Polymer Clay Color Recipes | California Poppy Palette (Premo)

California Poppy, Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: California Poppy
Thorny Branch
Prairie Grasses


Like a rich red lipstick or a classy pair of red shoes, the California Poppy adds a luscious punch of color to naturesĀ  landscape. So rather than compete for attention with such a show stopping color, I decided to pair this fantastic Poppy Red with a collection of neutrals that make it shine like the star it really is.

The recipes for each of the following 4 Summer colors will be released during the month of July in Volume-026 [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.


  • California Poppy (Recipe 026-1B)
  • Thorny Branch (Recipe 026-2B)
  • Prairie Grasses (Recipe 026-3B)
  • Cottonwood (Recipe 026-4B)



California Poppy is the richest, most luxurious Red that you can find in the flower. Thorny Branch is a dark mysterious almost Black Brown that supports, yet grounds the headstrong Red. Prairie Grasses is a Warm Taupe that perfectly compliments the Brown and Red and brings a mid tone to the palette. Cottonwood is a soft earthy cream color that brings light and balance to this rich palette.


The recipe names listed above are from the Vol-026 B-Series Palette. They are free to download, for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List.

If you want to see the Vol-026 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of July, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Marsh Reeds Palette

I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your website. I am excited to try out all the new color cards and I will definitely tell all my fellow polymer clay guild people about this website especially because that is the number one problem with so many — colors and mixing. I think I am going to start to finally like my finished products enough to put them on Etsy. Thanks again.~Lupe-M

I’m useless at colour mixing so it’s brilliant that you guide us through. ~Andrea-D

Cindy, you gave me the confidence to really commit to experimenting with mixing colors. I’m using your little pill sample technique and I’m so happy with the results! Plus my experimentation has led me to find a beautiful shade of purple that is just perfect for making beads to support my local university team. Fancy that! Plus it’s just a pretty purple! Thanks for instilling confidence and providing some really great recipes. I think the best part about these recipes is the way the translucent works to enhance the quality of the color. Kinda makes it POP! ~Kimberlee-J

I’m still new at mixing colors. Thanks for the recipes. They help so much. ~Brenda-E

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  1. Sue F, 28 June, 2010

    Super palette, Cindy! :D

  2. Ken H, 28 June, 2010

    Beautiful colors. Nice autumn colors to use in necklaces like the one I gave to Carolyn during her visit.

    I do have a question, and it is tossed out to anybody, not just Cindy. I have everything in readiness to put my etsy shop together, do I need to go through the effort to register my design for the shop name? I didn’t see any comments on this aspect of selling on etsy.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 28 June, 2010

    Thanks guys, I’m glad you like the palette! I think it will be my new favorite. It’s funny when I put this together, I thought of it as a Summer Palette, but I see a few of you feel it is an Autumn one. This leads me to believe it might just be a good All-Year-Round Palette. What do you think?

    @Ken H: If you did not see it, there is another recent “Etsy Conversation” happening in one of the “Bead Contest” posts (see link by my name)? There is more great advice there from members who are currently running Etsy Stores.

  4. Linda K., 29 June, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from More Etsy Chat in Bead Give Away Contest Post: Cindy, I agree that this is more of a summer palette…that red is gorgeous as are the brown/taupe/cream shades.

  5. Cheryl Hodges, 28 June, 2010

    @ Cindy – I love this palette; agree with Ken – beautiful for fall jewelry. I love the rich tones.
    @ Ken – Is that something you have to do so no one else can use the same design?

  6. Ken H, 28 June, 2010

    I guess, it would be a logo for the etsy shop and if fate and fortune were to smile on me, a brick and mortar bead/finished jewelry store.

  7. Anna Sabina, 28 June, 2010

    Ken, There is a place on Etsy where you register you shop name so there are no duplicates. I think it is at the first screen to sin up. You also need to register with an e-mail. For my shop, which is registered but not open I created a new e-mail with the same name, more consisency for customers and better for branding. I used TheClayersHands for my shop and theclayershands@—server for e-mail.

  8. Ken H, 28 June, 2010

    I’ve already registered with etsy, I guess what I’m asking is do the etsy’ers go to the cost of registering their logo with the Gov’t, or can that be done at later date?

  9. Ken H, 28 June, 2010

    Thanks Cindy, Hopefully I’ve moved the discussion to your other page.

  10. Melinda Herron, 28 June, 2010

    Wow! Fabulous colors!

  11. Peggy Barnes, 29 June, 2010

    I love Poppies and does that red one POP!! Wow I can’t wait for the volume 26 color series. Very strong colors I agree will work all year long.
    No dull moments for July. Great job again you two. HURRAY for the dream team/Lietz team. Thanks for all you do Cindy and Doug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Many Uuuuuugggggs to all, Peggy

  12. Phaedrakat, 29 June, 2010

    This palette definitely POPs! Wow, that red looks gorgeous, I think it will be the first thing I mix when I’m able to get the clay back out. I grabbed a bar of clay today, and caressed it gently. I told it I was sorry for leaving it alone so long, and that I missed it so very much. I peeled the wrapper back a little and its lovely smell wafted to my nose. I felt I would swoon. And it was right then and there that I decided to cut back on the medication and deal with the pain even though it’s worse than ever.


    Okay — LOL!??

    Seriously, Just Kidding! I do miss it, though. My neck is worse today, so I’ll have to try to move up my doctor’s appointment. It’s hard to get in, but I’ll beg creatively. This truly is a gorgeous palette, though. It might be my fave, too (or one of the top 5, let’s say.) I need to mix up to know for sure… Thanks so much, Cindy & Doug!

  13. Jocelyn, 30 June, 2010

    Perfect tut possibilities with these colors and inspiration flower. Cindy could you humor me with a cane that duplicates “poppies in the field?”

    Such a tribute to use as gifts or objects for veterans, especially on their “holiday,” as it is their chosen symbol after WWII graveyards ablazed with red/orangy poppies in France.

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