How to make the color periwinkle

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How to make the color periwinkle
lavender plants (Walker and Walker/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Periwinkle is a colour in the blue/violet family. It is also known as lavender blue.

The name is derived from the myrtle herb (Vinca minor), which bears flowers of this colour. According to A Dictionary of Color, the name "periwinkle" was first recorded for this shade of blue in 1922.

Readers of Harry Potter books will be familiar with the colour, as Professor Dumbledore is often said to be wearing "robes of periwinkle blue" and is known to be fond of it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Blue paint or dye
  • Red paint or dye
  • White paint or dye

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    Making Periwinkle

  1. 1

    Find a picture, photograph or object with the exact shade you wish to achieve. Keep this at hand for comparison as you mix your colours.

  2. 2

    Decide what medium you wish to use. This could be paint, dye or other similar liquids, as long as they are capable of being mixed together to make the new colour.

  3. 3

    Mix the red and white liquids to make pink. This is better than using just red, as periwinkle is paler than purple, which would be made by mixing red and blue.

  4. 4

    Mix the pink and blue together and stir well, until there is an even shade throughout the mixture.

    Compare with your desired shade to see what adjustment needs to be made.

  5. 5

    Lighten, if necessary, by adding pink; if the desired shade is a lot lighter, add white.

    Darken, if that is required, by adding a mix of red and blue.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are looking for periwinkle paint for decorating or similar purposes, many manufacturers now include periwinkle in their charts and can mix the colour for you in several shades.
  • If you are looking for examples of the colour, the periwinkle flower is the most common natural example.

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