100/100 challenge 7: Prussian Blue and burnt sienna

April 30th, would have been Captain Tom Moore’s one hundred and first birthday, and in recognition of that, a new challenge has been announced that ordinary folk should try to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation. My own challenge is to write over a hundred days, a 100 word blog each day.

Day 7

We always had colouring books and wax crayons to colour within black lines. Then we had coloured pencil crayons, then paint-boxes with small blocks of colour which needed brushes dipped in water. The paint never dissolved enough, the colours were too faint, our paintings wet and disappointing.
I acquired a best friend, two years older than me; she had poster paints and colours with magical names, like Prussian Blue, burnt sienna, cadmium, cobalt. One birthday she gave me four pots of paint, one was Prussian Blue and whenever I think of her and painting, I remember Prussian Blue, and vice-versa.



    1. Lois

      I didn’t know it was made from cyanide, wow that is cool! It was such a revelation to me when I was a child and my friend introduced me to ‘real’ paint colours as opposed to what we got in those little tins. I don’t suppose you have come across her – she lives in Bristol and works at Spike Island, her name’s Frankie Partridge.


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