22. Ardnamurchan

Ardnamurchan on driftwood on the beach

A search for information about Ardnamurchan – the name of today’s colour – brought me to this blog post, which gives a little more context:

If you’ve spent any time around the western coasts of Scotland or Ireland, I imagine that this colour will speak immediately to you, as it does to me, of the distinctive light and colour of that part of the world, especially the saturated blue-green hue of the Atlantic.

The English channel – my nearest sea – is considerably murkier, but that does not mean I can’t find this shade nearby!

In fact, it’s one of the first colours with which I associate our new home as the previous owners covered one wall along the hallway in a lavish tropical-themed wallpaper that contains a good deal of this saturated bold blue green.

Wallpaper with Ardnamurchan

closeup of wallpaper and Ardnamurchan green

Ardnamurchan green and wall in new house

closeup of wallpaper and Ardnamurchan green

In my office, a miniature globe that is also a pencil-sharpener – and which once had pride of place in a room in my childhood dollhouse – features landmasses that are coloured with a very similar blue green shade to Ardnamurchan.

Miniature globe with Ardnamurchan-coloured landmasses

Miniature globe with Ardnamurchan-coloured landmasses

Miniature globe with Ardnamurchan-coloured landmasses

Miniature globe with Ardnamurchan-coloured landmasses

In that last photo you can see my current KNITSONIK Bullet Journal in the background – also a very Ardnamurchan-y shade!

Children's book tells me it's FOREST GREEN

A children’s book tells me this is forest green…

Althea McNish colour is mine exhibition flier in Ardnamurchan

…while in the fabric design print featured on the brochure for the magnificent exhibition Colour is Mine, celebrating the work of Althea McNish, Ardnamurchan conveys the same tropical feelings as the wallpaper in my hall.

A large children’s climbing frame in our garden has a slide that is a very similar colour to this ball of yarn.

green slide in the garden that is the colour of Ardnamurchan

green slide in the garden that is the colour of Ardnamurchan

green slide in the garden that is the colour of Ardnamurchan

Ardnamurchan also matches a velvet storage bench we installed near the front door for 1. storing knitwear 2. somewhere to sit while lacing up shoes.

velvet bench that is the colour of Ardnamurchan

velvet bench that is the colour of Ardnamurchan

Office drawers that are green with sparkly blue

In my studio, I’ve two sets of miniature wooden drawers that I painted many years ago for storing small things in my workspace. They are green with polka dots, but then the whole thing is covered with sparkly blue paint with glitter in it. Somehow the mix of the blue glitter and the greens speaks to Ardnamurchan – the underlying green is not quite right by itself, but with that intense sheen of blue, I can see a near match. Which tells me something useful about the colour.

Ardnamurchan with washi tapes

I have several green KNITSONIK washi tape designs – but none are quite the perfect match for Ardnamurchan! Still, I like seeing them together; it helps with gauging the flavour, the feeling, the specificity of this colour.

bit of driftwood on the beach with remnants of Ardnamurchan beach

I am floored by the discovery that pretty much any colour I am looking for exists on Bulverhythe beach.

Ardnamurchan appears today on a washed-up bit of driftwood…

Ardnamurchan beach hut

…and (of course) on a jolly, brightly-coloured beach hut.

What, in your world, is looking Ardnamurchan-y today?

These posts coincide with the KDD & Co. Colour Compass advent calendars. Each day, throughout December I’ll be opening my calendar beside you, and exploring the yarn shade that is revealed for that day. Read more about these posts here, and prepare for a few weeks of polychromatic fun as we discover the shades together and revel in their suggestive associations and creative possibilities together! Even if you don’t have a calendar, I hope you’ll love exploring colours with me, and thinking about each shade as it appears, and how it is connected with the everyday colours of your life.

1 thought on “22. Ardnamurchan

  1. The first thing I noticed this morning was how beautifully Ardnamurchan matched the cutting mat on my sewing worktable

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