Paint Brook, Nova Scotia


Today, our search for pigment led us out to Paint Brook, in Elmsvale. The information we had raved about the quality of the gold ochre and burnt sienna pigments found at this source. After speaking with a local man (who told us to, “go fill your boots!”) we headed up the brook.

The brook wasn’t easy to follow. We were hindered by fallen trees, mud, and areas of deep water. This made our travel slow.

But it was a very interesting location. In the other spots we had visited there was usually only one type of rock that, when reduced, produced the colour we were after. To our surprise there were a number of different rocks which all produced a golden ochre colour. So, we picked a selection of each. Some of them seemed brighter than others, but really, we won’t know until I get home and grind them up.

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