Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Wild Geranium Palette (Premo Sculpey)

Wild Geranium Polymer Clay Color Palette 1A: Wild Geranium
Modern Romance
3A: Slate
4A: Rain

I’ve been wanting to do a modern romantic color palette like this for awhile now. So when I was looking through Doug’s (my husband) flower photos, and saw the dark Fuchsia color in the center of this Wild Geranium, I knew I’d found the perfect inspiration!

I so enjoy your posts and adore the photographs that Doug takes for your inspiration.  Just love those flowers in your garden.  Where do you get the time to do all that you do?  You are a Wonder Woman indeed. ~Illaya-B

Today’s palette, unlike previous palettes, only uses one color (Wild Geranium) from the flower as part of the palette. The other colors were inspired by the Dusty Purple background of the photo, and some Gray based neutrals to give the palette a more industrial, modern, romantic feel.

The following individual recipes will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library during the month of Nov’09 in Vol-018 [A-Series]:

  • Wild Geranium (Recipe 018-1A)
  • Modern Romance (Recipe 018-2A)
  • Slate (Recipe 018-3A)
  • Rain (Recipe 018-4A)

Wild Geranium was inspired by the deep dark Fuchsia color, radiating from the center of the Wild Geranium blossom. Modern Romance represents the smoky purple of the background surrounding the petals. Slate is a Blue-Black Gray you would find on the counters of a modern Loft-Style Condo. And Rain is the soft gray color of a rain puddle on a polished concrete floor.

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  1. Elizabeth S., 21 October, 2009

    I love the gentle softness of this palette. Cindy, can we see the picture that inspired it? You refer to doug’s photography so frequently. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that it would be a treat to get a peek at a photo once in a while, especially those that inspire what you teach us. Just a thought.

  2. Silverleaf, 21 October, 2009

    This one’s right up my street! I love these colours. :)

  3. Jennifer, 21 October, 2009

    What beautiful colors, they are right up my alley. Can’t wait for this palette!

  4. JoyceM, 21 October, 2009

    Love those colors. Bring on November!

  5. Katie, 21 October, 2009

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

    Love the flower. Would love a video on how to make it.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 21 October, 2009

    Thanks ladies. I love providing these “studio tested” palettes for all of you. The colors are even more prettier in real life. This one is now one of my new favorites!

    A big part of creating professional looking jewelry is making sure that your color choices always compliment each other. So often I see projects that give you an “uncomfortable” feeling, simply because the colors clash so badly. Using my color palettes in your projects will solve this problem.

    BTW for anyone reading here who does not already know, I release 2 color palettes every single month. An A-series like the one shown above. These A-series colors are available to paid members only, at my Polymer Clay Tutor library. And a B-Series which is free for everyone to receive, if you subscribe to my weekly email newsletter at this link: Polymer Clay Guest List.

    @Elizabeth-S: I’m a bit confused by your suggestion “…that it would be a treat to get a peek at a photo once in a while.” Are you not seeing the daily pictures that get posted at the top of every single blog post? For example, today’s photo is of a wild Geranium Flower with the color chips layered onto the lower right quarter of the photo. If you are not seeing this photo, that would likely mean that your web browser is not set up to show images. Changing these settings is done through the tools or options links in the top menu of your web browser.

  7. Melinda, 21 October, 2009

    How very pretty these colors are… inspired me so much that I mixed up a palette close to the colors pictured above and then added a blueish green for an accent…. made four canes and some beads already today…. now I must go to my real job! Thank you for the fabulous morning!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 21 October, 2009

    You are such a “Do-er” Melinda. I love to hear stories like this. Polymer clay is so fun because you can jump right and and just do stuff without too much fuss’n around.

  9. Kelly, 21 October, 2009

    Such beautiful colors!! I think these colors are amazing for Winter 09/10 designs!!

  10. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 21 October, 2009

    Hi Cindy. I just love the way you discribed each of these colors. I felt so inspired after reading it. You are unbelievable and so talented in so many diffrent things. Hope everyone is well, Honey

  11. Deborah, 23 October, 2009

    oooooh such gorgeous colors…inspired by a wonderful photograph! Can’t wait! =D

  12. Cheryl H, 23 October, 2009

    They’re my favorite colors too! I’d love to learn how to make the flower.
    Thanks Cindy, I look out for your email every Friday.

    Have a great week

  13. Cindy Lietz, 29 October, 2009

    Thank you everyone, you are so sweet! Maybe someday I’ll make a flower cane inspired by these colors too!

  14. Jacqui Tolin, 20 February, 2010

    Cindy — I was looking at the the “wild geranium” color and wondered if you had a tutorial for how to do a flower like this? I saw the spliced cane, but I’m looking for those long veins of color. Thanks, Jacqui

  15. Phaedrakat, 21 February, 2010

    @Jacqui Tolin: From Cindy’s comment above yours, I’m wondering if she’ll do a tut on this in the future. No way to tell, though, so I was wondering if you could perhaps manipulate her Flower Petal tut.

    It seems like by changing a few things in this petal tut, you could create a flower like the one above. If you cut & recombined it fewer times, the veins of color would be longer and would stand out more. You could use a different blend, one with more of the light color. Then, finally, you would use less petals, and shape them differently before assembling the flower and packing the cane. If you haven’t already done so, you should check out the videos in Volume 15.

    It has a “Graffiti Beads” video, as well as all of the flower cane parts videos. Vol-015 is the first back issue I ever bought, and I was very happy with it! I think this could be the way to go to create a flower like the one you asked about.

  16. Jacqui, 21 February, 2010

    Thanks guys! As it turned out, after hunting through my growing stack of tutorials, I found one that worked perfectly. I made a skinner blend plug, with a lot of light/white on the end. I cut it into fourths, and then folded the 1/4 pieces so the dark color was on the inside and the pieces were almost flat. I cut and reassembled a few times, and it worked quite well!

  17. Phaedrakat, 21 February, 2010

    @Jacqui: That’s great, I’m glad you experimented and figured it out! It would be awesome to see pictures. You could send them in to Cindy, showing your cane or the beads, jewelry, etc. you make with it…

  18. Cindy Lietz, 04 March, 2010

    @Jacqui: That is excellent to hear! Sounds like you figured out the perfect solution!

    @Phaedrakat: Thanks for helping out Jacqui! You are such a sweetheart! :-)

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