Winter Hydrangea Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Winter Hydrangea Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-045-B Series [Premo Sculpey]
4B: Fawn

One of the advantages to not having time this last Fall to do much garden clean up, is that now that Winter has arrived, there is a little texture and interest left behind in the spent flowers and seed heads.

Such is definitely the case with this skeletonized (well almost) Hydrangea Blossom, that Willow shot in our Winter garden.

There is just something about this photo that brings a calm to my soul. The soft muted colors. The grayish light in the background and the lacelike veining in pale browns on a creamy base.

These are the kinds of colors that not only look lovely and dreamlike on their own, but are also wonderful neutrals that would happily support any vibrant color that chose to be in their presence. Much like a gorgeous linen suit or a cozy pair of Uggs.

It is for all these reasons, I chose this fading hydrangea blossom as 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 Feb 2012.

  • Dream (Recipe 045-1B)
  • Fog (Recipe 045-2B)
  • Tawny (Recipe 045-3B)
  • Fawn (Recipe 045-4B)

Dream is the softest dreamiest blue gray found in the background light of this Winter garden photo. Fog is a slightly darker misty gray found in the lightest areas on the spent Hydrangea blossom. Tawny is the warm brown gray of the fine lacelike veining in the flower petals. And Fawn is the richer gray brown found along the edges and towards the center of the bloom.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-045 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-045 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of February, then click here: Ivy Leaf Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

I love how you take inspiration for color palettes from your environment! It’s so much more fun than just looking at color swatches. ~Karen-B

I always enjoy the history/story behind the items you’ve chosen for the new color palettes. ~Jeanne-C

I love how you interact with nature, Cindy. It is an inspiration when you share how you come by your palettes. Looking forward to seeing what this artistic community will do with it as well as what you will show us sometime soon. Not able to clay much lately but just dropping by to read the blog and see the videos as well as to enjoy the accomplishments of others lightens my days. All of you are awesome! ~Joyce-M


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  1. Monique U, 23 January, 2012

    I would love to use these colours to make a subtle teardrop blend for textured work (in the style of Dan Cormier’s all-white beads, for example). Thank you again Cindy and Willow!

  2. pollyanna, 23 January, 2012

    these are just wonderful. beautifully subtle changes.

  3. Ken Hamilton, 23 January, 2012

    Oh WOW!!!!!!! Stunning in it’s simplicity.

  4. Cherie, 23 January, 2012

    Oh, I really like this palette. Very interesting! Willow you’ve done it again!!! This palette would look gorgeous matched up with any color.

  5. Ella Moore, 23 January, 2012

    I really like this palette, the colors are so rich in their setting. Elizabeth Taylor
    had a necklace of these colors.

  6. Phaedrakat, 23 January, 2012

    Oooh, so soft & pretty! Love–LOVE–these beauties — thanks so much! ~Kat

  7. Dawn, 23 January, 2012

    Beautiful palette!

  8. Dixie Ann, 23 January, 2012

    Very soft colors. The Beige ladies will love these. Makes me want to go out and check my neglected garden I didn’t get to last fall but we just had rain and ice so am staying in for now.

  9. Jeanne C., 23 January, 2012

    Very soothing colors. Great job Willow.

  10. Sharon B., 23 January, 2012

    Another lovely palette; creamy and soothing. Kudos to Willow for another fine photo.

  11. Catalina, 23 January, 2012

    These look awesome! I can’t wait to make some roses in these colors!! The soft blends will look so rich with an antique feel. I feel spring coming on even thought the calendar says January!!

  12. Cherie, 24 January, 2012

    I agree; this palette would look awesome with an antique finish.

  13. Teresa D, 23 January, 2012

    To tell the truth I seem to have different color tastes than the majority in our little community but these are almost ethereal. Something you might see a fairy wearing as she swooshed by you on a foggy morn. I guess that makes them very appropriately named too.

  14. Cherie, 24 January, 2012

    Like the picture you paint of the fairy swooshing by. Magical!

  15. Jocelyn, 24 January, 2012

    Willow, you have an excellent eye for beauty, no matter what the season.

    Assume if you mix these, then take a little from each and mix with translucent, that you’d have some lovely colors for ghost canes.

    I always neaten up my outside gardens, but, I never strip them bare. I love the skeleton shapes and structures outlined on the snow pack, it helps me to visualize spring.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2012

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments on this color palette. I am thrilled with how much you all can see the beauty in such soft colors. There is a time for loud and a time for quiet. Both are beautiful and important. Glad to know that you are seeing the value of both!

  17. Elaine Faulks, 24 January, 2012

    Walking down the country lane on a misty ,frosty morning with the sun struggling to penetrate the mist. Seeing those skeletons that were once beautiful flowerheads now reduced to stark spiky seedheads but just as beautiful, standing proudly waiting for the soft breezes of spring to blow and carry them on the wind of life, to be reborn again. (How wonderful is that?)

    To be in tune with nature and all her seasons is a privilege that we humans should cherish. The winter cold and damp is just as important as the hot sunny days of summer. All have their reasons in the grand scale of things and all have their colours. Embrace them all and rejoice that we can recreate them, thanks to the wonderful medim of polymer clay and the creativity of Cindy, Doug Willow and Fisher who all have their part to play in this great adventure. These colours remind me of an Angel’s tears falling on the frozen earth weeping for all mankind. They make me sad but are very beautiful……………….Peace and love to all….

  18. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2012

    I love the way you write Elaine! I can always picture exactly what you’re painting with your words. You are a true story teller!

  19. Cherie, 25 January, 2012

    I absolutely agree with Cindy. You’re an artist – I love your writing. My 18 yr old daughter is a very gifted writer too. Yes, I love nature and whenever i go out – I walk a lot – I’m always in awe of the beauty, the colors around me.
    Art takes nature as its model. (Aristotle)
    Art will never be able to exist without nature. (Pierre Bonnard)
    Nature is the art of God. (Benjamin Disraeli)

  20. pattw35, 25 January, 2012

    I cannot add anything to what has already been said ! Ethereal, misty, subtle, dreamy etc. Better said than I……………….

    Willow -kudus again. What an eye you have. Really SEE the beauty……..

  21. Elaine Faulks, 27 January, 2012

    Wow, thanks CINDY…. (I am lost for words)…. not really…but at 18 months old I pulled the glowing red hot poker out of the fire and went up in flames. I was rushed to hospital for treatment and now only the mental scars remain!!

    The shock left me unable to speak for a few years and I also lost hearing in one ear. Although I was one of seven children I felt very isolated and used to hide under the table when visitors called.

    I was tutored at home for a time.Then my eldest brother took me to the childrens library and books became my new friends.

    Being dyslectic it takes me twice as long to read and understand instructions, so you see CINDY, your tutorials and clear spoken words (love your cute voice) are the answer to my prayers.

    Thanks too to CHERIE, I am so glad you enjoy my scribbles. I love your quotes from famous historical people but notice they are all male? Where are the female quotable quotes? Does anyone know any?

    To end on a different note. I receive my American jewelry mags here in the UK with money off coupons to spend at Michaels. The latest is valid until 26th of March and is 20% OFF.

    Would love to pop into Michaels as always envious when you girls tell me what you have bought, but it’s a bit too far to go,so instead of keeping them in the magazine, if anyone is interested I will cut out the coupon and post to you. Perhaps you could ask Cindy for my email address as I am not on Facebook, Twitter etc. Have a happy Friday………………Cheers………x

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