Rusty Oak Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Rusty Oak Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-046-B Series [Premo Sculpey]
Rusty Oak
Oak Leaf
4B: Squirrel

As suggested by the melting snow on the edges of these Oak leaves… this will be my last Winter palette of the season. Soon the crisp bright colors of Spring will emerge.

But before the air warms, and new life begins, there is still time to celebrate the deep rich colors of Winter. So I used these crunchy russet Oak leaves as the inspiration for our next B-Series Recipe Palette.

Like the saying goes … “In like a Lion… out like a Lamb” … I think these warm Lion-like colors are just perfect for a March polymer clay color palette!

Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the recipes free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of March 2012.

  • Rusty Oak (Recipe 046-1B)
  • Oak Leaf (Recipe 046-2B)
  • Acorn (Recipe 046-3B)
  • Squirrel (Recipe 046-4B)

Rusty Oak is the deep Rusty Red found in the dark shadows of the Oak Leaves. Oak Leaf is the tawny Orange of the main color of the Oak Leaves as they cling to the branches, refusing to let go. Acorn is the soft almost pastel shade of Orange in the highlights of the brittle leaves. And Squirrel is the deep Blue Gray of the background and of the Squirrel that steals acorns from this Oak in the Fall.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-046 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-046 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of March, then click here: Shiver Color Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Cindy, Although I’ve worked in paperclay, I am new to polymer clay. I have learned so much from you already. The free color recipe cards took me in an entirely new direction with my work. Thank you for a great website. ~Diana-W

Cindy, you are truly amazing for offering these lovely polymer recipes for FREE! ~Phaedrakat

Thanks for posting some recipes for all of us to share. For those of use who really don’t have an easy time figuring out how to arrive at just the right color yet, these recipes are a real helper! ~Cynister


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  1. Monique U, 20 February, 2012

    Beautiful colours as always, Cindy! I try to mix some of your palettes every week, even when I don’t have time to make a cane or “big” project. Thanks for all the great new tutorials and palettes!

  2. Jeanne C., 20 February, 2012

    Nice warm colors. Thanks for another great palette.

  3. pollyanna, 20 February, 2012

    Beautiful, warm colors. Very useful palette. thank for all your work on our behalf.

  4. teresa defilippis, 20 February, 2012

    What is sauirrel? Is that a Canadian squirrel? It is very pretty whatever it is. :-) (Its up by the color pictures.) I like winter colors. I liked lasted weeks also but I didn’t get to see them until yesterday. I wish I could make colors up. I would love to make up the Pantone colors.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 20 February, 2012

    Teehee… Yes a sauirrel is a Canadian squirrel… French Canadian squirrel actually… cuz there is no way someone from the West Coast would ever spell squirrel like that… Just Kidding ;-)

    (Thanks for catching the typo Teresa! I’ll get Doug to fix that up right away!)

    I have been thinking about doing the Pantone colors in recipes but have kind of resisted. As an artist I have a hard time following a ‘planned path’ for color usage. As a consumer and a designer, I understand why using the same colors that the fashion industry is using, would be a good thing when creating polymer clay beads and jewelry. I suppose if enough people asked nicely, I could consider adding the Pantone color recipes at some point. Would have to figure out how to work them into my format of A-Series, B-Series or maybe a new P-Series? I’d have to put more thought into it.

    QUESTION TO EVERYONE: Is there a desire for me to make the Pantone Colors into recipes or would you prefer I stuck to the nature based color palettes?

  6. teresa defilippis, 20 February, 2012

    Please everyone vote!! Please, please, please…that would be Pro pantone. Pretty,pretty,pretty,please. Just to see Cindy’s combination of colors and to learn how it could be done …. just sends tickles up my spine.

  7. Catalina, 20 February, 2012

    Teresa, you are too funny! And just for that cute comment I will put in my vote for the Pantone colors!

    And, yes, Cindy, call them P Series! I will need another book to keep these in :) I’m falling behind in making my samples. I’ll have to take a whole day just to try to catch up.

    Oh, and can you see about making our days into 48 hours instead of 24? I need more time to play with my clay!! ;-)

  8. teresa defilippis, 20 February, 2012

    thank you thank you thank you. And if I could give you some of my hours so that you would have 48 I would.


  9. Monique U, 20 February, 2012

    Cindy, I definitely prefer your nature-inspired palettes! Your original colours are subtle and come from personal involvement in the beauty that surrounds you and your family. While I am certain I would love any new direction you wanted to experiment with, I believe other PC enthusiasts are dabbling in (and selling) Pantone-based palettes. I appreciate your soliciting the opinions of your members. I will continue to enjoy whatever colours you offer, but I am firmly on the side of “Mother Nature”, who gifts us with infinite variety, as opposed to a technical schedule of arbitrary shades in a preset framework. Looking forward to your “personal vision” of Spring 2012!

  10. pattw35, 21 February, 2012

    As a color person – I’m glad winter is almost over. I love you new colors!!! Speaking of Pantone -this is an ORANGE year – it happens every 10 years. This is my fav color so I keep track. So the Oak colors is right down my alley ……..teehee. I don’t sell anything, so any color is great with me. But others, may feel differently. Catalina said it well “what ever Cindy offers – WE WILL BE THERE”. I do enjoy the pantone Colors, but I’m in for the long run. So everything you show is wonderful!!!!!
    Thanks to the whole Leitz Team -for EVERYTHING. Yeah ………..ta – dah………………..;}

  11. Jeanne C., 21 February, 2012

    I’m with Teresa, I would love a “P series” I love the colors and would like to use them in my designs this year. PLEASE :) :)

    P.S. I love all the color palletes you have created for us and always look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  12. Lupe Meter, 21 February, 2012

    These are such pretty colors, Cindy…could definitely see them in leaves with a touch of gold leafing!!

  13. Cherie, 21 February, 2012

    Such a beautiful warm palette! I love the nature inspired colors so I prefer the color palettes you mix up for us though I am sure i would enjoy the Pantone palette too.

  14. Elaine Faulks, 21 February, 2012

    MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm last palette of Winter!

    A striking set of tawny, toasty colours and just right for my man-type new collection teamed with gold, silver and copper. (Still in the doodle stage)

    You give us all so much inspiration Cindy and by giving away your B series we all thank you for the hard work and thought that goes in putting each one together.

    Now trying to guess what the first Spring pallette will be? Every month of the year means a different set of colours to me so roll on those new pale green shoots of Spring………..Cheersxx

  15. Dixie Ann, 22 February, 2012

    Cindy I love your nature colors. The names you give them are so fitting and you and Willow have such an eye for color. If it meant giving up these colors for the pantone colors I would vote no. If it means you want to add a new Series P color card for your current members than I would think that any extra color cards you so generously would make available would be an added benefit for us. Perhaps you could offer these on 5th Fridays, holidays or perodically throughout the year?

  16. Joyce Folsom, 22 February, 2012

    Cindy, this is a difficult question. I love how you come up with all the beautiful different colors. I am not one to mix my own colors so am totally dependent on you at this point. Will this change? Maybe sometime in the future. So whatever is the outcome is fine with me. I think if I were trying to match Patone colors I might be just as satisfied to find a contrast. How difficult is it to come up with these exact colors and how time consumming? Would it take the entire season plus to get them done and how about the next Patone Palette? I wouldn’t want to give up the beautiful palettes that you and Willow come up with with help from Mother Nature. So after all this what is my vote? If it becomes a tie-breaker I vote for you and your creativity. Love this Rusty Oak Palette.

  17. Dixie Ann, 22 February, 2012

    After going back and looking at this weeks palette of colors Rusty oak again, I discovered I did not have the new 18K gold premo clay and have not been able to get it at Michaels yet. I got brave and did a little color blending and was able to get pretty darn close to this color. So if you don’t have it or can’t find it locally, here is my color mixture. 3 parts Premo Gold, 1 part Premo Silver, 2 parts Premo Pearl and 1 part white translucent or just white will work in a pinch.
    I hope this helps anyone who finds they need this color.

  18. Joyce Folsom, 22 February, 2012

    Hi Dixie,
    I haven’t been able to find 18K Gold at the two Michael’s closest to home here in St Petersburg, FL either. I don’t know if it could be special ordered though. There are a couple more Michael’s further north that I will try when I’m up that way and
    I’ll ask about a special order if I think of it….Thanks for sharing clever lady.

  19. Cherie, 23 February, 2012

    i tried at my Michaels store here too and they did not havve it. I finally ordered it from premo when the clay was on sale.

  20. Phaedrakat, 29 February, 2012

    I feel pretty certain that Michael’s didn’t “pick up” the 18K Gold color when they added all the new Premo colors. But perhaps Catalina can weigh in on this so we know for sure? I did find a Metallics “sampler-type” set there, though…comes with 6 Metallic colors in 1 oz pkgs (including 18K Gold.) Another thing…we could try requesting this color at all our various stores in N. America. If Michael’s gets enough requests from all over, maybe they’ll add this color to their stock!

  21. Teresa DeFilippis, 23 February, 2012

    I think there is a misunderstanding going. Cindy isn’t going to stop making her colors she is only going to be adding p-colors to the mix. God forbid she would ever stop making her colors or I would start hating Monday’s again. Maybe add one or two p-colors to her mix ever so often or something like that. But never cease to make her own. I
    I do have a tutorial suggestion -Cindy, would you show us how you make up a color from start to finish. From picking out the color to identifying what goes in it?
    I have a feeling I’m not going to get my pcolor request so maybe you could do this one. Thanks

  22. Cindy Lietz, 23 February, 2012

    Hi Guys, thanks for your feedback on the Pantone vs Nature Inspired color recipe discussion. I was just trying to find out if there was enough interest in those colors, to warrant figuring out how to get them to you all. Don’t worry, I won’t be discontinuing the nature based palettes. I think they are wonderful and are a big part of what we are doing here. (Why mess with a good thing, right?)

    As far as the Pantone colors go, I may put together a P-Series set of color recipes, separate from the A and B series I have going right now. How or when that would happen, I am not sure yet about that. Most likely it would be a paid set though, because I am already giving quite a few recipes a month away for free as it is. Anything extra that would take time away from what I am already doing would need to be charged for, if it were to make sense for me to do.

    You never know though, things have a way of shifting and developing, through the course of things.

    As far as Teresa’s question on a tutorial on how I actually develop the recipes, maybe some time we could do a time lapse video of me creating the recipes, so you could see me in action. I don’t know how far I want to go with the tutorials as far as color theory though. It would depend on the needs and skill levels of the group as a whole. We will have to see how it all plays out.

    Keep letting me know what your needs are in the polymer clay learning process and I will do my best to accommodate you all where I can.

    Thank you for your involvement in this community! We are better together, than we could ever be alone!

  23. teresa defilippis, 23 February, 2012

    thank you, Cindy for putting the question out there. Sculpey put a recipe for the P-color orange on their site or maybe it was facebook and its a mix of the candy pink and just doesn’t seem vibrant enough. Its the only color they did. That’s what really got me started on the P-colors. I just know Cindy could do a much better job. (I wasn’t trying to suck up there…really…just stating a fact) :-)

    PS..Cindy, you were mentioned in PolymerCafe this month for your book beads.

  24. Monique U, 24 February, 2012

    Teresa: Is Cindy in the February issue? I’m getting together an order from shadesofclay and I’d like to request the right issue to add in… Love to read about that!

  25. Cindy Lietz, 24 February, 2012

    You’re welcome Teresa! (Btw I appreciate any sucking up you want to do… makes my day!) ;-)

    I didn’t know the book beads were featured/mentioned in Polymer Cafe. Which edition? I will go and pick one up.

  26. teresa defilippis, 25 February, 2012

    the book beads are in the April edition. The title of the article is “The Little Bookmark” by Donna Hiatt on pg 32. She says Cindy ‘s bookibeads were the inspiration for the tutorial. Enjoy.

  27. Angela M, 29 February, 2012

    Hi Cindy. I vote FOR P-series color recipes. I don’t mind paying for them either. If you make them available I will purchase them. I’ve purchased recipes for the Pantone palettes in the past from a different website and I was disappointed because the recipes did not match the colors. As a matter of fact, the colors all came out looking almost the same i.e. the pinks all looked alike, and so forth. If you do them I know they will be right.

    BTW, I just finished watching the last 4 video tutes. I had a pretty bad month so didn’t watch until tonight. You have done a wonderful job with this month’s tutes. Thank you for them. I really like the look of faux wood and am glad to know how to do them properly now. Maybe, in the future, you can give us the recipes for different types of wood? Until then I will experiment and see what happens.

    I wanted to let Willow know how impressed I am by her artwork. Her faux wood Celtic Love Spoon is both imaginative and quite beautiful. Well done Willow :)

  28. Dixie Ann, 26 February, 2012

    They don’t have the Polymer Cafe around here so am going to order the April edition online. It’s exciting our Cindy’s little book bead is featured in the magazine! So Congratulations Cindy! Also in case anyone is looking for the Gilders Paste in a smaller size, you can order it from Wisconsin from the folks at Sew What Supplies in the 27ml containers for only $6.49 and they do have the whole line of colors including the Damson Cindy used in the Celtic Heart finishing tute.

  29. Donna Hiatt, 26 February, 2012

    Cindy, Thanks for letting me know about the discussion on your blog site. I don’t often read blogs because I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to. I wish we could get more hours in a day. …But I want you to know I really look forward to every Friday for your tutorials & color recipes.

  30. Phaedrakat, 29 February, 2012

    Hi Donna,
    Congrat’s on your Polymer Cafe feature! I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll definitely try to grab one up asap. I’m really happy you mentioned Cindy as your inspiration. She has had a huge influence on me, as well as SO many others. Yet, it doesn’t feel like she gets the notice she deserves (outside this fabulous little community, I mean.) I hope that your tutorial leads to new business for you, and other great things. I also hope Cindy’s mention sends some new clayers HER way — imagine how many could benefit from her fantastic video tutes! Have fun, Kat :-D

  31. Cindy Lietz, 29 February, 2012

    Thank you so much Kat for saying that… I appreciate it more than you know!

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