Sunflower Field Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-066-A

Sunflower Field Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Harvest Sun
2-A: Pumpkin Spice

3-A: Rose Hip
4A: Fall Fields

I know, I know, I’ve already done a couple of polymer clay color palettes using sunflowers as my inspiration, but I can’t help it… they’re inspiring! Especially a whole field of them, like in this picture that Doug shot on his birthday this year.

Sunflowers just seem to be such happy flowers. They turn their heads to face the warm golden sun, swaying to a rhythm all of their own.

Seeing an entire field of colorful sunflowers, with their yellow, orange and even some pinkish flower heads, all bobbing their heads in the breeze, reminds me of children (albeit very tall ones), dancing and singing, without a care in the world.

If I hadn’t been so tired (and not afraid of the farmer throwing me out of his field) I would have loved to dance along with those pretty sunflowers. You see I am very much a child still at heart and although I rarely act on such fantasy ideas, I do go there in my minds eye sometimes.

So… when looking through the photos Doug had for me to choose for our next set of color recipes, naturally I chose this sunflower photo. Even if I had already done an Autumn Sunflower Palette and a Summer Sunflower Palette.

I hope you enjoy this fun Fall 2013 color palette for the Vol-066-A recipe series!

Sunflower Field Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

The following Vol-066 A-series …. color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of November 2013:

  • Harvest Sun (Recipe 066-1A)
  • Pumpkin Spice (Recipe 066-2A)
  • Rose Hip (Recipe 066-3A)
  • Fall Fields (Recipe 066-4A)


Harvest Sun is the soft buttery yellow found on the tips of this happy sunflower’s petals. Pumpkin Spice is the soft spicy orange found where the color shifts on the petals from the yellow tips to the dominant orange ring near the seeds. Rose Hip is the fiery dark orange that still has a softness to it. And Fall Field is the dusty green of the sunflower leaves, as they begin to dry out and fade as the sunflower seeds begin to ripen in the fall sun.

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Cindy, you have made color receipes so easy to mix and use. Thanks for all the great colors you have put together over the years. ~DixieAnn-S


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  1. Dixie Ann, 21 October, 2013

    Lovely colors Cindy, never get tired of them Just reading Pumpkin Spice makes my mouth start to water for Pumpkin Pie and anything pumpkin with a big dollop of whipped cream on top. With temps in the lower 40’s here, now is the perfect time for those warm harvest colors. By the way, we never have heard anything about Karen K’s project from over a year ago. Any sense when she is ready to spill the beans? Also we are all kind of hoping yours and Dougs August event is turning out okay. Thanks again for another great color receipe.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 21 October, 2013

    Hi Dixie Ann, thanks for the compliments on the colors. I see you mixed up pretty much all of the recipes you have. Why don’t you post the pictures of your samples in our Facebook page. it might inspire others to mix up theirs too.

    In regards to Karonkay, we filmed an update of her project this Summer but Doug needs to find the time to do the editing so we can put it up for everyone. We have so many things going on right now that it is getting harder and harder to get everything done in the time that we would like. All is good though… at least we are moving fast in a forward motion rather than a backwards one! ;)

  3. Dixie Ann, 21 October, 2013

    Was going to do that Cindy, thanks for the reminder. Glad all is well on your end. Had my toes and fingers crossed. Got absorbed in the Abalone Tute which left me dazzled. :)

    Mixed Colors Photo 1
    Mixed Colors Photo 2
    Mixed Colors Photo 3

  4. Jocelyn C, 22 October, 2013

    Wow, it’s amazing how close that color combo on the sunflower comes to the blanket flower I grow here, it’s beautiful!

    So glad to hear we’ll soon see more of Karon Kay’s work. I’ll bet that video will be one of my favorites, I so love her work.

    Dixie, how many days did it take you to do all that? Amazing color chips, cannot wait to see what you do with the leftover color balls.

  5. Dixie Ann, 22 October, 2013

    As I said on my Facebook Page Jocelyn, I spend 4-6 hrs a day for two weeks. It took surprisingly little clay to do all this but once I started it became very addictive. White and Black were used the most and all the primary colors of course but I had to mix several sub-primaries to come up with the correct colors for several other receipes. Everyone should do this. It’s fun, relaxing and boy do you learn a lot about color mixing! I still have maybe 50-75 left to do but decided to do them in my next marathon mixing days. Learning all this I spent a couple days visiting the professional artists aisles in several stores only to find that there is no longer a Zinc Yellow in the color line of paints. Most only had the Cadmium Yellow including Dick Blick. What will we do if Polyforms drops the Premo Zinc yellow and Cobalt blue clay and we are not able to order it even online? Guess we will have to cross that bridge when we get to it eh?

  6. Cindy Lietz, 22 October, 2013

    Hi Dixie Ann, I am curious, what did you mean by sub primaries? Were you mixing up someone else’s recipes in addition to mine?

  7. Rhonda Foye, 25 October, 2013

    This message is for Dixie Ann.Hello I just wanted to let you know that you can purchase premo in zinc yellow and cobalt blue at polymer clay express they told me only a few places sell it and will continue to indefinently so that is great.Hope that helps.Rhonda

  8. Dixie Ann, 22 October, 2013

    LOL, I probably used the wrong terminology Cindy. An example would be in using premo violet. Since there is no color available ready packaged I had to mix the premo colors to get violet. Maybe I should have called it an Intermediate?

  9. Cindy Lietz, 22 October, 2013

    That’s OK Dixie Ann, now I get what you mean. So how did those colors turn out when you used the substitute mixes? Sometimes when a color mix looks the same, it doesn’t mean it will mix the same. Just haven’t had the chance to go back through the older recipes with the discontinued colors, to see if I can fix them yet.

  10. Dixie Ann, 22 October, 2013

    They turned out great. I got the mixes right from the Polyform site for Premo colors along with a color chip. So now I have the portions if I have to mix them again.

  11. Cecilia K, 23 October, 2013

    You should certainly jump up on the jump wagen when inspiration demands to free. I think your sunroses are so beautiful. :D

  12. Dixie Ann, 25 October, 2013

    Hi Rhonda I do order from them. They are super nice folks. I won the Dream Machine for them on Mothers Day 3 yrs ago so I am a good customer! Thanks so much for thinking of me doll.

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