Ultra Violet Pantone's Colour for 2018

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Ultra Violet

Pantone has named Ultra Violet a deep purple as 2018's colour of the year. 

"Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection." Pantone

Ultra Violet SwatchYou can use Tintex Purple, or a combination red and blue (Scarlet or Cardinal Red with Midnight, Royal or Navy Blue) to make a custom purple. Use double the usual amount of dye for projects darker colours. For the best results, it is ideal to use the hottest water possible for your fabric (example: stove top dyeing method or kettle can heat water to 140°F).

Make Ultra Violet or Purple Dyes:

Make a Purple Sample: cut a 12" x 12" swatch of fabric and measure dye with a teaspoon or tablespoon. Dissolve Tintex into 1 or 2 cups of very hot water. Each custom colour may include full or partial measurements of teaspoons or tablespoons (example: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 tsp and/or Tbsp). *Adjust the amount of dye as needed to get your desired custom colour.  

    Equal amounts of Scarlet or Cardinal Red + Royal Blue = Custom Purple 

      Scarlet Red Dyed Fabric Cardinal Red Swatch  Royal Blue Dyed Fabric Purple Dyed Fabric 


      Make Purple Deeper: use charcoal grey, black or navy blue for added depth and a deeper purple colour. The darkest dye available will increase the intensity a little or a lot depending on how much you use.
      Purple + Navy Blue (or other dark dye) = Darker Purple 
      Charcoal Grey Dyed Fabric Black Dyed Fabric Navy Dyed Fabric Ultra Violet


      Make Cooler Toned Purple: add a small amount of midnight blue, royal blue, navy blue,  charcoal grey or black. 

        Midnight Blue Dyed Fabric Royal Blue Dyed Fabric Navy Blue Dyed Fabric Charcoal Grey Dyed Fabric Black Dyed Fabric


        Make Pastel Purple: start with the smallest amount of dye and add hot water as needed. As a general example, use 1/16, 1/8 or 1/4 tsp of dye mixed with 1 cup hot water. 

        1/8 tsp Purple + 1/8 Midnight Blue  = Lavender 

        Purple Dyed Fabric Midnight Blue Dyed Fabric Lavender Dyed Fabric



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        1. Joan December 07, 2017

          Love purple!