Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Butterfly Garden Palette [Premo]

Butterfly Garden Palette

1B: Butterfly Garden
Soft Kisses
Plum Tart
Hazelnut Cream

Gosh, is there anything more lovely than a cup of tea or coffee and a warm afternoon desert, while sitting in the garden gazing at the flowers and watching the butterflies flit around?

Because that is exactly the kind of thing I imagine when looking at this pretty Purple Geranium blossom that Doug photographed for us to enjoy! Naturally, with an image so wonderful, I was inspired to create a splendid palette of polymer clay colors.

The recipes for each of the following 4 Summer/Fall colors will be released during the month of September in Volume-028 [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.

  • Buttefly Garden (Recipe 028-1B)
  • Soft Kisses (Recipe 028-2B)
  • Plum Tart (Recipe 028-3B)
  • Hazelnut Cream (Recipe 028-4B)

Butterfly Garden is the softest, loveliest Violet Purple which is the most prominent in the petals of this Geranium blossom. Soft Kisses is the dusty Orchid Fuchsia radiating from the center of the bloom. Plum Tart is the deep rich Plum color that runs through the veins of the flower. And Hazelnut Cream is a soft neutral Cream color inspired by the thought of eating a warm Plum Tart in the garden with a cup of hot coffee and Hazelnut Cream.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-028 B-Series Palette. They are free to download, for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List.

If you want to see the Volume-028 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of Sept., then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Autumn Sunflower Palette

I do love the idea of using nature as a palette. My mom always told me that… “If God put it on a flower you can wear it too.” ~TK

Cindy, Here you are inspiring me and boosting my confidence again! I admire how you can take us through your thought process and break down what you see in the photo. I feel like you’re teaching me to “paint” with clay. Having never taken any art classes, I imagine that this is the way an art teacher engages students in beginning to see the world in a more nuanced way – a way in which recreating nature in art becomes a possibility through understanding and being able to dissect what one is seeing! ~Kimberlee-J

I LOVE receipes….because I can’t really make up colours in my head yet. I am very new to polymer clay!! And frankly don’t want to waste my money on making ugly colours!! So it is nice to have that work done for me… gives me more time to play. ~Kam-K


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  1. Tanya L, 30 August, 2010

    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!

  2. Elizabeth S., 30 August, 2010

    How lovely! Beautiful additions to our library.

    Manny and I were talking about how wonderful it would be to learn photography. Seeing Doug’s photos certainly adds inspiration to do so. It’s obvious to me, though, in seeing Doug’s work that it’s more about the eye of the person than the eye of the camera. How wonderful to be able to see such beauty in the world and capture it so perfectly.

  3. Jeanne C., 30 August, 2010

    Love the colors! Thanks again for a beautiful photo and story. :)

  4. Sue F, 30 August, 2010

    Lovely palette, Cindy. :)

  5. Brenda, 30 August, 2010

    I was just admiring some colors just like that at Home Depot gardening section. Beautiful!

  6. Ken H, 30 August, 2010

    Again WOW, From the vividness of the sunflower colection to the serenity of this collection, I can’t wait to mix up Septembers colors.

  7. carolyn, 30 August, 2010

    So lovely and so well captured both in the photo and the color pallet. You never cease to amaze me!

  8. carolyn, 30 August, 2010

    Can we use the ‘reply’ yet?


    @Carolyn: Unfortunately the Reply function has not been fixed yet. I’m having a programmer make up a custom plugin to fix the issue for us. But now he is telling me the issue is more complex than he thought. Isn’t that always the case… ! :-|

    @Everyone: Carolyn is referring to a technical bug that is currently happening with the “Reply” function here at the blog. When you use it, your comments are temporarily held in the moderation queue, pending approval. This is not supposed to happen, and it will (hopefully) be fixed soon. But for now, it would be helpful if everyone could refrain from clicking on that little “Reply” link. Instead, you can simply reference others by manually typing their name… like @Carolyn [or] @Cindy: [etc, etc.]. This way your comments will post in real time, without any delay.


  9. Lupe Meter, 30 August, 2010

    Love these colors, Cindy! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. Lawrence, 30 August, 2010

    Another beautiful palette to work with. I love Doug’s photo of the purple Geranium.

  11. DJ, 30 August, 2010

    Gorgeous palette inspired by a beautiful photo, thanks again Cindy and Doug!

  12. pattw, 30 August, 2010

    Just love anything in the purple hues. These are beautiful – and we can duplicate them -yeah

    Off Topic: I am on flickr at: Shooting Star Creations – Just figuring how to post on Cindy’s FB

  13. Phaedrakat, 30 August, 2010

    @Patt: You can also add it to your name (here,) so people can click on it to go see your Flickr photos. Use the http address of your Flickr homepage. Copy it — and paste it in the URL box (under the boxes you use to enter your name and email.) BTW, I sent you a message…let me know if you need more info…

    What a gorgeous palette! I love purples, this one is really going to be fun! Thanks so much, Cindy, for all the hard work you do creating these palettes. And thanks for the beautiful and inspirational photos, Doug!

  14. Carrie W., 30 August, 2010

    More gorgeous colors! Cant wait to start using them!
    I wanted to let everyone know where I was on finding something to spray on my metal pieces. I have been using the Flecto Varathane on my clay and had tried painting a thin coat on some pendant bezels I had. It worked very well. I can’t even tell that there is anything there and I cannot scratch it off with my fingernail.
    So, since it would take so long to paint it on all my metal findings, I decided to see if they made an aerosol version. They do. I got it today and I am in love! I sprayed it on some metal bezel bracelets and within 2 hours it dried to the point that I cannot scratch it with my fingernail.
    I also tested it on a piece of baked clay, worked great there too! It dried in under an hour.
    I did have difficulty finding it available for purchase by the can. Most hardware sites sell it in a box of 6 cans. I found it on painters-toys.com. It is now sold under the Rustoleum brand and I bought the indoor gloss water based.

  15. Phaedrakat, 01 September, 2010

    @Carrie: Wow, that’s amazing! I just read something about someone using Varathane spray on their metal…can’t remember where. They didn’t mention using it for their clay, though. How wonderful to have another spray to use…one that’s more accessible…and possibly cheaper! I’ve always heard most sprays aren’t compatible with polymer clay. I think it’s the propellants that cause the problem — or other petroleum-based ingredients. I’m hoping that this one stands the ‘time’ test! I searched to see if anyone else has mentioned using this spray with PC, and I did find a couple tidbits of info. One item said to use short, light bursts, and to let it dry something like 12 hours between coats. Can’t remember where I saw that, though. I’m working on a junky PC…hard to save or bookmark things…
    Thanks so much for bringing this to the blog. It’s pretty exciting news! :D


    @Phaedrakat: For your bookmarking activity, you could take a look at Stumbleupon.com — It is a free service that lets you organize all of your links to all of your referenced pages on the Internet. The big advantage to using these web-based solutions instead of desktop “favorites” folders, is so that you never have to be without your valuable research links. Food for thought…


  16. Linda K., 01 September, 2010

    Cindy, this has to be my favorite palette yet. I just love those soft purples and purply-pinks. Can’t wait to mix these up!

  17. Phaedrakat, 02 September, 2010

    Thanks for the tip, Doug! Will try to get it set up soon…

  18. Maria, 17 September, 2010

    Ummmm, Cindy… unless my eyes deceive me … you already have a color recipe named “Butterfly Garden” – # 14-2A. Should we call this recipe “Return of Butterfly Garden ?”, “Butterfly Garden #2???
    (I’m finally getting my color chips together :)

  19. Sue F, 17 September, 2010

    Hey, well spotted, Maria!

    It’s interesting the way people remember these things too… I’ve noticed a couple of recipes that have appeared twice with different names (the formula is what sticks in my head), but I never noticed the name duplication! LOL

  20. carolyn, 17 September, 2010

    In Recipe 14 Butterfly Garden was the name of a particular purple color. Now the name Butterfly Garden is being used for the pallet.

  21. Sue F, 17 September, 2010

    … and recipe 1B within that palette. ;)

  22. Cindy Lietz, 17 September, 2010

    I am sooo sorry guys! You’re right. There was a Butterfly Garden color recipe in the Cornflower palette. I’m not sure how I did that. I usually check for duplicates better than that. (Must miss being in the garden and want there to be butterflies in it! LOL) It won’t happen again.

    Maria, thanks for letting me know. We’ll just have to call this Butterfly Garden 2 for now. Hopefully this hasn’t messed too many people up! :-(

  23. pattw35, 18 September, 2010

    Cindy -LOL – ya can’t away with anything with this “family”

  24. DMC, 07 October, 2010

    Hello, I am a member with a question:

    I have missed several of the weekly color palettes. I can find the page on “California Poppy,” but not the actual recipe for each of the four colors. It is a “B” series.

    How do I find this? Thanks so much, don’t want to bother Cindy right now while she needs to assist her husband.

  25. Lawrence, 07 October, 2010

    @DMC: If you were not a member in June you will have to do as suggested by Carolyn in a previous post.
    If you were a member at that time just check after you have signed in to the Video Library and it should be there.
    To be safe ,in the future you should always download the B colour palette recipes to your computer when you receive them via the newsletter, even if you feel you do not need them at the time.
    It is also a good idea to keep Cindy’s Friday newsletters in a file on your Mail program. I learned the hard way as I deleted six month’s worth and then could not find a way to refer to them. Now I keep them in my Microsoft Mail files.
    Hope this helps…..

  26. DMC, 08 October, 2010

    Lawrence, thank you, Carolyn, and Linda for your help. I have been a member for about 1-1/2 years now.

    Lawrence, when I go to the Video Library, the only colors that are listed are in the “A” series. Do you know how I can recover the “B” series of color palettes?


  27. Linda K., 07 October, 2010

    @DMC: Have you signed up for Cindy’s free weekly newsletter? That’s where the B series recipes are. If you’re not already signed up, go to the top of this page in the blue and green box on the right and click where it says “Click Here.”

  28. carolyn, 07 October, 2010

    @DMC: It depends on when you became a member. The CA Poppy Palette was published in June. If you were not yet a member, you can purchase the June series and it would include the palette.

  29. Cindy Lietz, 13 October, 2010

    Hi Guys,

    I finally got a chance to pop in here to clarify things. The only recipes in the library site that you are sure to be able to access are the A-series cards in the back issue volumes that you own.

    And the way to collect the B-series Color recipes is to actually download them from the weekly newsletter emails which get sent out on Friday mornings. Each newsletter contains links to two B-series Color recipes.

    If you did not realize it, all of the B-series recipes get cycled through the newsletter twice. So if you miss any on the first go round, you will get a second chance to save them in round two.

    Hopefully this clears things up.

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