Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Lakeside Palette (Premo Sculpey)

Lakeside Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: Mountain Lake
2B: Fireweed
3B: Lake Pine
4B: Shoreline

Don’t you just love the colors that nature throws at us! It is like Mother Nature wants each and every one of us to be an artist… Why else would she give us so many inspiring and beautiful things to look at?

Today’s color palette is based on another gorgeous photograph that Doug shot during our Whistler vacation last summer. This one was taken high on the mountain near one of the dazzling reservoirs at the base of an alpine bowl.

I hope you enjoy the color recipes from this Lakeside Palette. It’s just the thing to get the creative juices flowing!

The recipes for each of the following 4 Spring colors will be released during the month of March in Volume-022 [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 throughout the month of March:

  • Mountain Lake (Recipe 022-1B)
  • Fireweed (Recipe 022-2B)
  • Lake Pine (Recipe 022-3B)
  • Shoreline (Recipe 022-4B)

Mountain Lake is the mesmerizing blue of the mineral rich water. Fireweed represents the lavender tinted color of the pink flowers surrounding this beautiful alpine reservoir. Lake Pine is the dusty sage green of the wind swept pine trees.  And Shoreline captures the soft sandy gray tones of the rocks and pebbles along the water’s edge.

Thanks for posting some recipes for all of us to share. For those of use who really don’t have an easy time figuring out how to arrive at just the right color yet, these recipes are a real helper!~Cynister

Can you say MUD!! I have had my fair share of mixing the wrong colors together. I have never had a course in color theory and learned pretty quickly that is is difficult to always get the desired result. But thanks to your color recipes I’m doing a lot better now! ~Katina-K

And this one is kinda funny….

Though I am literally brand new at the P.C. bead making, I have already gotten a ‘different eye’ in my surroundings for looking at color. I was actually in my bathroom the other day, for my morning sit down and noticed my shower curtain. It is in rich browns, golds and tans. I’m thinking what great colors and textures it would be use to as a polymer clay tube bead. Also, I got a catalog from a well known flower company and just looking through it, at the color spectrum available in nature, I see ‘treasure’ now in even my junk mail! Thanks for helping me to be inspired with the idea of color in nature, mail and yes, even my bathroom curtain. ~Karen-O

The recipe names listed above are from the Vol-022 B-Series. They are free for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List. If you want to see the Vol-022 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of March, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Rocks and Minerals Palette

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  1. Silverleaf, 24 February, 2010

    Pretty! Got a lot of fireweed in my garden, except we call it rosebay willowherb over here. I’ve always liked the colour. Probably should try to remove it from my garden though as it’s an invasive weed…

    All these lovely pictures have made me put Whistler on my list of places I have to visit one day, it looks beautiful.

  2. Charles Rankin, 24 February, 2010

    I went into Lowe’s paint dept and got the color pamphlet which shows which colors work good together. Is this a good thing to do for coming up with polymer clay color palettes?

  3. Peggy Barnes, 24 February, 2010

    WOW – Your inspiration not only comes across in my clay world but in my world of color too. I’m not very disciplined when it comes to making my own colors even though you have it all layed out for us. I am so inspired by this group of colors that I will try my best to use these colors in some of volume fourteen tutorial beads I will be sending in as soon as I am up to it. Once again, thank you for being you Cindy. You not only ROCK MY WORLD with creativity you COLOR MY WORLD. You definately have inspired my inner me.
    Love and Uuuuugggggggs, Peggy

  4. Phaedrakat, 24 February, 2010

    Oh my goodness, you’ve outdone yourself Cindy! This one is so very beautiful! I am not sure what to use it for, yet, but I will put these colors to work, for sure. They might even make pretty Easter items, much cooler than the more ordinary pastels. I love how Karen O. uses EVERY opportunity to think about colors; it’s true, there are times when you’ve got nothing to do but think ;-p. Funny, but great ideas can come anywhere, anytime.

    @Charles R: Using the paint color pamphlet seems like a great idea for color blending. Those colors are designed to go together, so why not for polymer clay?

    @Peggy: You are awesome, Peggy. I hope you feel good enough to make something soon. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. You seem to be quite an inspired person, and I’ll bet your work reflects that!

    @Silverleaf: I’ve never heard of fireweed or rosebay willowherb, but it sure is pretty for a weed! I would love to visit Whistler, as well. It will be a long time before I’m up to traveling again, but when the time comes I’ll go up there (and visit Cindy while I’m at it…lol)

  5. Carolyn Winters, 28 February, 2010

    I do not wish to learn how to make the beautiful Memory Bracelets I have heard about, but would like to have one made for my daughter and myself. Does anyone here make and sell any pieces of this jewelry? I have dried Red Roses saved from my brothers funeral spray. Thank you in advance for any info.

  6. Phaedrakat, 02 March, 2010

    @Carolyn Winters: Hi Carolyn, I am sorry about your brother. I do not make these bracelets, but I know there are several people on this website who do. Try posting your request on the pages where these beads are mentioned; that might grab the attention of those artists. Here’s one of the articles that highlight this type of flower petal keepsake jewelry, with photos of Marsha Nelson’s jewelry.

    It has links in it to many other posts with similar content. (You can also search for articles by using the search box at the top left of the page. Type in a keyword or two, like “rose petal beads” or “keepsake jewelry”, and it will list articles where they are mentioned.)

    I’ll make a couple of comments that point back here to your request, as well. Be sure to subscribe (mark the check box) to your entries so that you’ll get an email when someone answers your request. Or check back for replies… Best wishes to you and your family!

  7. Catalina, 02 March, 2010

    @Carolyn Winters: Yes, I have made some beautiful rose petals beads from my father-in-law’s funeral roses. I made a bracelet for my mother-in-law and she loved it. I’m working on a bracelet for my aunt now. Her husband just passed away two week ago. I can show a photo of them if you like. Just contact me through my etsy shop at: designsbyCATALINA.

  8. Peggy Barnes, 28 February, 2010

    Cindy I am getting better and hope to be back in my studio by the middle of the week Friday at latest. I have had a lot of extra time on my hands trying to think of ways to improve my studio and more organization. One of the main things I would like to do is start getting more use out of your color recipes. I have always just wrote the recipe right onto a set of cards I have. Never thought to cross reference them by the title of your palette. What I hope to be able to get across without to much confusion on my part is an idea I came up with to help myself. Your pictures you refer to are so beautiful and explain the reasons for using these colors together at times.

    Is there a way to save the pictures to my computer? This way a student like myself who does not have the talent to put colors together can take and print these off on blocks of paper to put with the recipes for referral.

    Love and Uuuugggggs, Peggy with too much time to think. Yes my husband is suffering from all the ideas I am coming up for him to do. As if taking care of me isn’t enough. Thank you Cindy no matter the outcome I appreciate your time and consideration.

  9. Phaedrakat, 28 February, 2010

    @Peggy Barnes: Hi Peggy, are you asking if you can save the picture of the palette to your computer? You can — that’s what I do so that I can keep them organized with the recipes in one folder on my PC. All you have to do is right-click on the picture at the top of the page. A context menu will come up — choose “Save Picture As…” Choose the folder where you want to save it and name the picture whatever you like (or you can use the default picture name, “24-lakeside-color-palette-022-b-2009-08-28-209” for the one above.) Then save. I like to add the volume # and series (a or b) to the picture names on mine. I also posted about this the other day in another thread. Let me know if this doesn’t make sense…

  10. Silverleaf, 01 March, 2010

    @Peggy Barnes: Peggy, that’s great that you’re getting better. Yay!

    I see Phaedrakat’s already explained how to save pictures, isn’t she awesome!

    On my computer I have a folder called “Polymer Clay Recipes” which has other folders inside it; “Blues”, “Neutrals” and so on, and I save the recipes in the right folder for the colour groups (as marked on the top of the card). There’s also a folder called “Palettes” where I save the colour inspiration photos.

    Strangely, although I always collect the recipe cards, I’ve never actually made up any of the colours except the pearl ones Cindy used in the mica shift video. I think it’s because I tend to just mix up colours “by eye” as and when I need them, but now that have pretty much every colour of Premo I think I should start going through the recipes and mixing them up.

  11. Phaedrakat, 01 March, 2010

    @Silverleaf: Yep, same with me. I thought I could get away with my file system. It works fine, but it’s not the same as having the actual baked samples to look at. I’ve been tagging my recipes with their color family, so I can search for or sort them that way if I want. Mixing all the colors is another thing on my LONG list of things to do…

  12. Marsha, 02 March, 2010

    @Carolyn Winters: I’m sorry for your loss. I also make keepsake jewelry with dried flower petals. I’m in the process of updating my site but I would be happy to email you some pictures.

  13. Mollie Hubenak, 03 March, 2010

    @ Carolyn Winters: I would be more than happy to make a keepsake memorial bracelet for you. I am so sorry for your loss! Please visit my blog, to see pictures and contact information.

  14. Adelle Holland, 07 March, 2010

    Cindy: I am fairly new to your tutoring, and love it!! Is there a way to get the “B” series of color recipes that came before my subscription started? Thank you.

  15. Carolyn Fiene, 07 March, 2010

    @Adelle Holland: Welcome, Adelle, you’ll not be sorry that you joined our community. The longer I am a part of Cindy’s ‘community’, the more grateful I am that I found her. This group is one that is committed to caring and to sharing! How rare this sometimes is in the art world where everyone just looks out for themselves and closely guards their ‘secrets’.

    Anyway, to get to answering your query about the ‘old’ B recipes … I think this is a question that we’ve all had once we joined. Unfortunately, at the present time, the answer is ‘no’. There is no way to get the old B’s. Cindy knows we all want them and, in her spare time, someday, someway may make them available. In the meanwhile we should be thankful that we do get the ‘old’ A’s with each video series that we purchase.

    Be sure to keep the recipe info from each weekly newletter. Except for the new A’s, the recipes are not archived. It is up to us to keep for ourselves the ones we want. Many of us have set up ‘files’ on our computers and save the recipe files in them. The pictures for the palettes can also be saved.

    Hope all this helps … at least it should answer your question. Again, welcome … and don’t ever hesitate to ask questions. That’s what we are all about.

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