Malabar Pied Hornbill – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Princeton Neptune, Round Size 10. Photo courtesy of sarangib on Pixabay.

Doodlewash Prompt: Pie. Okay, so Pied isn’t quite pie or nearly as tasty but it’s close enough for hand grenades.

Did you know that Hornbills have specialized feathers that act as eyelashes?They are one of only a few bird species that do.

More and more, I find myself reaching for Daniel Smith’s Aussie Red Gold and Lavender. On the other hand, I seldom use their Lunar Red Rock. I wanted to mix up a black, and decided to mix it with Ultramarine Blue. By accident, I picked up French Ultramarine, which has more red, so I ended up with a very dark purple. It’s close enough to black so I’ll go with it for now.

But it’s a thought – do you have colors you just don’t use. Can you mix it with some other color and make something you would?


And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Daniel Smith watercolor:

Princeton Neptune, Round Size 10


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6 thoughts on “Malabar Pied Hornbill – Postcards for the Lunch Bag

  1. Yet, another fantastic new bird you’re presenting! I had to laugh; I speak French, so thought “pied” (pron. pi-ED) had to do with its “foot!” It does look like a pie on its beak. How very interesting. I may need to order more DS Aussie Red Gold soon, as that, too, is my new fave. I don’t like the “new “Quin Gold” (too cool) that manufacturers offer, except for Holbein. ARG is so perfect for my desert glazes (thinking of food, now). I suppose DS Shadow Violet’s one I have but don’t use much. Perhaps I could add a color to it for shadows. I should do what you do, Sandra; just mix ’em together for more luscious black!

    1. Thank you! I’m not sure why these are called pied. It means two or more colors, but I don’t think this particular one has any more colors than other hornbill species. I’m sure there is a story, but who knows what the logic was. I find I don’t use Shadow Violet very often either.

  2. Lol, you made me giggle…..close enough for hand grenades. I almost feel sorry for this bird, having to haul around that extra bill. Is it even good for anything? I’ll have to Google that. 😉 Okay, I did and it said it is to help their calls resonate through the forest. I’m on the fence as to whether it is worth it. Lol!

  3. All I know is that I would not want to get in the way of that beak! This painting has a terrific composition and the colors are eye-popping. Interesting how you created your black, it has much depth. I tend to mix paints so much, I have no idea what the recipes are.

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