can’t bring myself to damage my beautiful plants.

  5. pattw, 25 January, 2011

    These colors are going into some mokume gane ! What a gorgeous palette. Just my cup of tea…………..

  6. Phaedrakat, 26 January, 2011

    Stunning palette…thank you so much, Cindy!!!

  7. Cherie, 26 January, 2011

    Gorgeous palette! I had a small aloe plant given to me two years ago and it has grown so much and given off so many baby plants i’ve given so many pots to my friends. I’ve used it too on burns and rashes, so soothing.

  8. Linda K., 26 January, 2011

    Mmmm, these colors are yummy!

  9. Lucian T, 09 February, 2011

    Hi Cindy. I was thrilled to discover your site and so happy to see the color recipes. I’m brand new to this and am happily overwhelmed with all the possibilities. Your info and kindness is unbelievable!

    My question: Is there a way to print out your recipe cards or do they have to be copied by hand? Thanks so much for the help.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 09 February, 2011

    Hi Lucian – Welcome to the community. Yes you can definitely print the recipe cards. If you use keywords in the search box at the top of the page, you will find quite a few comments form members discussing how they print and organize their recipe card collections. Try search phrases like…

    “printing recipe cards”
    “color recipe cards”

  11. Cheryl B, 26 April, 2011

    I’ve been using Kato clay but notice you primarily use premo. I’d like to do your colour recipes simply rather than first mixing say ‘fushia’. Would there be any problem in me switching to premo and mixing with my left-over kato?

  12. Cindy Lietz, 30 April, 2011

    @Cheryl B: I commented on this yesterday but then the page just disappeared. Crazy internet! Anyway, what I said was, although you can mix brands, they don’t really work for substituting in recipes. For example you can’t just use Kato Black instead of Premo Black in the same proportions, because they are not exactly the same in tint or concentration. When it comes to accurate recipe mixing, you must use the specified brand in the stated amounts to get the color that I created for you. Of course you could get some of your own custom colors by mixing whatever colors you want. For more info on color mixing, click the link by my name.

  13. Silverleaf, 30 April, 2011

    @Cindy Lietzs:

    I had a similar issue when I started mixing up some of your earlier recipes that used non-Premo clays. I only have Premo now and didn’t want to buy other brands but I also didn’t want holes in my colour collection!

    For some of them I just substituted the nearest Premo colour, such as using cad red instead of Kato red, or beige instead of Sculpey III beige, figuring that the resulting colour was close enough for me. I figured that since I liked the colour anyway, that was fine.

    For others though, this didn’t work so well, like with the Arbutus Tree palette. I guess Fimo colours mix completely differently – I really like Coastal Skies but my Premo substitution version just wasn’t right. So I ended up creating my own Premo version from scratch, just a quick-and-dirty version based on the picture which is probably nothing like the Fimo version, but I’m happy anyway!

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