Polymer Clay Color Recipes | St. John’s Wort Palette [Premo]

St John's Wort Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor 1A: Teal Leaves
3A: Lily Pad
4A: Pewter Sky

Need some lively color recipes for your Summer Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects? Well I have the perfect color palette for you!

This beautiful flower that Doug captured in this photograph from our front yard, is called a Hypericum; also known as the St. John’s Wort. I have no idea who St. John is or what a Wort could possibly be. But with a flower this pretty, they can’t be all bad.

This sunny blossom is the inspiration for the Vol-037 A-series color recipes. They will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library in June 2011:

  • Teal Leaves (Recipe 037-1A)
  • Sunlight (Recipe 037-2A)
  • Lily Pad (Recipe 037-3A)
  • Pewter Sky (Recipe 037-4A)

Teal Leaves is the dark and dusty Blue-Green of the leaves in the background. Sunlight is the sunny Yellow of the blossoms of the St. John’s Wort shrub. Lily Pad is the limey Green star shaped bracts in the center of the flower. And Pewter Sky is the silvery Blue-Gray of the sky¬† peeking through the branches.

Color mixing is one of my biggest challenges. Your recipes are fantastic and I print them all out and keep them in a binder for future reference. I have done the Maggie Maggio course but still have trouble “seeing” which color to use to match a particular palatte. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience. Hugs. ~Sue-C

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

Cindy I love what you do, and how you put into words the instruction for others to follow. I love the colors of flowers in nature. Colors are always inspiring, but your videos and instruction really make me want to think outside the box. Thanks! ~Andrea-R


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  1. Silverleaf, 09 May, 2011

    Very nice – I’m not usually into yellow but I like this. :)

    Apparently the name St John’s wort comes from the fact that it’s traditionally harvested on St John’s Day, June 24th. The St John in question is John the Baptist.

    Wort is a very old English word (having origins in the German word for “root”) which was often used in the names of medicinal plants. And St John’s wort is a traditional herbal treatment for depression.

    Very interesting, I learned something finding that out!

  2. pollyanna, 09 May, 2011

    @Silverleaf: very informative. I’ve dealt a little with herbs but didn’t know about the ‘wort’ part.
    Cindy…love the sunlight and lily pad the most on this palatte. Very happy colors.

  3. Jeanne C., 09 May, 2011

    @Silverleaf: Thanks Anna for the great information!! It was very interesting. :)

  4. Cindy Lietz, 10 May, 2011

    Thanks everyone! Nature gives us an endless supply of wonderful color inspiration. Makes us open our eyes to see colors that we may not have thought we liked before, doesn’t it?

    @Silverleaf: Sorry I didn’t pop in sooner… it has been super busy around here since showing the free teardrop tutorial. I loved your comment! All my life I have had interest in flowers, herbs and the uses for them. So thank you for looking up the info and sharing it here for us all. What a cool bit of gardening trivia!

  5. Jeanne C., 09 May, 2011

    Thanks Cindy for another great color palette and Doug for another amazing picture!

  6. Dawn, 09 May, 2011

    Beautiful pallet. I love this one!

  7. pattw35, 10 May, 2011

    Isn’t nice when someone has something to add to our colors -Thanks Silverleaf!

    Cindy – I just love your cool color palette. It will be soothing in the hot weather to come ;D

  8. Cherie, 10 May, 2011

    Beautiful sunny palette, fresh and bright but also soothing. I love the names you give your colors Cindy, so descriptive.

  9. Phaedrakat, 10 May, 2011

    How beautiful — I’ve seen St. John’s Wort in the vitamins/supplements aisle in stores before, but never knew it was related to such a colorful flower! This is a gorgeous palette, Cindy. It cheers me up…perhaps the same way the herbal supplements are supposed to work! ;-)

    Thanks so much, Mr. & Ms. Leitz!

  10. Peggy Barnes, 11 May, 2011

    Doug does with a camera what you do with clay – pure artistic beauty. Love this color palette. Feel the warmth on my face while sitting in my garden. So relaxing. Love Love Love. Thank you both so very much.
    Many Uuuugggs

  11. Rebecca Chisenhall, 12 May, 2011

    These are really lovely colors…can’t wait to get my hands on them. Summery, indeed.

  12. Carol M, 03 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy:

    Can you tell me how I can get the format for the color card? I just want to have a uniform color file and I print out the lovely colors you have, but sometimes I come up with different colors and I would like to put them all on cards like what you offer. Also, I could not fine the website for the Katiedids. Do you have that handy? Thanks for all your help.

  13. Patty W, 04 June, 2011

    @Carol M: I dont know where you are but my michaels stores carry the Katiedids

  14. Phaedrakat, 04 June, 2011

    @Carol M: Are you looking for a blank recipe card?

    There’s one at the article with Carrie’s 11 Sculpey “guest” recipes. You’ll also find a link to the card at all of Sue F.’s Kato recipe posts. Regarding the Katiedids, try katiehacker.com & then click on “shop”. My Michael’s in Calif. doesn’t seem to have Katiedids, but here’s hoping they get them eventually. I hate to pay shipping unless I have to, and they’re so handy for a zillion clay & beading projects!

    @Patty W: Where are you located? So many of the Michaels stores discontinued the Katiedids, so I’m curious how long ago you saw them. Was it before they went on clearance (around the time Cindy first showed us Katiedids,) or more recently as a new product? Or somewhere in-between…perhaps they never went away like I thought? Here I go, trying to be a detective (LOL!)

  15. pattw35, 14 July, 2011

    @Phaedrakat: Re Katydids -Gianna – I live in Tucson, Az. The Katydids are HARD to find in my Michaels.
    They keep changing locations. Right now they are on an end cap, next to the jewelry section. Who knows where next week ? ;D

    I read on Katy’s blog, that all the stores will have her stuff in Nov. Stay tuned. Maybe they WILL appear…………..

  16. Phaedrakat, 19 July, 2011

    @pattw35: Thanks, Pat…not sure if you saw my comment above, but it tells where I finally found them in my store. They may have been there all along, or perhaps they move ’em around like your store does. At least people know to look in UN-obvious places for them now… ;D

  17. Linda K., 05 June, 2011

    Gee, my Michaels never even had the Katiedids products. And they still don’t have the new clay. I’m pouting.

  18. Phaedrakat, 12 July, 2011

    @Linda K.: My local Michael’s has Katiedid’s now. Found ’em with Beadalon Scrimps & watch faces, and other stuff I rarely look for. They only had one 5-component variety pk. for $8.99. (Used a 50% coupon, so $4.49 — can’t wait to try them!) Anyway, just wanted to let you know in case you overlooked that section, too… ;D Good luck! ~Kat

  19. Linda K., 13 July, 2011

    @Phaedrakat: Thanks, Kat. I was looking for them in the clay aisle. The watch faces are new and I haven’t really looked at them too carefully yet. Honestly, I have a hard time seeing anything that isn’t at eye level these days, so I miss a lot of things.

    At least my store now has all of the new clay colors–or at least they have all the colors they intend to sell. I’m waiting for another sale so I can stock up.

  20. Phaedrakat, 13 July, 2011

    @Linda K.: Ha! Funny about the eye level — of course the Katiedids were at the very bottom of the row. It’s nearly impossible for me to bend over to see them…instead I have to kneel/sit on the floor. I always look pretty “strange” doing this, but it’s the only way I can shop. (I don’t even want to think about how I look struggling to get back up off the floor!) Anyway, I hope they have Katiedids for you. They’re used with beads and crystals, too, so that’s why they’re kept in the beading section vs. clay. So glad your store finally has the new Premo colors! Now, let’s hope they have another clay sale so you can grab them all up…

    I stocked up during the last sale, but was disappointed when they didn’t have the new copper or 18K gold. Yesterday, they DID have the new copper color. So I bought it — another happy find. Retail therapy at it’s best, LOL! ~Kat

  21. Linda K., 13 July, 2011

    @Phaedrakat: If I knelt or sat on the floor, they’d probably have to get a couple of store employees to come and pick me up, LOL. I do this thing where I bend at the waist and turn sideways to look at the lower shelves. Then I have the problem of the glasses. I need reading glasses to see the things that are close, but when I’m bending over, I usually can’t get close enough to use them…and I can’t read anything without the glasses. Geesh, I’m the old lady I used to chuckle at when I was young and limber with good eyes!

  22. Jocelyn, 14 July, 2011

    @Linda K.: OOOooooo, Linda me too!!! If I accidently kneel, I am pretty dead in the water. Use a cane now to push myself off against gravity. It’s pretty funny.

  23. pattw35, 14 July, 2011

    @Linda K.: BIG LOL! At 76, I know the feeling. Exactly like you described……….teehee. Have to get someone to look for us, huh?

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