Rain Dance Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-057-A

Rain Dance Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Fairy Wings
Rain Dance
3-A: Mantis
4A: Mossy Knoll

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little restless for Spring to arrive. So when looking for inspiration for this next color recipe palette, I was naturally drawn to this photo Willow shot last Spring as the new spring bulbs began shooting up through the soil.

Willow has always been fascinated with the way droplets of water cling to the surface of plants and flowers after a rain or heavy dew. So it is a common focus in several of her photographs.

The raindrops on the daffodil stems in this photo led my mind through the garden gate and into an imaginary world of tiny fairies dancing amongst the blossoms after a heavy down pour. Hence the name ‘Rain Dance’ for this color palette.

I hope you enjoy this inspiring Spring palette for the Vol-057-A recipe Series.

Rain Dance Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

The following Vol-057 A-series Rain Dance color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of February 2013:

  • Fairy Wings (Recipe 057-1A)
  • Rain Dance (Recipe 057-2A)
  • Mantis (Recipe 057-3A)
  • Mossy Knoll (Recipe 057-4A)


Fairy Wings is the palest blue green of a Fairy’s wings, found in the sunlight dancing in the water droplets on the foliage. Rain Dance is the watery blue green of the raindrops as they gather and roll down the stems and leaves of the flowers further dampening the ground at their feet. Mantis is the fresh green color of the leaves and of the Preying Mantis watching the Fairies Dance on the garden floor. And Mossy Knoll is the gray green of a stem in the photo, as well as the color of the soft mossy knolls in which the Fairies have built their cozy homes.

Hi Cindy, thank you for all the hard work you put into coming up with these color recipes. Your work is truly amazing. ~Karen-R

WOW – Your inspiration not only comes across in my clay world but in my world of color too. I’m not very disciplined when it comes to making my own colors even though you have it all layed out for us. Once again, thank you for being you Cindy. You not only ROCK MY WORLD with creativity you COLOR MY WORLD. You definately have inspired my inner me. Love and Uuuuugggggggs. ~Peggy-B

I’m useless at colour mixing so it’s brilliant that you guide us through. ~Andrea-D


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  1. cherie, 21 January, 2013

    I love seeing the water droplets on grass and flowers. Great job Willow! What a pretty name for the palette Cindy; very imaginative; I can just picture little fairies dancing in the rain!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 21 January, 2013

    Thanks Cherie I had fun naming this palette! You have no idea how hard that can be sometimes. Picturing an entire scene, like this with the Fairies can help. Other than that you’d get names like Light Green version #458. LOL

    So… is anyone else out there restless for Spring?

  3. Michelle Adams, 22 January, 2013

    YEEEEEES!!! I did, however, get to use my snow blower for the first time this year, since we really didn’t get any snow last year, and that was fun. Tonight the temperature, in Upstate NY, is going to be around -10 and closer to -35 in the Adirondacks! So, yes, thought of spring time are quite nice. Thank you.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 22 January, 2013

    Holy… minus 35 that sounds cold Michelle! I know we are Canadian and as far as the world is concerned, we are supposed to live in igloos and be buried in snow for most of the year, but here in the Vancouver area, we don’t see much snow either. It has snowed twice this year but only a few centimeters (around an inch or two). It stayed for a day or so, but melted.

    Has been foggy and frosty lately which can make for some pretty scenery. My friend and I walk together every weekday morning and this morning we saw some frozen spiderwebs that looked really neat. The fog had covered them in frost, which then turned to icicles. Was wishing Willow or Doug were there to snap some photos. I did get a shot with my phone, but it just didn’t do it justice.

    Although it does look great when it is cold, I am looking forward to some color. Spring is when everything comes back to life around here.

    Stay warm over there!

  5. Michelle Adams, 23 January, 2013

    You should post your frozen, frosty spider web it sounds cool. I bet it’s really neat looking. :o)

  6. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2013

    I’ll try Michelle. I will need help from one of the more techie members of this family, to get it off my phone and onto the blog though, so it could be awhile. :)

  7. Jocelyn C, 23 January, 2013

    Willow, I love that pic of the dew kissed plant. Way before the digital age, I borrowed my Mom’s Nikon and loved to take pics of similar images…the fairy rings on the lawn, the fog misting roses and my Mom’s perennials, and in the fall when the leaves were gone, the droplets that formed on all the bushes still loaded with berries after a rain or ice storm. I would love to see more pics of your work, do you have your own photo site that we could view? It would be such a treat to see them.

    Cindy, I love the subtle colors of this spring palette. And boy, do I wish it would hurry, lol. All folks seems to be talking about this week are the frozen pipes as a result of this arctic blast we are experiencing in the midwest and northeast this week.

    Hope all of you here at this site are safe and warm.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 23 January, 2013

    Thank you Jocelyn for your comment! I am sure Willow would appreciate your kindwords. Will let her know you posted. If you are on instragram you can follow her at will2lie She has some amazing pics there. We will start seeing a lot more great stuff from her. She finally got the camera and lenses she has been working and saving up for, for almost 3 years now. It is an even better model than her dad’s but since they are both Cannons they can share each others lenses. Now on roadtrips Fisher and I don’t have to hear them complain about who’s turn it is to take pictures any more… though I am sure there will still be some competition over the lenses! lol

  9. Elaine Faulks, 24 January, 2013

    So glad this wasn’t named Light Green version #458 Cindy. It would have been so difficult for me to get the inspiration for the following tribute to your amazing talents:-


    Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?
    Seems to me there might be quite a few
    Flitting round and dancing in the raindrops
    Washing tiny faces in the dew.

    Yellow is the color of the sunshine
    Blue can be the color of the sky
    But GREEN (a blend of these two primary colors)
    On my list of favorites, rates so high.

    The dark and brooding shades within a forest
    The light and airy tints of Mantis wings
    Oh, how we all long for that first pale spring sunshine
    When once again we find those pretty things

    But hey! let’s not forget about the winter
    It has a haunting beauty of it’s own
    And underneath that thick white fluffy blanket
    Lie all those little seedlings that were sown.

    So celebrate this cold and frosty season
    The snow and fog the hailstorms and the sleet
    Remember all those slumbering furry creatures
    Who need this time to have that long long sleep.

    So one day soon (when we’re not really watching)
    Spring will stretch and yawn and finally stir
    To tell the sun to shine down from the heavens
    Then winter will just vanish in a blurr


  10. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2013

    OMG Elaine!! Sooo happy to see you again. Was wondering where you were… but see now that you have been writing poetry! How wonderful. Love your poems… especially when they are inspired by what you see/read on the blog. This poem is beautiful and very uplifting on this grey and chilly day. Thank you so much. You truly are an amazing soul!

  11. Elaine Faulks, 25 January, 2013


    I met this mighty Dragon
    It had me in its power
    For years it had been slumbering
    But, growing by the hour

    Now it had reared its ugly head
    it’s got me in it’s grip
    I’m searching for my shield of hope
    My sword and other kit

    I will fight this wicked monster
    Who would rob me of my life
    But need a magic bullet
    And a very special knife.

    They waited till it went to sleep
    And went in with their team
    Of dedicated people
    (Mostly wearing green)

    Then clad in suit of armour
    With my invisible cloak
    I will test it’s strength
    And break it’s hold
    With your help I will cope.

    So when I’m in that dark dark place
    I’ll think of all the times
    I’ve logged on to this friendly site
    To write my scatty rhymes.

    For polymer clay gives me a chance
    To escape, be really free
    To meet up with all my wonderful friends
    And know they care about me.

    I think I am very lucky
    Have lived life to the Max
    i’ve traveled far (and also wide)
    Following different tracks.

    I stumbled on this site by chance
    But so glad that I found
    Cindy and her followers
    The shield that will surround.

    I’ll be looking to the future
    With a smile upon my face
    Hoping to return to be with you all
    In this very special place.

    Written 12.12.12

  12. Dixie Ann, 25 January, 2013

    Oh wow Elaine, what a neat poem.
    I am so glad you are slaying all your dragons and that we have helped.
    love ya babe.

  13. Jocelyn C, 26 January, 2013

    Elaine, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. You will be in my prayers.

  14. Karronkay, 27 January, 2013

    If our love friendship and prayers will help slay your dragon they are all yours. May the angels wield their mighty swords and our shields of prayer encompass you during your recovery. Bless you.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 28 January, 2013

    Oh Elaine, what a beautiful and heart wrenching poem. Now I see why you have been away for awhile. My thoughts and love go out to you. May it add another layer of protection to your shield and sharpness to your sword. Be strong and know that we are all here for you. Love ~ Cindy

  16. Dixie Ann, 24 January, 2013

    Very pretty spring colors Cindy. Love your descriptive names.
    I absolutely adore the world of faeries and have a whole bedroom dedicated to them. Elaine your poem is wonderful and I am added it to my collection. It’s only 20 degrees here in Iowa and I am so ready for Spring.

  17. Lesley Symons, 24 January, 2013

    lovely, lovely poem Elaine!!!!!

  18. Jocelyn C, 25 January, 2013

    Elaine, love the poem! So glad to see you back posting!

  19. Tantesherry, 26 January, 2013


    The pictures your words draw are fascinating.

    -take good care kind lady, as we slay our dragons

  20. Michelle L, 26 January, 2013

    I went back to my bucket of unused (as yet) cabochons, picked one and made this pendant necklace today. Lots of spring green, hints of pink and lilac, bits and pieces of many of Cindy’s tutorials used on this one. I hadn’t finished describing this piece on FB and I already have a repeat client wanting it! Thrilled, thrilled, and thrilled! Guess I need to go back to my cab bucket again, huh?

  21. Tantesherry, 27 January, 2013

    So pretty
    It looks like:
    A Call To Spring
    I hope she answers SOON :)

  22. Dixie Ann, 27 January, 2013

    Sherry, I think she’s knocking on the door. Everything is a glaze of ice out here now. :=)

  23. Karronkay, 28 January, 2013

    oh yes!!! Go back again and again. So Delightfully springy.

  24. Christl Pelikan, 29 January, 2013

    Elaine, what a touching poem! Only when we are very unhappy or very happy can we write like this. So, we are all waiting for more beautiful and happy poems, the ones you will be able to write after your full recovery. We are sending our love and prayers to you and remember, tons of wonderful Polymer Clay and lots of Cindy’s new techniques are waiting for you ….

  25. Elaine Faulks, 08 February, 2013

    Thank you, I think you are right, my emotions have been through 50 shades of black this last year but I can now see a tiny speck of silver, and hoping it will grow……………….cheers xx……………………

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