Hot Pink Tulip Palette | Polymer Color Recipes

Tulip Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-050-B Series [Premo Sculpey]
4B: Cavern

There is something so fresh and alive about a hot pink tulip. And this one, with the water droplet and the tiny ‘bite mark’ out of the top that Willow shot, is a perfect example of a gorgeous shade of hot pink!

The hot colors I have noticed in the stores lately are a big reminder of the 80’s. I was a teen in the early 80’s. In fact I graduated from high school in 1984. The same year Doug graduated from University. So bright lively colors are a part of my history.

Similar to the 80’s, the bright neon colors are often worn together, making for some very lively looking outfits, that not everyone feels comfortable wearing. So, after seeing this photo with the soft green background beside the hot pink, I thought it would be nice to pair the bright Tulip color with some more neutral colors. This makes the pink the focal of the palette, but gives a maturity and ease that makes it a very wearable color combination for just about everyone.

This pretty Tulip photo is the inspiration for our next B-Series Recipe 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 July 2012.

  • Tulip (Recipe 050-1B)
  • Sailboat (Recipe 050-2B)
  • Maiden (Recipe 050-3B)
  • Cavern (Recipe 050-4B)


Tulip is the name given for the hot pink of this lovely dew covered tulip. Sailboat is a soft navy blue actually found within the water droplet, that gives a lovely contrast to the fiery pink of the flower. Maiden is the palest blue found in the highlights of the petals and brings a quiet lightness to the palette. And Cavern is a rich brown with a blue hue, also found in the droplet, that anchors the palette and gives it strength and balance.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-050 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-050 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of July, then click here: Sedum Stonecrop Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Hi Cindy, I found your site while searching for polymer clay color palette recipes .. I’m a newbie and the thing that seems to stop me in my tracks most often is blending colors. I can follow the recipes of others and come up with gorgeous clay, but am uncharacteristically frozen when it comes to experimenting on my own. Until I get to that place where I’m more comfortable, I appreciate sites like yours that take the time to create and pass on lovely color palettes. ~Karan-C

I love your beads and recipe cards, and am always so amazed at your ability to work with color. You are special!!! ~Sandra-G

Though I am literally brand new at the P.C. bead making, I have already gotten a ‘different eye’ in my surroundings for looking at color. I was actually in my bathroom the other day, for my morning sit down and noticed my shower curtain. It is in rich browns, golds and tans. I’m thinking what great colors and textures it would be use to as a polymer clay tube bead. Also, I got a catalog from a well known flower company and just looking through it, at the color spectrum available in nature, I see ‘treasure’ now in even my junk mail! Thanks for helping me to be inspired with the idea of color in nature, mail and yes, even my bathroom curtain. ~Karen-O


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  1. pollyanna, 18 June, 2012

    How do you keep coming up with all these beautiful colors??? Tulips are my favorites. My daughter’s also, so when she was married she carried tulips and the family ‘tip toed through the tulips’ to reach our seats.

  2. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 18 June, 2012

    OK… I know this has nothing to do with Vol-050 B-series color palette….but I just had to pass along the following YouTube video to you guys. It was forwarded to us from a subscriber (Robert-N).

    The entire clip is fascinating to watch (it’s only about 2 minutes in length), but the main tie in to the blog here, is some very cool filming of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as seen from the space station looking down on them… inspiration for the Vol-033-1 Aurora Technique Video from a while back.

    Video Credits and Description: Flying Over the Earth at Night Gateway to Astronaut Photography, NASA ;
    Compilation: Bitmeizer

    Explanation of Things You Will See In The Clip: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth’s thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes.

  3. Cherie H, 18 June, 2012

    Awesome! Just breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing Doug.

  4. Peggy Barnes, 19 June, 2012

    I agree Doug takes your breath away. Would love to see some of it in slow motion while listening to someone telling the true story behind it all. AWESOME!
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jocelyn, 22 June, 2012

    Thank you Doug, this was fascinating.

  6. Elizabeth S., 28 June, 2012

    Unbelievably beautiful!!!

  7. tantesherry, 28 June, 2012

    So fascinating, thank you :)

  8. pollyanna, 18 June, 2012

    Wow!!! That was breath taking….thanks for sharing,Doug.

  9. Elaine Faulks, 18 June, 2012

    Spaced out…………
    Doug, that was a great experience, flying over the world at night. Isn’t our planet just beautiful, it’s amazing we haven,t had more alien visitors.

    …………Oh, hot pink and the other complimentary colours..wonderful combination great shots Willow..
    ………………………………..cheers xx………………………

  10. Pauline Duke, 18 June, 2012

    To Cindy:
    My goodness I was waiting to see what the next B series cards were going to be and voila! Wonderful choice, one of my favorite flowers. Can we make some of those in Polymer Clay with the Wilton Set?
    To Doug: That was a phenomenal piece of footage! Thank you so much for putting it up here for us to see it!

  11. Peggy Barnes, 19 June, 2012

    Love the colors for this palette and also the awesome photo Willow. The talent this family has is just amazing. Thank you all for what you have and do continue to bring to us each week.

  12. Dixie Ann, 19 June, 2012

    Thank you Doug, the video was beautiful….it reminded me of how so tiny we are and how much we love this planet and how we all have to pull together to make sure it will be a healthy place for our future generations.

  13. Joyce Folsom, 19 June, 2012

    Beautiful colors to come and an awesome video, Doug. Thanks for sharing. What a great team you are!

  14. Jeanne C., 19 June, 2012

    Thanks, Cindy, Doug and Willow!

  15. pattw35, 20 June, 2012

    Wow ! Where to start……..Willow your photography is improving -such a good eye. Cindy – I just saw a field of Tulips on HGTV show. Aren’t they beautiful ? Such lovely colors………

    The Northern Lights are on my bucket list ! LOL. Living in Arizona, we NEVER see them. But someday.

    Doug – thanks for sharing the short clips ! Our world is indeed beautiful. We are so lucky to be able to see the Astronauts films. They are spectacular !!

    This palette is certainly a flash back to the 60’s. Vibrant colors are so up-lifting. Makes you feel happy. I love saturated colors. I never make up the neutral recipe cards. I just don’t use them. But they are there IF I ever need them. Thanks for all you do for us ! This site is MY site. Just love it!!!

  16. Michelle Adams, 20 June, 2012

    Thanks for sharing the video Doug, that was too cool! God You’re AWESOME!!

  17. Marion Rayner, 27 July, 2012

    Thank you Doug, it was wonderful to have the astronauts’ view of the earth. And the Aurora Borealis is truly awe inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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