Linda Bilsborrow analyzed the photo of this flower by using some on-line software to help us understand the colour a little better. How much blue? How much violet? Warm or cool?
Because I didn't have any fabric like this on hand, I tried several different MX dyes on cotton, but nothing was quite right. I even sent the photo of the flower to PRO Chemical & Dye company, seeking their advice about which dye or combination of dyes I might use. Their suggestion was Blue-Violet, which you can see below. Others have advised, "Start with turquoise and add magenta", or "Start with boysenberry and add a dash of this and a drop of that".
|Gradation dyeing: Blue-Violet|
|Gradation dyeing: 1 part Blue-Violet, 1 part Indigo|
|Gradation Dyeing: Eggplant|
|Gradation Dyeing: 2 parts Ultra-Violet, 1 part Indigo|
Until November 12, there's a show at Galerie de Bellefeuille that I hope to see. Montreal artist Jennifer Hornyak is known for her sophisticated palette and her fresh and loose handling of oil paint. Maybe I can borrow some of her inspired sense of colour to help me rise to this Challenge. Have a look at some of her still lifes, below, to see what she does with periwinkle. (Or is it lavender?)
|Patchwork with Orange, Jennifer Hornyak, 2013|
|White Cadence I, Jennifer Hornyak, 2012|
|Flowers with Ice Blue Stripe, Jennifer Hornyak, 2012|
|White Flowers with Lavender, Jennifer Hornyak, 2013|