Setting fourth in a New Water(color) Direction

After a good night's rest in a safe harbor I am taking off from Teapot Isle in a new direction. I'm heading to the knoll of Peoples.  You can see my preliminary preparations in the right hand corner photo below.   I am trying out some new equipment which I hope will make my journey smoother. I purchased a Chinese fountain pen and filled it with brown Noodlers ink. It left a few barnacles (splotches) on my painting tat I am going to try to either scrap off or incorporate into my work before I pull up anchor this morning, the mast (my paintbrush) is already raised. 

Please give me some advice and travel tips for this trip. Hurry up please,  I've got to set sail soon.