Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Blue African Violet (Premo Sculpey)

Blue African Violet Polymer Clay Color Palette 1A: Blue African Violet
Blazing Sun
3A: Tropical Waters
4A: Orchid Rose

For this Spring 2010 color palette I decided to mix up some bolder colors that fall in line with color trends happening this year.

Although the colors I chose for this palette aren’t identical to the ones in the photo, the choices were inspired by the rich blue and yellow of this stunning African Violet that sits on my window sill.

Thank you very much for the recipes. I save them in a special folder for inspiration. I love experimenting with colors and also making flower canes. These color recipes help me to get started. ~Marijke

Hi I have been doing polymer clay for awhile now and have seen a few color charts but I think your recipes are the best I have seen. ~Linda-G

Color mixing is one of my biggest challenges. Your recipes are fantastic and I print them all out and keep them in a binder for future reference. I have done the Maggie Maggio course but still have trouble “seeing” which color to use to match a particular palette. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience. Hugs. ~Sue-C

I am very new to polymer clay and one of the scariest things to me was mixing my own colors. Your recipes have really spelled it out for me… and makes me less intimidated to try it, now I have the gusto to give it a go and I am really enthused about it. My husband wants to know if you give cooking lessons too… since I am so excited about clay recipes now, he wants me to be this excited about being in the kitchen. Hugs, ~Lisa-G

The following individual recipes will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library during the month of Feb-2010 in Vol-021 [A-Series]:

  • Blue African Violet (Recipe 021-1A)
  • Blazing Sun (Recipe 021-2A)
  • Tropical Waters (Recipe 021-3A)
  • Orchid Rose (Recipe 021-4A)

Blue African Violet was inspired by the rich blue of the African Violet in the photo but was toned down a bit to be more in line with the current fashion trends. Blazing Sun is the hot yellow from the flowers centers that make the blue even bolder and more vibrant. Tropical Waters is a teal blue green that is so popular right now, and compliments the other colors in the set quite swimmingly. Orchid Rose is the most wonderful rose pink that has hints of yellow in its undertones.

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  1. Silverleaf, 27 January, 2010

    Nice! The teal is really pretty.

    Although it makes me realise I have to get over my dislike of warm yellows and yellow-oranges, because I was immediately like, “How cool, I’d get rid of the yellow though.” I mean there’s nothing wrong with it (and I like cooler lemon yellows).

    Maybe I should challenge myself to create something in the yellows and oranges that I don’t like so much.

  2. Elizabeth S., 27 January, 2010

    I don’t know what I would do without the recipes-I guess everything I make would be in the basic purchased colors. This is a beautiful palette!

    Silverleaf, I was traveling and unable to access the blog when you posted about your successful sale on Facebook. Just want to add my congrats to the many others you received.

  3. Peggy Barnes, 27 January, 2010

    I don’t know how you keep up with everything but I am glad you do. I am not perfect when it comes to making everything you have tought us but I have tried with some success about 85% of the beads. Not so dedicated when it comes to the colors. Maybe if you do a 2nd contest you should test us on our colors also. I definately need motivation when it comes to trying to experiment with the color recipes. I write them all down and have the all organized by color group. Just need to make myself take the time to try them. Was sick all weekend and most of this week so I haven’t even got a chance to enter the first contest yet. But I am still going to try to get some made up and sent in. I do have the motivation just not the energy or steady hands right now to try. Don’t count me out yet though.
    Great colors they are like your tuts haven’t seen one I haven’t liked yet.
    You definately have what it takes to inspire your students Cindy.
    Love and Uuuuuuugggggs, Peggy

  4. Silverleaf, 27 January, 2010

    Thank you Elizabeth, it’s been lovely to hear so many positive comments about my jewellery. :)

  5. Rose, 27 January, 2010

    I like having formulas to follow, but I use them as a starting point. I’m not yet to the point where I can look at a color & recreate it. But I do like to pick a formula for a color that’s similar to what I want & then add a little of whatever I think will bring me to the color I’m looking for.

    I’m wondering how others create clay colors — do you use the formula as is, play with them, or start from scratch? (Silverleaf, I have a feeling you start from scratch.)

  6. carolyn, 27 January, 2010

    Beautiful, Cindy! Now show us how to make the African violet as a cane and I’ll be really happy. I used to have African violets but they froze when the power and gas both were out for 10 days here at Lake Tahoe during a February storm. If I could make them as canes they would definitely last!

  7. Freda, 27 January, 2010

    Just wondering where the entry pictures of the bead giveaway are. I was thinking you were going to start showing them last week. I must have missed them.

  8. Silverleaf, 27 January, 2010

    Hi Rose, I don’t usually use any recipes. I’ve only recently started using Premo so I don’t have all the colours – mostly I buy black, white, frost, fuchsia, cyan, zinc yellow and the pearls (and a little cad red, cobalt blue and cad yellow) and mix my own colours. So often when I see one of Cindy’s recipes I can’t make it because I don’t have purple or ecru or whatever – and although I could mix purple or ecru myself and use that, it might not combine in the same way as the packet colour. Maybe I’ll experiment some time.

    I just find it easy to know what colours to mix to get a particular hue, I don’t know how. Like to get a pure clear purple I’d use cobalt blue and fuchsia, and for a muddier one maybe cyan and a mix of cad red and fuchsia.

    I got Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani’s colour book for Christmas and although I haven’t read it in detail yet I think that their more measured approach will take my instinctive mixing to a whole new level. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone interested in colour, whether you feel you’re naturally good at it or not.

    And I often make up my own colour recipes just by cutting up a million little circles of clay in different colours and mixing a few of them. If I like the colour I’ll note down how many circle of which colours I used. And then I might mix in a few more – I just like to play around!

  9. Lupe Meter, 27 January, 2010

    Love the African violet colors…very vibrant! Looking forward to playing around with the palette! Thanks, Cindy…for all you do! 8-)

  10. Rose, 27 January, 2010

    Silverleaf, I also have that book & have worked thru about half of the exercises. I’d like to get to the point where I can recreate any color without having to start with someone’s formula. I do keep all of my leftover color mixtures & usually recycle one or more as a new color.

  11. carolyn, 27 January, 2010

    Cindy, I like the way you group the colors each week – helps me to know what goes with what. I started making the file cards but got sidetracked with your contest. Now I’m thinking, why do I need cards when I have the computer with all the recipes. Fortunately my computer is very accurate when it comes to colors – it’s a Mac.

  12. Phaedrakat, 28 January, 2010

    I love these colors, Cindy! Although I haven’t done much color mixing (with clay) I don’t think I can wait for the Orchid Rose color! I might try to make it myself!

  13. lynn watts, 29 January, 2010

    Beautiful colors as usual. I love all the colors you mix up. What would this world look like WITHOUT COLOR?????????? We all know that answer!

  14. Cindy Lietz, 31 January, 2010

    Thanks everyone for the great comments! Appreciate each and every one of you!

    @Freda – I think you already know by now, but the first batch of contest photos have been posted. The link by my name will take you there.

  15. Susan, 02 February, 2010

    Hello Cindy. Thanks for your color recipes. I have found some simple color mixes and placed them on my blog (linked to my name). I like yours better. Do you mind if I place a link to your color recipes? Your recipes are so beautiful. I would love to reference them. Thank you Cindy.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 02 February, 2010

    Hi Susan – glad to hear you are enjoying the color recipes. I would by HAPPY to receive links from you. However, please don’t link directly to the actual pages that have the recipe cards on them. Those complimentary B-Series cards are my way of saying thank you to people who decide to subscribe to my free weekly Polymer Clay Newsletter. Instead, you can link to any of my posts with the color palette photos (like this page). That would be greatly appreciated. The link by my name will take you to a category listing of all the posts containing color palette photos. Thanks for your support.

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