Recipe for Cream

Cream was essential for this pendant's romantic Victorian palette.

Cream was essential for this pendant’s romantic Victorian palette.

I’m passionate about cream. Cream on oatmeal, creamed peas, whipped cream, peaches and cream, cream of whatever soup. And the color of cream.

If there’s a polymer clay manufacturer making cream colored clay, I have yet to hear about it. And I haven’t seen any polymer clay mixing recipes for cream. So I embarked on my own experiment. Mixing white with ecru or white with yellow gave me light ecru and light yellow. After several such failures, it occurred to me to google to find out what colors painters mix to get cream. I never would have guessed the answer: tiny amounts of yellow and purple added to white.

Here’s my recipe:

Clockwise from left: cream clay blend; white, pearl, purple pearl and cadmium yellow clay; Coffee-mate

Clockwise from left: cream clay blend; white, pearl, purple pearl and cadmium yellow clay; Coffee-mate

Premo white, 1 oz., (1/2 pkg.); Premo pearl, 1/2 oz. (1/4 pkg.); Premo purple pearl, cut 1/4 oz. (1/8 pkg.) into 8 pieces & add just 1 piece to the white/pearl blend; Premo cadmium yellow, cut 1/4 oz. (1/8 pkg.) into 8 pieces & add just 1.5 to 2 pieces to the white pearl blend.

Don’t add all the color at once as it’s easy to go too far.

 

Yes, I do love my Coffee-mate.

Yes, I do love my Coffee-mate.

No, I didn’t blend Coffee-mate into the clay. I wanted to check my blend to get a rich, creamy look when serendipity struck as I spooned Coffee-mate into my coffee. I figured Nestle paid a color consultant good money to get the look of cream. I also enlisted my husband who has a better color sense than I do. It took a bit of tweaking, but I love the result.

 

Afterhought: Serendipity has a second cousin–coincidence. Last week, two days after writing this post, I sat in my car mechanic’s waiting room and idled my way through the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens. There on page 62 was a feature on–you guessed it–cream colored paint. Even more to the point, it was about the foods, such as brie and apple cores, that inspired the various cream tints.

 

1 Comment on Recipe for Cream

  1. Suzanne
    June 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm (4 years ago)

    What a treat!! Thanks for posting this!

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