Wild Tansy Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-070-A

Wild Tansy Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Wild Tansy
2-A: Dusty Peach

3-A: Dusty Amber
4A: Tansy Leaves

Wild Tansy is one of those plants that grows along the side of the road, or in an abandoned field, that really is considered to be more of a weed than a wildflower. Most people yank it from their gardens if ever it shows up, lest it gain a foothold.

However, I feel a little more tenderness towards the lowly Tansy. Their button top umbrella shaped clusters of flowers, and their feather-like leaf fronds, are interesting to me.

They do have a pungent smell though… not unlike many of the other roadside companions that they hang out with. Although I have not had the chance to do any research on the Wild Tansy, my guess is they have some sort of medicinal properties… most herbaceous weeds like this, do.

I actually find the the whole idea of herbs and their uses fascinating. It is as though I once was an medicine woman who roamed the forest collecting herbs in a little leather pouch around my neck, to bring back to my tribe as remedies and to make dyes for the endless crafts that I did… of course :)

So without traveling too far down this garden path, what I will say is that it is my kindred feelings towards wild plants and flowers, that compels me to value their beauty… when most others would pass them over without much thought.

And in a roundabout way, this explains why Doug’s Wild Tansy photo taken during our Summer 2013 PcT Roadtrip, became my inspiration for the Vol-070 A-series color palette.

Wild Tansy Palette by Polymer Clay TutorThe following Vol-070 A-series Wild Tansy Color Palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of March 2014:

  • Wild Tansy (Recipe 070-1A)
  • Dusty Peach (Recipe 070-2A)
  • Dusty Amber (Recipe 070-3A)
  • Tansy Leaves (Recipe 070-4A)


 Wild Tansy is a dusty warm yellow found on the sunny flower buttons of the Wild Tansy. Dusty Peach is the dusty pastel peach color with a hint of lavender, that rims the blossoms. Dusty Amber is the rusted golden color of the aging flowers. And Tansy Leaves is the soft pastel green of the feather-like leaves of this fascinating little roadside wildflower.

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 a “big” project. Thanks for all the great new tutorials and palettes! ~Monique-U

Thank you so much for the list of Premo! colours Cindy. Seems I have a way to go! I’ve always worked in Fimo, which is the only polymer clay available in stores in my area – in fact I’ve found the name “Fimo” to be the generic term for polymer clay in the UK for most people, except for devotees of course. But I’ve now found an on-line resource for Premo! and I’ll be adding colours with each new card you publish. Up till now I’ve been more interested in the videos each week, but now I can’t wait till the next colour card appears, it will be like magic creating new colours! Thanks again Cindy, so glad I found you! ~Marion-R

I don’t say it enough but thank you Cindy for bringing color into my life!!! I never knew what I could do until I signed up with you!!! ~Kris-J


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  1. Jocelyn C, 17 February, 2014

    Along with you, Cindy, I have always adored this plant. My first experience required us to remove it diligently from all of my grandfather’s dairy fields, as it made the milk bitter.

    Later when we moved to the shore line in Rhode Island it grew wildly and I could not wait for it to bloom. Your palette captures it perfectly.

    It had many medicinal uses, none of which I’d advise using today.

  2. Monique U., 17 February, 2014

    I love how you see the hidden beauty in the most humble of nature’s residents, Cindy :)

    Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion)

  3. elaine faulks, 17 February, 2014

    Love the Tansy palette
    but although tansy tea was once widely used in folk medicine, especially for skin problems and intestinal parasites it contains a dangerous volatile oil which can cause convulsions, hallucinations and psychosis. Very small amounts of the leaves are safe when used for culinary purposes, added to salads or chopped up in home-made pancakes but should not be used medicinally . The essence is used as an insecticide in some countries. It should on no account be taken in any form by pregnant women, or if you are breastfeeding your baby. …………cheers xx…..

  4. Dixie Ann, 18 February, 2014

    Nice color pallet. It has a warm cozy feeling about it. Reminds me of colors I used in a quilted table topper. I can easily see these used in a kaleidescope cane or a Natasha bead. Thanks Cindy for the history on this plant. I have never heard of it so of course I had to read up on it. Thanks Jocelyn for the great link!

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