Posted on February 25, 2014 in Creative Prompts, Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Tutorials by Katie Oskin
How to Combine Polymer Clay Colors
into a Pleasing Palette
Polymer Clay Tutorial
I am part of a lot of different polymer clay groups on FaceBook. Some I am more active on than others, and some I just lurk. Last week, someone asked how to make a color palette. There were lots of ideas thrown out, many of which were great. 90% of my items are made from custom color palettes. Making your own palette is easy and the more you do it, the easier it gets. There are lots of ways to make your own color palette, but this is the method that I prefer. I’m know this idea is not new and I know it did not originate with me, as it is modeled after basic painting techniques; this being said, I do not know who the first polymer artist was to adapt this painting technique to clay. If you know, please feel free to leave the artist information in the comments below.
How to Make a Perfect Color Palette
- In order to make a perfectly coordinated color palette, you must start with basic colors.
- For the example I have shown at right, you will see that I have used two different colors of clay. Although these colors of clay look nice together, they are not coordinated, they could be better matched.
- To make a perfect color palette, you can use this method with any color you choose (i.e.: silver, white, grey, ecru, etc)
- Start with the amount of color you’d like to use for your project.
- I am using 1/4 of a block of Premo! Peacock Pearl & Premo! Metallic Mauve.
- To each color in your palette, add the SAME amount of another color.
- Blend completely (partial blend is shown in bottom right).
- When you have finished with all your colors, you will have a perfectly coordinated blend that will look gorgeous together.
- You can use this method for just 2 colors (as I have shown) or as many colors as your heart desires.
ENJOY! Thanks for joining me today,
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