Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Blue Salvia Palette [Premo Sculpey]

Blue Salvia Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

1B: Blue Salvia
Wild Blueberry
Warm Earth


As I mentioned last week in the Viburnum Palette recipe post, my daughter Willow and I discovered a gorgeous public garden surrounding the City Hall close to where we live. It’s filled to the brim with colorful flowers. During one of our walks there, Willow snapped this photo (plus a gazzillion others), of this rich colored Blue Salvia plant.

Salvia is part of the mint family and comes in colors such as Red, Pink, White Yellow and most commonly Blue. It is this rich Blue Salvia that is the inspiration for this upcoming Volume-040 [B-series] color palette. Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the recipes for free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of September 2011.




  • Blue Salvia (Recipe 040-1B)
  • Wild Blueberry (Recipe 040-2B)
  • Sagebrush (Recipe 040-3B)
  • Warm Earth (Recipe 040-4B)



Blue Salvia is the bright Blue with the hint of Purple, that emanates from the open blossoms of the Salvia flower. Wild Blueberry is the deep Navy Blue of the un-open buds, just waiting to strut their stuff. Sagebrush is the dusky Green Gray of the dried leaves found near the base of the plant. And Warm Earth is the soft Dark Brown of the mulched soil supporting the roots of this stunning flowering plant.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-040 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-040 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of September, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Viburnum Palette

Cindy, I love the way you key your selections to the natural world. Thank you for sharing them! ~Jocelyn-C

Something we all love – COLOR. Your recipes are a way to relax and experiment ;D ~Patt-W

Cindy, it takes a special person, like you are, to inspire so many others – not only artistically but by touching their hearts. Oh, and I just LOVE your low tech system with the file cards for storing all of the color recipes. I put mine in a binder, instead of a box, for easy reference! ~Lori-F


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  1. Teresa D, 22 August, 2011

    These are pretty. Not usually a blue fan but I like theses.

  2. Phaedrakat, 23 August, 2011

    @Teresa D: Ditto! These are great shades of blue, though. And the others look wonderful with ’em…

    Cindy, you certainly make gorgeous color palettes! Thank you for providing them for such a low, low price. Oh…wait a minute — these are FREE! Yep, that’s a low rate, all right… ;-)

    What a lovely photo by Willow, too. I can tell we’re all gonna benefit from your walk in the park!

  3. Teresa D, 22 August, 2011

    Thank you, miss Cindy for all your colorful work. Miss Willow’s too.

  4. pollyanna, 22 August, 2011

    love blues…..these 4 colors are great.

  5. Jeanne C., 22 August, 2011

    Wonderful color palette!

  6. pattw35, 24 August, 2011

    WE have 2 large pots in the front of our house filled with Blue Salvia. They are a splash of color here in the desert. The bees and butterflies just love them -and so do we………Thanks for including this color palette.

  7. Hope M, 24 August, 2011

    Beautiful! I am subscribed to the weekly newsletter but I’m not seeing where to download. Wondering what I’m doing wrong… any help is appreciated! Thanks!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 25 August, 2011

    Glad to hear you guys like this palette! I always appreciate hearing your comments, feedback and stories.

    @pattw35: Very fun to hear that you also have Blue Salvia at your desert home. Makes me feel a bit closer to you :-)

    @Phaedrakat: Thanks for reminding everyone that these B-series recipes are actually distributed at no cost. They get downloaded by 1000’s of polymer clayers all around the world… and I’m happy to be able to contribute like this. But to tell ya the truth, with so many people collecting these freebie color palettes, it sure would be nice to see more comments happening here, from others as well. Community participation is how I determine whether I’m on the right track or not.

    @Hope M: To download the B-series color recipes, just follow the links in my Friday newsletters and you will see the download instructions posted just to the right of the weekly recipe cards. But please note due to issues with digital theft, the links to the B-recipes in the email newsletters do expire after a couple of weeks. So you need to be diligent about grabbing them while they are available. That being said, I am working on setting up a secure archive section at the library, that will make it more convenient to access all of the recipe cards (both the A-series and the B-series). However, this resource is not yet ready. I will make an announcement here at my blog when it is. If only there were more hours in the day to get everything done as quickly as we would like.

  9. Linda K., 25 August, 2011

    Cindy, I love almost every shade of blue, so I’m always happy to see more blue recipes. I especially like the Blue Salvia color.

  10. Phaedrakat, 27 August, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz: Wow, thousands of people receiving your wonderful FREE recipes, and only 13 comments on this page? Thinking about what you said…it’s kind of sad. I hate the thought of you feeling unappreciated, especially after all you do. I know not everyone can comment each time, but seriously — how long does it take to write a quick “thank-you” comment?

    I know that member/guest comments mean a great deal to you (for both personal AND business reasons.) I certainly hope that guests who download your free recipes each week would thank you by leaving comments, becoming a library member (to get your wonderful tutes,) spreading the word of your site (via their blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.,) — or all of the above! You work so hard…I can’t imagine everything it takes to provide 2 gorgeous palettes each month, as well as a fresh new video tute every week. Plus, you keep it all running smoothly, and offer helpful, friendly advice… Thank you!

    I do try to leave feedback and/or a thank-you comment on each of these palette threads (and tutorial posts, too.) Once in awhile I get busy & forget. On those occasions, please know I’m still enormously grateful! I get a huge smile on my face every time I open your newsletter and see the goodies inside… ;D

    I love you, dear Cindy…and your wonderful work! You’re a giving soul, and you’re so, SO appreciated! ~Kat :D

    PS: BTW, When I “ditto’d” that blue isn’t my fave color, I’ll still enjoy & use the palette. Blue is one of the most popular colors (if not the MOST popular!) I make most of my jewelry for others who like their own favorite colors (not mine — green, purple, etc.) So I value every color palette; they inspire me! My fast-growing recipe collection provides a color favorite for everyone I know, so I can make “perfect jewelry” for anyone. (Using the amazing colors & techniques you’ve so generously shared!!!)

    @Lori C: Hi Lori, Cindy answered a similar question for Brenda B. in the Shaded Rose Cane article.

    She mentioned the colors she used for some of the other canes. For others, follow the clay color guidelines in the supplies & tools section (above the preview video,) or go further by making tiny “sample” teardrop blends to help you choose colors to get the effects you want…

    Good luck, and congratulations on selling your jewelry!

    @Teresa D: Good idea, as Pantone’s colors are so yummy! Cindy usually bases her palettes on nature (and the fabulous way Doug & Willow’s pictures capture it.) Since she & Willow soaked in tons of color inspiration during their recent nature walk, it could be awhile before Cindy looks elsewhere for colors… (but that’s just a guess, lol!) Which Pantone colors did you like best?

    @Maria: Hi Maria,
    I haven’t seen any comments by Sue F. lately (where’s she been, I wonder?) Anyway, I thought I’d better “speak up” for her JIK…by pointing to the post where she described her color chip system & included photos of them strung on chain…

    I, too, am excited about the upcoming B-series archives, as I’ve missed a few myself. I’ll bet Cindy will celebrate when it’s ready (it’ll probably cut down on tons of panicked “missing color” emails!) :D

    @Angela M: I’m so glad you gave it a shot, Angela. I think most everyone would LOVE a membership here, if only they’d just try it! $10 for 3 months of videos (1 per week) is such an incredible deal. If they signed up, they’d be bona fide admirers just like us… ;-)

  11. Teresa D, 31 August, 2011


    Hi P-kat. I agree the Pantone colors are awesome. Not as awesome as Cindy’s but they are on the right track. I would say they should hire her but then we would lose her. Not good. My favorite colors…hmm….thats a hard one. My initial favorites colors are black, white, purple, red, dark greens with blue undertones. Mostly any color with a blue undertone or icy pale colors. Cool colors. Although lately I’ve started looking at orange more closely. Don’t know why. It just started grabbing my attention more. Which is odd because I don’t usually like yellow based colors. But it has to be a specific orange…a fruit orange color. I did like the pantone color of blue iris. It is just beautiful. Its a purplish blue color. It was color of the year for 2008. How about you? What are your favorites? Thanks for asking.

  12. Idelle C, 28 August, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from How To Mix Polymer Clay Color Recipes: I would love to see the B Series in the Archive file, I always seem to miss 1 weeks color (will pay more attention in the future :).

  13. Lori C, 25 August, 2011

    I am trying to make the shaded rose cane. But I would like to make the other colors you have in the video. I can’t for the life of me figure out what colors to use to make the black, brown, yellow and a few other color roses. Please help. I can’t afford to waste clay.

    Studying your videos has helped me to sell my jewelry. I really appreciate and love your tutorials. Thank you.


  14. Teresa D, 25 August, 2011

    I have a color recipe idea. How about the Pantone fashion colors? Just throwing it out there.

  15. Maria, 26 August, 2011

    Love these colors! I am so glad to hear that there will eventually be an archive section for the “B” recipes. I have been diligently making my color cards (finally!) these past few weeks of summer and notice I have a few “holes” of missing “B” recipes. Nevertheless, I do have a lot of the chips on the index cards and two large chains of chips arranged by color and by palette as was described by a fellow reader of this blog (Please, will the creator of the “chain-color chip” system come up and take credit for it – I’m sorry, I can’t locate that article right now. )

  16. Angela M, 26 August, 2011

    Hi everyone. When I first subscribed, back at the end of issue 36, I was disappointed in the initial offerings (perhaps you’ll remember our emails, Cindy?). I wanted to give PC Tutor a fair shot, though, so decided to give it one quarter to see what happened. Well, I am happy to say I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m having a great time with PC Tutor. Cindy, I have become a bona fide admirer of yours. I love the videos. They are filled with tips and tricks and I love the happy manner in which they are delivered. I’m also very happy with the color recipes. Frankly, the only thing missing is. . .I want more! I see myself being a follower of PC Tutor for a long time to come, hooray.

  17. Maria, 27 August, 2011

    Thank you Sue F for the color chip system! I’m having a lot of fun putting it together!

  18. Linda K., 27 August, 2011

    Kat, you are so right. Cindy, Doug, and Willow: THANK YOU!

  19. Elaine Faulks, 27 August, 2011

    In this busy world it is sometimes easy to forget to say THANK YOU. So I am just saying a BIG THANK YOU to Cindy, Doug,and kids.
    I love all the colour palettes, the photography, videos and mind blowing information that you so generously all give.
    My membership is one of the best value things I have ever invested in.
    With all the troubles in this world, both man-made and the natural disasters, it is great (for a few hours) to slip into “Cindy’s World” where I can lose myself in a kalidascope of colours, learn fab. new ways to create mini works of art, or just read comments, tips and tricks from other members.
    So a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to this wonderful site.

    I have been making and selling a variety of different crafts for years and only discovered polymer clay on a visit to US to look after my granddaughter. Together we sat at the kitchen table and played with clay. It was not until I stumbled upon “CINDY” that I realized how wonderful this stuff really is. I have made many PC gifts for family and friends but never attempted to sell any.
    Well at the end of September I will attend my first craft-fair selling my polymer clay creations. I’m getting really excited just thinking about it. Because there are already three people selling jewelry I said to the organiser I wouldn’t be selling jewelry. So I have three note books stuffed with alternative PC items, but all using “Cindy’s wonderful recipes, canes, wire-work etc. I’ve already had pre-orders for hook-marks and buttons using “Cindy” techniques, so THANK YOU Cindy, do you realize that you are changing “MY WORLD” I’m having so much fun and look forward to each amazing new idea that you pull from the hat!! So if anyone is reading this and wondering if they should sign up to become a member – “just do it” and as “Dell-Boy” says “You know it makes sense”. :} xx cheers

  20. Angela M, 29 August, 2011

    @Elaine Faulks: Good luck at your craft fair, Elaine. Be sure to let us know of your experience afterwards. I’m sure you must be very excited :)

  21. Fran R, 28 August, 2011

    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 !!

  22. Jill V., 30 August, 2011

    Feedback is important. I LOVE this palette.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 30 August, 2011

    Well… I don’t know where to begin… what beautiful heartfelt comments from you all. I am very touched! It is not that I need to be praised for every little thing. It’s just that with the sheer number of people that come through this site every day, it is kind of surprising t me that more don’t at least say Hi and share a few words.

    Like Jill said, feedback is important! How am I to know what the majority wants/needs/appreciates if the bulk of the visitors never say a word?

    Now don’t get me wrong, we do get a lot of comments, especially in comparison to most blogs. But it is interesting just how low the percentage is of the people those comments are coming from.

    That is why I am sooo totally thrilled with you guys who comment regularly. I love to read your funny stories, your testing experiments and your passions for polymer clay and friendship.

    A special thanks goes to Phaedrakat for answering the questions that people have asked in this thread. I appreciate and love your help, more than you could ever know!

    This community only gets better with interaction, and the more people that interact… the better resource this is for you all.

    So to all you shy quiet ones… why not say Hi by leaving a comment? We won’t bite :-)

  24. PATTY JORGENSON, 15 February, 2012

    High. Ive been getting used to teh site. and actually printing out the pictures of potential recipes series and having them collectively in my notebook. Helps a creative mind get going again. I think the creative process sometimes needs a little honing in on particulars to help focus and the color combinations are just that. Very good site.

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