Shiver Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Shiver Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-046-A Series [Premo Sculpey]
1A: Shiver
Moody Blue
3A: Winter Blue
4A: Snowflake

No matter how much you want Spring to arrive, Winter sometimes has a way of hanging on… just as it has for many people across our country and around the world. Though it may be cold where you are, chances are there is beauty all around… you just need to look!

This sparkling picture, captured by my daughter Willow, is of a snow encrusted dried seed head from the neighboring field. It was taken during a cold snap we had about a month ago.

I wanted to include this photo, not only as the inspiration for the upcoming A-Series color palette, but also as a supportive nod to those of you who may still be feeling the cold shiver of Winter.

The following recipes for this Vol-046 A-series color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library in March 2012:

  • Shiver (Recipe 046-1A)
  • Moody Blue (Recipe 046-2A)
  • Winter Blue (Recipe 046-3A)
  • Snowflake (Recipe 046-4A)

Shiver is the silver gray/green pulled from the icy shadows of the snowflake covered seed head. Moody Blue is the silvery blue, found in the blurred background of the photo. Winter Blue is the dark, more navy colored blue of the background. And Snowflake is the soft silver blue of the snow crystals, encrusting the dried foliage like thousands of tiny diamonds, sparkling in the cold Winter sunlight. (Added note: Although not officially part of this color palette, a perfect addition would be White or Pearl clay to enliven the palette and bring in the element of the snow that looks so fresh in this photo.)

I’m learning from you Cindy how to look at something and pick out the colors. At the moment I have this huge bouquet (Valentine’s Day) with these gorgeous flowers and the colors are so beautiful. ~Cheryl-H

Cindy, I just love the way your color pallets are based on nature – God’s natural color combinations. We really can’t improve on that, but you do a superb job of capturing the colors that we might not really notice otherwise. Thank you so much! ~Carolyn-F

Love the colors…so beautiful. I too, like the other posters am amazed at how you can pull these colors out of the pictures… you make it look so easy :) ~Laura-R


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  1. Cindy Lietz, 14 February, 2012

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! (Or as my teenage daughter Willow calls it… Singles Awareness Day or SAD for short! LOL)

    Noticed there aren’t any comments in this color thread this week. Wha?? Don’t you like these colors? Are you wanting something different? Let me know…

    Eat cake, Smell the Roses and Have a beautiful day!

  2. Pauline Duke, 15 February, 2012

    Hi Cindy:
    I have two things I would like to say:
    First – how you see COLOR…and describe it – is remarkable! Please do not change or doubt what you put out there for us. This week’s colors are fine, you challenge us to work with Nature around us, and IMHO – that is God’s Palette.
    Second – this is geared to Willow’s remark about Valentine’s Day. I chuckled when I read her interpretation of it. My reply back, and I have so many years above hers I am sure she cannot relate – but I am going to put it out there for anyone else who can: I have made so many mistakes in trying to have relationships in my past – I am finally in the older years of my life and I chose to be SINGLE for the first time. I am loving it – should have done it a long time ago.
    Keep your palette colors coming Cindy, you are a gifted woman. You see things that most people do not even take the time to see, and you are sharing and teaching us to do that simple task.
    Sincerely, Pauline Duke

  3. pollyanna, 15 February, 2012

    Well…At first I wasn’t sure if I liked these colors. It’s probably because like you mentioned we are all looking forward to Spring. But on further reflection….I have always liked blues and am sure I will find something it is just perfect for.

  4. Cherie, 15 February, 2012

    Oh no Cindy, I love the palette. I just looked at the palette rather quickly as i was busy. I’ve used these colors with beads and crystal.

  5. Sandra J, 16 February, 2012

    absolutely nothing wrong with the colour palette. They are wonderful. Always love what you come up with.

  6. Joyce Folsom, 22 February, 2012

    Just playing “catch-up” Cindy, have had serious health issues with Wayne so far this year, hospitalization, rehab and now outpatient rehab looking to when he will or if he will restart
    chemo for his active lymphoma. I love this palette also and am looking forward to when claying
    comes back into our schedule. I also love all the tutes you have come up with of late. The list is so long of things to try but I know it will happen. I try to pop in every week to read the comments and view the tute. All the new names are wonderful, more clay family members…welcome everyone! Hopefully everyone was busy with wonderful and loving Valentine activities and didn’t get to post. I see lots of beautiful items made from these colors. Their difference is exceptional and I’m looking forward to working with them. Take heart (a little late), Cindy. Hope yours was a beautiful day.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 23 February, 2012

    Hi Joyce, it is wonderful to see you again! Sorry to hear things are still tough with your husband’s health, but am comforted to know you are still keeping tabs on whats going on around here and trying to get some joy from the inspiration. Tell Wayne we are thinking of him, and wish him improved health. Take care sweetie. Keep in touch, we love having you around!

  8. Carolyn C, 23 February, 2012

    Love what you do, Cindy. Keep it up!!

  9. Kathleen H, 23 February, 2012

    I also wanted to say thank you and give you my compliments. I’m so impressed with the techniques you share. I love the flowers you’ve been teaching and I’m thinking now of the poinsettias and the dogwoods. THANK YOU!!!

  10. Marky G, 02 March, 2012


    Thanks for being so prompt in helping with my password issue. By the way, your video’s have really helped make everything simple for me! I’m 78 but still learning!


  11. Anthea B, 27 March, 2012

    I would like to extend a personal thank you for your constant patience and information you send us. I am just now getting into the ‘blog’ which is excellent. You have worked very hard and you are very helpful. You deserve your great success!

    Warm regards


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