Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Rocks and Minerals Palette (Premo)

Rocks and Minerals Polymer Clay Color Palette 1A: Rusty Iron
3A: Lichen
4A: Granite

If you like warm color palettes, then you’re going to love this one! It’s so rich and earthy that I’ve called it Rocks and Minerals.

This photo is a close-up of one of the exposed alpine rocks up at Whistler Mountain, taken during our 2009 summer vacation. In fact this is the very location of the 2010 Winter Olympics Games that are happening right now, as I’m typing this post.

Cindy you’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful area with the wonderful city of Vancouver so close. We’ve had a couple of ski vacations to Whistler and done some sightseeing in Vancouver. I sure do hope that the mountains get a couple of big snowfalls in time for the Olympics! ~Linda-K

It is exciting to hear the Olympics will be so close to you. The weather and snow Whistler has needed has definitely fallen in Iowa. I would be happy to send some your way. ~Anna-S

Everyone is complaining about snow across the US. We need to somehow get some to Vancouver – they need it for the Olympics! Hmmm, but how to ship snow. ~Phaedrakat

Sorry, nothing to do with polymer clay but just wanted to say how beautiful Canada is and beautiful Olympic Opening Ceremony. ~Catherine-R

How exciting to see the Olympics that close to your neighborhood. Wish I could be up there right now. ~Lupe-M


Cindy, Gold for Canada, how wonderful! It’s always the hardest to get the first one and hopefully there will be much more. The Olympics are so exciting. I wish all the athletes could bring home the gold. They deserve so much credit just for being there. WOW! ~Joyce-M

How exciting for you Canadians! I know you must be feeling proud – being the host country really gives a sense of pride and patriotism that you forget sometimes. It’s been a long time since we’ve had that pleasure (hosting the Olympics locally – LA, 1984!). But I remember how fun it was to see people from all over the world, and playing host to them. ~Phaedrakat

OK… I know those quotes did not have much of anything to do with Polymer Clay. But it’s not often you get a huge and exciting global event like this, happening right in your very own back yard. So thank you everyone for being part of this great Olympic experience with me.

The following individual recipes will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library during the month of Mar-2010 in Vol-022 [A-Series]:

  • Rusty Iron (Recipe 022-1A)
  • Sandstone (Recipe 022-2A)
  • Lichen (Recipe 022-3A)
  • Granite (Recipe 022-4A)

Rusty Iron is the orangey rust color so dominant on this rock and Sandstone is the rich golden color it bleeds into. Lichen is the mossy green color of the lichen spotting the rock and Granite is the stone gray of the rock underneath it all.

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  1. Sue F, 21 February, 2010

    Lovely palette, Cindy! :D

  2. Melinda Herron, 21 February, 2010

    Very beautiful colors to match a very beautiful landscape.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2010

    Thanks Sue and Melinda. Glad you like it!

    GENERAL NOTE TO EVERYONE: Always keep in mind that my web photos of these palettes are just close representations of the actual colors. No two computer monitors will display the shades exactly the same.

    In fact, there can often be significant variations from computer to computer. For example, the “4A” Granite color shown above, looks more brown on my screen than it should be. But Doug’s system shows it closer to the grey tone which the actual chip mixes up to in real life.

    So really the only way to get a completely accurate representation of the color, is by getting out your clay and mixing up the actual recipes. And even then, you will still see variations depending on lighting conditions.

    The link by my name will take you to another article where Sue-F discusses how she takes into account light variations when she mixes up her Kato PolyClay color recipes.

  4. Lisa Whitham, 21 February, 2010

    I absolutely love these Rock and Mineral colors! It will be interesting to try to replicate them in Kato…

    ~Lisa :)

  5. carolyn, 21 February, 2010

    These colors are gorgeous, Cindy. How I love rock hunting … and now I’ll be able to rock hunt right in my Premo bin!

  6. Melinda Herron, 21 February, 2010

    @ Cindy: Wow, and I was thinking while looking at that palette that I would make that brown more of a gray color if I mixed it up. FABULOUS!
    I do love your color palettes. I find fabulous inspiration and I’ve actually started saving the recipes now (when I first started I didn’t) but I have actually mixed up very few of them because somehow I feel like I’m cheating if I do (not that anyone else should feel this way, it’s my Color Theory and Design professor’s voice in my head). But I use them as inspiration for my own color mixing times and I find them utterly invaluable. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  7. Phaedrakat, 21 February, 2010

    I absolutely love these colors. “Lichen” is especially gorgeous to me, (I love greens.) I’ll have to start thinking about what I want to use this lovely palette for.

  8. Silverleaf, 21 February, 2010

    I like this color palette Cindy, I’ve always loved rocks, especially lichen-covered ones.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2010

    Glad you guys are liking this palette. I had Doug tweak that brown-gray issue with the “4A” Granite color chip. It should be closer to the “real” color now on your computer screens… hopefully anyways :-) Aren’t colors fun!

  10. Sue F, 21 February, 2010

    @Lisa Whitlam: I’ll definitely be doing a Kato conversion for this palette, but I’ll wait until I can mix up the Premo colours first for reference. :)

  11. Freda, 21 February, 2010

    I just came back from a polymer clay retreat sponsored by the Dayton and Columbus Ohio guilds. It was fabulous, but the best thing was the attention the extruder flower cane got. I don’t know how many people I showed it to and then they would tell others and I would be showing it again and again. I always mentioned where I learned it. Some people hadn’t heard about you, Cindy, but others had heard but never visited your site. Thanks for giving me the knowledge I needed to make new friends and tell them about your tutorials.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2010

    Thank you SO MUCH Freda, for helping to spread the word about the community here. It is greatly appreciated!

    And if I’m not mistaken, I think it was Dale Carnegie, author of one of the greatest self-help books ever written, that said…

    “The extruder flower cane technique is a great way to win friends and influence (polymer clay) people.”

    OK so I embellished a bit – LOL. But it’s true :-)

    By the way, when all of you are out there sharing information about this community with your Guilds and with other other polymer clay enthusiasts, please remember to emphasize that this friendly community is absolutely free. You don’t even have to join anything to benefit from it.

    The $3 fee to also be able to watch my 4 weekly video tutorials each month, is just the cherry on top. It even includes an A-series Color Palette thrown in for good measure… like the one at the top of this page.

    But please let everyone know that becoming a paid member here, is definitely NOT required.

    However, as many of you regulars can attest to, the $3.32 monthly cost is kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Even suitable for those who are only half serious about polymer clay… whether you are a beginner or more advanced. There really is inspiration here for every one who shares a passion for polymer clay.

    Unlike the fun Dale Carnegie quote above, which was ever-so-slightly embellished, the following recent quip is actually for real. It does a pretty good job of putting the paid part of things in perspective…

    “Your site is a bargain in today’s world of the $5 coffee.” ~Jessica-M

    So anyways, thanks again Freda for helping to spread the word. Everyone will benefit from the larger pool of knowledge as this community grows.

  13. Joyce M, 21 February, 2010

    I’m so glad I checked back just now and I also hope that my monitor is showing me colors that will be close to your recipes, Cindy.

    These rocks and minerals color recipes are awesome. The background image makes me want to go there. In fact I’d love to track down all the beautiful scenes in Doug’s truly professional photos. Way to go, Doug and Cindy. March will be a sensuous month. Thank you both!

    Joyce M

  14. carolyn, 21 February, 2010

    Thanks for the tweak, Doug! Now it really matches the granite in the photo. I must admit though that the old color more closely matched the granite we have here at Lake Tahoe. But then God added a lot of variety in His world!

  15. Elizabeth S., 21 February, 2010

    I love this palette and can’t wait for the recipes.
    On a non-related note, my immediate and extended family gathered this evening for pizza and the Olympics. I speak of you often, Cindy, as I show them examples of each new thing I learn from your teachings, but tonight was especially fun as I shared your comments and observations as a Vancouverite ( I hope this is the right description of someone from Vancouver) during these amazing days. They were especially impressed to learn that the torch actually passed close to your house and mused about how awesome that must have been. Then, too, was the running commentary about the beauty of the country as we enjoyed the events. Canadians must be so proud and rightfully so!

  16. Lisa Whitham, 22 February, 2010

    @Sue F – I can hardly wait for your recipes… :) It’s fantastic that you can do this. I’m not so good at color mixing. Still, now and then I still try. Thanks again Sue!

    ~Lisa :)

  17. Ken H., 22 February, 2010

    Those colors are fantastic, can’t wait to see the in person. Philadelphia was chosen to be one of the host citys should the US bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. While not the Olympics it sure would be exciting.

  18. Phaedrakat, 22 February, 2010

    Hi Ken, I hope you’re not having to dig yourself out of snow so much lately (haven’t been paying attention to your weather, so don’t know if it’s gotten better.) You sounded pretty tired in the last comment I saw that you’d written! That’s cool about the World Cup. I love Philly. I’ve only been a couple times, and never in winter (so missed the snow.) But it’s such a historical city. I had some happy times there!

  19. Mary U, 22 February, 2010

    O Canada! Cindy, you lucky thing. The Olympics showcases your gorgeous country beautifully. The Whistler colours for Vol-022 rocks palette are stunning. And the 2010 Olympic logo, that man in stone, such strong design – h’mmm, a poly pendant, think you perhaps? An American visitor to Australia said that he loved Sydney; it was, he said, “like Vancouver and Hawaii had a baby.” Looking at Vancouver, that’s a high compliment to Sydney.

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