This Year’s Palette

Yes indeed, polymer clay does come in tons of colors and shades. But just like tubes of paint, I believe we should be color-mixing to make our work ‘our own’. Every January, I like to choose all the colors that I would like to use for the next twelve months. Browsing through magazines, photographs, Pinterest, paint cards, and fabric samples is my method of selection and elimination. Once I have narrowed it all down to around forty hues, the physical job of mixing the clay gets started. My goal is usually 5 colors a day. Mixing more than seven and my hands will let me know that they have been overworked. When each color is fully mixed, it is wrapped in wax paper. Now it’s time to have some fun and ‘make art’!

Here is a sample of ‘the method to my madness’.

The darker brown and yellow will be mixed to create a lighter brown. Ratio is 1:1.
The darker brown and yellow will be mixed to create a lighter brown. Ratio is 1:1.
A small food processor saves time and my hands!
A small food processor saves time and my hands!
First roll through the pasta machine.
First roll through the pasta machine.
Freshly finished new color!
Freshly finished new color!

Some examples of some of my polymer clay color palette for 2015IMG_5021_2 IMG_5013IMG_5008

4 responses to “This Year’s Palette”

    • Hi Karen! Choosing colors for the year is more of a discipline thing for me. Since I work in different media, such as paper making, I just find it much simpler to have the color issue worked out. 😉

  1. What a fascinating insight Angie! And a way to deal with colour overwhelm as well as a way of creating personal palette. For a while I had a monthly palette (this was a while ago when I had a bit more time!) but I love this idea of an annual palette. I am a bit of a sycophantic fan of yours I must confess. I loved your work that combined polymer and papier mache and wondered if you had heard of our lovely Nepali lokte paper. Happy creating, Wendy

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