Using Color Palettes as Inspiration in Polymer Clay

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Did you know that you don’t always need to come up with color palettes from scratch? There are a wide variety of websites and resources available to help you. Using color palettes as inspiration to make your own palettes from polymer clay is a quick and easy way to coordinate your jewelry, sculptures clothing or accessories, backgrounds and so much more. Today, I’m going to show you how it’s done with a beautiful color palette from ColorPalettes.net.

If you are new to making color palettes or making your own color recipes, I have lots of free resources here on the site to help you. But sometimes you need a little inspiration to get started and you don’t want to start from scratch. That’s where a good color palette comes in handy. You can make your own color palette from a favorite photo with sites like Pictaculous, create a palette with a online tools and more. Or you can visit some awesome sites like ColorPalette.net and get pre-made color palettes and use polymer clay you have at home to make colors similar to your favorite palettes. That’s exactly what we are going to do today.

Visit my Pinterest Board for Color Palette Inspiration

Color Palette #1324 from ColorPalette.netToday’s color palette is #1324 from ColorPalette.net. I chose this color palette not only for the luscious photo, but for the gorgeous palette. What I love about ColorPalette’s website is that for each and every color palette, they give you a written description of their palettes that are often just as juicy, glorious, and transporting as the color palette itself. Go ahead and visit the site [when you are done getting the clay recipes of course] and pick a few of their color palettes to sample, read, and of course pin to your own pin boards.

So how do you take a photo like this and make it into a color palette? Well first you need to know a little bit about color, not a lot, but a little. Now’s a great time to get the Basic Color Theory Guide to brush up on it to help you make your own palettes from scratch. Let’s make this palette together so you can make your own after …

Using Color Palettes as Inspiration by KatersAcres

  • First choose your brand of clay. (I will be using Premo! by Sculpey)
  • Second, remember that you are using this as inspiration, not duplication.
    • You will notice that my palette is different than the photo palette.
    • In order to show you a simple method of making a color palette, I am showing you the building blocks of simplistic palette making.
  • This palette will be based around 4 main colors: A dark blue, middle blue, and two browns.
  • I will show you in the following photos which colors I used and how I combined them to get the palette shown above.
  • Using Color Palettes as Inspiration by KatersAcres | Blue palette Combinations by KatersAcresTo make the BLUE portions of the palette I chose only TWO blue shades. You can choose any TWO blue colors you like depending on the brand of clay you are using.
    • For the darkest color I used one portion of Premo! Ultramarine Blue.
    • For the lightest color I used one portion of Premo! Turquoise.
    • For the mid-toned color I used 2/3 Premo! Turquoise and 1/3 Premo! Ultramarine Blue.
  • Using Color Palettes as Inspiration by KatersAcres | Brown Palette CombinationsTo make the BROWN portions of the palette I chose only one metallic shade and one regular brown shade. You can choose any two brown toned colors you like depending on the brand of clay you are using. I personally like to have a little metallic in every palette that I use.
    • For the darkest color I used 2/3 portion of Premo! Raw Sienna & 1/3 portion of Premo! 18K Gold.
    • For the lightest color I used one portion of Premo! 18K Gold.
  • When all of these colors were combined together it gave me the color palette that you see in the photo above. Again, though it is not the same (it was not intended to be identical) it served as a wonderful base of inspiration and a quick and easy color palette.

Thank you to ColorPalette.net for their wonderful color palettes and continuing source of inspiration! This is not a sponsored post.

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4 thoughts on “Using Color Palettes as Inspiration in Polymer Clay

  1. Something about the blue and the brown it create a certain mood I love it

    1. So glad you enjoy it!

  2. Love these colors! Just gorgeous!

    1. So glad you like them!

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