Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Tickseed Flower Palette (Premo)

Tickseed Flower Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: Tickseed Flower
Sahara Gold
Maple Leaf

Such a vibrant and warm wildflower, the Tickseed is! Similar to a sunflower in color but much smaller and wispier in stature. These beauties can be found swaying in the breeze on a hot summer day and in fact were found alongside the road on our trip into the Mountains of Whistler last August, 2009.

The lovely warm shades of the Tickseed flower are the perfect compliment to Summer and Fall wardrobes. They work well in polymer clay canework, mokume gane, as well as many other polymer clay techniques.

The recipes for each of the following 4 Summer colors will be released during the month of June in Volume-025 [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.

  • Tickseed Flower (Recipe 025-1B)
  • Sahara Gold (Recipe 025-2B)
  • Maple Leaf (Recipe 025-3B)
  • Mahogony (Recipe 025-4B)

Tickseed Flower is the vibrant, rich yellow found within the creases of this  wildflower’s petals. Sahara Gold is the sandy golden color of the pollen coated fringe of the flower’s center. Maple Leaf is the rusty orange found deep in the center’s core. And Mahogany is the reddish brown seeds giving the Tickseed its name.

The recipe names listed above are from the Vol-025 B-Series Palette. They are free to download, for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List.

If you want to see the Vol-025 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of June, then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Forget-Me-Not Palette

I’m just beginning to experiment with mixing colors, so I believe the recipe cards will come in really handy. Keep up the fantastic work! ~June-W

I like your color recipes and really would like more. I do have a problem with picking colors that look good together. I like earth tones 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

I love the colors of flowers in nature to and I think that those colors in that one flower are amazing. 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. Laura B, 26 May, 2010

    Oh, yummy! I’m not normally a person that likes yellows and browns very much or uses a lot of them in my palette, but these are great colours!

  2. Susan K, 26 May, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    Just popping over to say hello. These are such warm, homey colors. You can do so much with this color palate. Although I’m a “winter”, as mentioned in my current post, I love these shades. Love them.


  3. Hobokenmary, 26 May, 2010

    Earthtones, my favorite! Thanks Cindy!

  4. Anna Sabina, 26 May, 2010

    In the US these are a perennial call Coreopsis. A lovely species.

  5. Cheryl Hodges, 26 May, 2010

    I love these warm, sunny colors! Good for summer and fall too.

  6. carolyn, 26 May, 2010

    Love it! How about a cane for this kind of flower? And speaking of landscape canes, did you all see the Polymer Clay Daily post today … LANDSCAPE CANE!!!! Fabulous … Cindy???? What a challenge this will be!

    If you don’t get that in email, you can see what I am talking about here:
    thearchipelago.net/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=125&idcategory=7 Just stick the www. in front of the link and you should get there. This is a real WOW especially since we were just talking about this very thing!

  7. Phaedrakat, 26 May, 2010

    @carolyn: I thought the same thing when I saw my email today. I thought, “Landscape canes? We were just talking about that…”

  8. Phaedrakat, 26 May, 2010

    Gorgeous palette, Cindy. I love the warm, earthy colors; I’m sure I’ll be able to put them to good use sometime soon. I’m working on getting ready to work, if that makes any sense… Thanks so much for these wonderful color recipes! You are so generous, and creative!

  9. Sue F, 27 May, 2010

    Lovely colours, Cindy! :)

  10. Patt W, 09 June, 2010


    I also joined as a member. When will my monthly subscription start? With which Volume? Does this go out every Fri? Can’t wait! I REALLY love your videos! I have been doing PC for 5 years, BUT your site is wonderful. Thanks for being YOU!


  11. Phaedrakat, 09 June, 2010

    @Patt W: Welcome, Patt! You’re going to love it here; the videos are fantastic, and this is a wonderful, supportive, caring community as well. Not only does Cindy provide outstanding video tutorials, she also gives us a voice in what kinds of tute she films. If there’s something you’d like to see, by all means comment on it. Cindy keeps a list of requests, and tries to accomodate them as best she can. Our comments are almost like votes. So the more people that speak up on a topic, the better the chances of it becoming a Friday tutorial. Feel free to ask questions, also. There are so many helpful, experienced people here willing to help. After five years, I imagine you’ve got some tips of your own to share! :D

    BTW, from which part of the world are you joining us? I’m from Riverside, CA, US, and you probably know that Cindy is from Canada. There are members who comment regularly from all over the world, so perhaps there’s someone here who’s a neighbor! Anyway, happy to meet you. I hope you enjoy your membership as much as I do!

  12. Patt W, 09 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Hi Phaedrakat! I live in the hot (103-107 this week) ole Tucson Az. The heat drives you inside -O.K. with me I HAVE TUTES TO READ !!!! I have been doing Polyclay for about 5 yrs. Belong to the Tucson Polymer Clay Guild. Great gals ! I ordered 1,) actually 4 -heavy finger on the submit button). Just to see if I would like it. Well, duh -of course I LOVE it. The back issues got me going – as with most of you I am a visual learner. What a good fit. Can’t wait for my first member volume. Hee Hee. I am a Grandmother to 3 great grand kids

  13. Carolyn F, 09 June, 2010

    @Patt W: Welcome, Patt! This truly is a wonderful group to be connected with, not only for polymer clay but for all of life. We share our ups and downs. This group recently held me up in prayer as I spent 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital with an ulcerated esophagus. Needless to say I didn’t do any claying during that time and I am just now getting back with it. One of the great things about Cindy’s videos is that you always have access to them in your personal library … you can go back and look and learn any time. I’ve looked at all the ones I missed while I was sick and soon I’ll get around to trying my hand and making them. Cindy is so down to earth … and makes the lessons so easy to understand. You are going to just love it here!

  14. Phaedrakat, 10 June, 2010

    @Patt W: Hi Patt! I answered your comment at the other page, but I wanted to say congrats on your fantastic great grandkids (of whom you’re obviously proud!) :D

    I can tell it’s going to be fun having you around. I think you’ll be having a blast, too! 24 hrs from now, you’ll receive an email telling you a new tute is ready for viewing! You’ll also recieve color recipes — 3 of them! Don’t forget to save them to your PC, especially the B-series (they are not stored in the library. The only way to get to them is through the email link.) Some people like to make the color recipes right away; others use various organization systems in their PC.

    You might also want to save the color palette picture with your recipes for quick reference. To do that on a PC, right click on the picture at the top of this page, then choose “Save Picture As…” from the context menu. Decide where to save your picture (create a new “Color Recipes Folder”) and give your picture file a name that includes the Volume #, name of the palette, and any other info you’d like to be able to search for, as your recipe file gets larger & larger! Let me know if you want more info on this. I can point you to some discussions and directions for different filing systems and color sample chips people have come up with.

    BTW, What type of clay do you like to use? I was just wondering… Anyway, I promise to leave you alone now. heehee. ;D Have a really great day! :D ~Kat

  15. Cindy Lietz, 09 June, 2010

    @Everyone: So glad to hear that you are all liking this new Vol-025 B-series Color Palette. Thank you very much for letting me know.

    @Patt W – Welcome the library Patt. It’s great to have you as part of the community. Be sure to get involved as much as possible here at the blog. It is such a fun, friendly and supportive group. Your subscription starts with Vol-025. And yes, pretty much like clockwork, the tutorial videos get posted every Friday.

    Hopefully a few other members will give yo a big warm welcome as well well :-) — The more you guys get to know each other on an individual basis, the better this community gets for everyone. Happy claying!!!

  16. Patt W, 10 June, 2010

    Hi gang ! Thanks for the welcome – that’s so nice. D-kat – I use Premo and sometimes when I am too lazy to blend, a little bit of Sculpey 3. The new Premo is sure different, but am getting use to it. Still my fav. Also thanks for the info above. I have already made a bunch of color recipes. Guess I’ll have to make a polyclay box for them ! Yup.
    Isn’t the best fun ? I am having a ball with the tutes……….Yeah Cindy


  17. Phaedrakat, 11 June, 2010

    @Patt W: Hi Patt, I hope you enjoyed your first Friday tutorial today! I thought I would give you the link I mentioned, where members discussed some of the ways they organize their color recipes. Some use Cindy’s recipe cards, and some cut larger chips out of the mixed clay. One of the ideas I especially like is cutting TWO samples of every mixed color. This way you can organize your samples by color AND by palette.

    This links to the first comment in the discussion: Organizing Your Polymer Clay Color Recipes

    This topic continues almost throughout the entire post, explaining both simple and complicated methods. There are some pictures to show how Sue F. organizes her color chips on ball chain for ease of use. Anyway, I thought you might want to read these tips before you got too far into mixing your own colors. Especially if you decide you want to try a more involved method.
    Have a Happy Friday!

  18. Patt W, 13 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: It is hard enough to keep up with the color recipe s that are sent out. But all the colors are yummy ! So I”m keeping it simple. Just the recipe cards – hahah. And you thought I would do something complicated, yeah right…….Hugs, Pattw

  19. Phaedrakat, 14 June, 2010

    @Patt W: LOL! I really DID laugh out loud at your comment. It is rather funny, expecially when I haven’t even mixed most of my colors yet. I do have them very nicely organized on my PC, though. When I need a recipe, it’s very easy to find. Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying things! ;D

  20. Cheryl Hodges, 14 June, 2010

    Sorry I missed this post. Welcome Patt. You’re going to love it here. Cindy as you probably already know is a fabulous teacher and so generous and she and her husband Doug do so much. The clay community here is way beyond just clayers; I’ve found such a supportive , caring group always ready to help out with answers, prayer, fun.
    Happy claying!

  21. pattw35, 14 June, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Hi Cheryl -you are so right. Everyone is so helpful, I really feel welcome.. It so much fun chatting with you all. If it’s not fun – don’t do it. That’s my motto – works for me and you too. The first tute was what I expected -a winner! I have 4 back issues. They really got me started. Almost overload though -felt I had to make all the tutes NOW. Time to relax and just do one at a time -whew. Lovin’ it………..Pattw

  22. Phaedrakat, 15 June, 2010

    @pattw35: That’s awesome that you jumped right in! If you read Monday’s post, you saw that there’s going to be another contest. Keep up with the posts for more on the rules, but basically post pictures of your pieces based on Cindy’s tutorials (or at least “inspired by them”) on your blog, Facebook, Flickr, etc. Include a link back to this site, to the corresponding tutorial [Video] page—the one with the preview video of the tute on it. The more visitors that get sent back here from your links, the better your chances of winning a set of Cindy’s beads.

    I forgot to ask, do you sell your beads and/or jewelry? Do you have an Etsy acct. or website? If so, it’s also good exposure, as people will want to go see your photos, and your work will get the extra attention (I’m guessing) it deserves! I’m so happy you’re enjoying your tutes. I watched my back issues super-fast, too!

  23. pattw, 15 June, 2010

    Hi gang, again. I do not have any sites yet, Etsy etc. But, lol, because I have so much stuff done, I really need something. Probably use Flicker. I don’t sell much. Just off my person, If someone wants it. Grin. Pays to advertise, huh? The rest goes to friends, relatives sort of thing. But WHERE am I going to put my new Stuff? Selling sounds right -al least enough money to buy NEW tutes…………Pattw

  24. Phaedrakat, 15 June, 2010

    @pattw: They’re still talking about “the best” photo sites, and other info at yesterday’s post. If you have specific questions about selling your stuff, you should ask there. Lots of experienced clayers can offer you feedback and tips on how & where to sell…

  25. pattw, 15 June, 2010

    Oh, btw, I printed out some blank recipe cards. I forgot how to get back to that thread, now that I need more. Help……..
    Thanks, Pattw

  26. Phaedrakat, 15 June, 2010

    @pattw: Here’s the link:
    Blank Polymer Clay Recipe Card

  27. Patt W, 15 June, 2010

    Thanks kat -appreciate this. Pattw

  28. Carol, 18 June, 2010

    Thank you so much for the lovely color cards. I am collecting them against the day I can get the chaos cleared in my crafting room enough to make way for getting back to polymer.

    Something struck me about the polishing idea. Would a rock tumbler work on big beads? I don’t remember much about the rock tumbling but I do remember that some of the dullest looking pebbles and stones turned out to be quite pretty when tumbled.

    A penitent lapsed poly fan,

  29. Phaedrakat, 18 June, 2010

    @Carol: Hi Carol, as long as you’re penitent, we’ll forgive you. LOL I’m really happy you’re coming back to the polymer clay fun. I’m working on some “chaos” of my own — we’re getting a pool/jacuzzi put in, and the entire back yard & garage had to be cleared. That lead to big moves & changes in the house, which lead to chaos and messes I hoped I wouldn’t have to deal with until I felt better. Anyway, I know what it feels like to have your clay boxed up on one side of the room, but not be able to get to it because of all of the stuff in the way, or because of things you need to “do first”. Whew, bet you didn’t want to hear all that!

    I hope you’re making better progress than I am, and getting some of the crafty-mess cleared every day. Throw out what you can (which is SO HARD as a crafter, because everything can be used for something!) But if the mess is keeping you from doing what you want, then you’re better off tossing it. Get to that clay, and have fun!

    You’re right about tumblers being used to smooth clay beads. Cindy has a video tutorial on it, called Polish Beads Using a Lortone Rock Tumbler.

    There’s an intro video on the page, as well as lots of comments and tips about the various things you can use as substrate in the tumbler. Cindy’s video is excellent, and you can purchase the back issue if you’re interested (I just got it myself last month.)

    If you prefer to do some reading on the subject, there’s a lot of info in the articles. Follow the link above, and you’ll find a link in the article above the intro video. It’s to an older thread with all kinds of information. The post & the comments below are kind of funny to read, because it started before Cindy had her process down, and everyone was experimenting with different things in their tumblers. It’s both educational AND funny!

    That article has a link to an even older post/thread, but it’s got some great info too. People keep posting on all of the threads, so the info is in several places. Anyway, that’s where you can find tumbler tips & information if you want it (you can use the tumbler for buffing, as well.) Of course, Carolyn’s way is the best to find info here at the blog: use the search box. You never know what gems of info you’ll find! I hope to hear you’re claying again really soon, Carol. Have fun!

  30. carolyn, 18 June, 2010

    There actually has been quite a bit of discussion in the past about tumbling clay beads. If you enter tumbler or tumbling in the search field I bet you’ll find lots of references.

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