Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Peeled Bark Palette [Premo Sculpey]

Peeled Bark Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

1B: Sea Glass
Moss Stone
Peeled Bark


It was my shutterbug daughter Willow, that took this nature photo while climbing in in the big cherry tree at Grandma’s house. Figures she would have her camera with her :-)

Today’s color palette was originally going to be called Wood Bug … because of the little guy just peeking out from under the title bar graphic in the picture. But since he is so hard to see, that name does not really work too well.

So I changed my mind and used Peeled Bark as the name for this upcoming Volume-039 [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 August 2011.



  • Sea Glass (Recipe 039-1B)
  • Moss Stone (Recipe 039-2B)
  • Peeled Bark (Recipe 039-3B)
  • Redwood (Recipe 039-4B)



Sea Glass represents the green lichen on this tree branch… it’s the exact same color as some surf tumbled glass fragments that I’ve found while beachcombing along our beautiful west coast shores. Moss Stone is the Stone Gray color of the clean bark patches not yet covered by lichen. Peeled Bark is the soft Brown revealed in the underside of the peeling bark. And Redwood is the Rusty Red Brown of the branch where the bark has been worn away to bare wood.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-039 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-039 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of August, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Pink Rose Palette

I love how you interact with nature, Cindy. It is an inspiration when you share how you come by your palettes. I picture myself walking the beach with you. Looking forward to seeing what this artistic community will do with this… the accomplishments of others lightens my days. All of you are awesome! ~Joyce-M

You know Cindy, if you ever decide to give up clay, you’d probably be very successful at Interior Design. Your color palettes are awesome. ~Katie-C

I like your color recipes and really would like more. I do have a problem with picking colors that look good together. I like earthtones and they do not reduce well, and tend to get lost in my designs when reduced. I have been working with polymer clay for quite some years now. Thanks for your help from all of us clayers. ~Lynn-W


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  1. pattw35, 18 July, 2011

    Good neutral palette. Good for backgrounds. Great Pic Willow. Used to love climbing trees, too LOL

  2. pollyanna, 18 July, 2011

    I especially like the sea glass and red wood…..great colors

  3. Jocelyn, 18 July, 2011

    We split our wood for the Ashley in the living room. Loved the look and smell of native cedar, stuff would last forever. Not an easy tree to climb however.

    From one coast to another, Cindy, you captured the sea glass perfectly. Yum!

  4. Phaedrakat, 18 July, 2011

    Oooh, isn’t this a pretty palette? Nice job, Cindy (from great inspiration, Willow!) Thanks so much for these recipes. I think it’s amazing that you offer wonderful B-series palettes like this one FREE — you’re quite the giving sort!!! :D ~Kat

  5. Silverleaf, 19 July, 2011

    Another awesome photo Willow! Love the natural colours of this palette.

  6. Catalina, 19 July, 2011

    Are you sure this is Willow’s photography? :) She is really getting a good eye! I would have loved to had a camera at her age. When my dad let me borrow his SLR camera for the first time, taking photos at the dress rehersal of a high school musical production, I was in heaven! (I didn’t tell him I dropped his electronic flash! It didn’t break! Thank God!)

  7. Sherry K, 20 July, 2011

    Cindy, my grand daughter and I have learned so much and it has been wonderful. I appreciate the positive attitude that you always have in teaching. It makes me want to hurry and get another video. I love being able to go to the web and look up a recipe and look at a video to make sure we are doing things right. The ideas are phenomenal. My GD and I sit together and just soak it up. Thanks again for all you do… we love it sherry

  8. Candace M, 21 July, 2011

    Cindy you’re amazing with the colors. You must have a secret system by now for knowing just what to mix to get the colors. I hate to be cliche but . . . you’re awesome!


  9. Carol M, 22 July, 2011

    Hi Cindy, I love your color sets, in addition to your jewelry and bead designs. It is like a drug for me.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 03 August, 2011

    Thank you everyone for your sweet comment! Yes Willow is getting very good at her photography. If you missed it, she and her Dad shot the new gallery photos of the ‘Ballroom Shimmer’ Earrings posted on Monday. It will be a real pleasure having her talented help around here at the blog.

    I am so glad that you are all enjoying the color recipes so much. Mixing polymer is ‘like a drug’ to me too Carol.

    Most of the time I can just look at a color and know what base colors it will take to mix them. Sometimes I even ‘nail it’ the first time. Other colors can be quite tricky though. Especially some of the Browns and Greens. You can always tell when it was hard for me to get the color right, when you look at my little bag of samples for each palette. There is always a larger ball of the tricky color to mix!

  11. kay, 04 October, 2011

    I somehow missed looking at the seaglass recipe! Is there any way to get it at this late date? Thanks!

  12. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 04 October, 2011

    Hi Kay,

    For the complimentary B-series color recipes, currently you must download them to your computer when the email newsletters arrive in your inbox each Friday. But please note due to issues with digital theft, the links to the B-recipes in the email newsletters expire after a couple of weeks. So you need to be diligent about grabbing them while they are available.

    That being said, we are working on setting up a secure archive section at the library, that will make it more convenient to access all of the recipe cards. However, this resource is not yet ready. So much to do, so little time :-)

    Also if you did not know, the recipes do cycle through the newsletter twice. So if you miss some on the first go round, you can always grab them on round two.

  13. kay, 04 October, 2011

    Wow, Doug – what a quick and nice reply! Thanks for that info. Will look forward to the secure archive section.

    I still can’t access your new video format, but I really appreciate all the work you did with me to try to make it work a few months ago. Since then, I’ve done even more updating of everything, but still no go. However, I can still enjoy your old-style videos. Wish I knew the answer to this mystery – so frustrating! Thanks again, Doug! Kay

  14. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 04 October, 2011

    Technology… can’t live with it… can’t live without it ;-\ … Thanks for ongoing patience.

  15. Sharon B., 17 February, 2012

    I haven’t tried the recipes for this palette yet (bad girl!), but I wanted to let you know that the name of the third clay color used in “Sea Glass” is partially incorrect. I almost thought that Premo had *another* new color [grin]. Funny, but there’s a color in S3 that’s similar (although darker), and its name is the incorrect portion of the Premo color (if that makes sense).

    Just a note so that it could be corrected when it’s posted again.

    Thanks for your colorful recipes,


  16. Cindy Lietz, 17 February, 2012

    Holy Cow Sharon you are right! There are a couple mistakes on that card. First I call the color ‘Sea Glass’ in this post and ‘Beach Glass’ on the card, then I call ‘Spanish Olive’, ‘Spanish Moss’. Man, I shouldn’t type if I am too tired. Hopefully everyone is as smart as you and figured it out. I will get Doug to make the changes right away. Thank you!

  17. Kay H, 10 August, 2012

    Hi, Cindy and Doug! I was SO delighted when I saw the recipe for Sea Glass come around again, just as Doug said it would! I think I yelled “YAY!” when I saw it in my inbox, and then hoped I hadn’t awakened my hubby. Then I shot a quick email to my friend in Oz, Elizabeth, who is a member here, and who knew I had been searching for it. Thanks for making it come ’round again!

  18. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 10 August, 2012

    You are very welcome Kay. Nice to hear from you.

  19. Kay H, 10 August, 2012

    Thanks, Doug, and thanks, you two, for that wonderful SUGRU vid – have already made a list of things we can use it for, including car and glasses repair, and even perhaps Zen-style towers of rocks for various spots outside. I’ll be sure to order it through your link, too.

  20. Yvette M, 25 January, 2022

    Up to two weeks ago, Ievery Friday, I was receiving an Email from you with one of your fine recipes. So, as for the Peeled Bark Palette, I did not get the Redwood (Recipe 039-4B). I was on the lookout for it but never got your email and I just wonder why!
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and ideas with us! I appreciate very much!
    Stay safe!

  21. Cindy Lietz, 25 January, 2022

    Hi Yvette – We are in the process of moving to a new home and are currently in frantic packing mode. So… there will be blips in our publishing schedule this month. Will get back to normal early in Feb. Thanks for your patience.

  22. Yvette M, 26 January, 2022

    Thank you for your quick reply. As long as you are all ok, it’s the main thing! Looking forward to receiving your emails in the near future…
    All the best to you all !

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