Pentalic Aqua Journal – the Terrorizing Blank Page

picture of pentalic aqua journal da vinci maestro brushes and mijello mission gold watercolor paints

The new journal. Pretty. Clean. For artists, absolutely terrorizing.

Pentallic Aqua Journal

Getting set to mark up this pentalic aqua journal.

What is it about that blank page that terrorizes us artists?

picture of da vinci maestro series 35 brushes on white page of pentalic aqua journal with mijello mission gold paint in the background

The Terrorizing Blank Page

It’s so fast, so white, so pristine.

But wait, what if we thought of it as empty? Needing companionship? Needing some life? Wanting something to keep it company, yearning for it even, needing it so badly it’s very existence depended on it?

Then would it be easier to get that first mark on?

I know for me, I’ve been thinking of “saving” this pretty book. I mean, it’s made of real 140# cp watercolor paper, a gold mine right?

picture of inner leaf of pentalic aqua journal page

But then, my mind raced, thinking each time I use it, I need to paint a masterpiece on each page!!! My heart pounded, my palms got clammy, I could feel the panic! The pressure! To make something pretty, over and over, each time on every page!

No. No, no, no.

This blank white page in this pretty book will not win!

It needs marks. It’s yelling for anything, something, it’s so alone without a splash!

So you know what?

I’ve got my palette. (Mission Gold by Mijello)

I’ve got my brushes. (Da Vinci Maestro)

picture of pentalic aqua journal open to first blank white page with da vinci maestro brushes and mijello mission gold watercolor ready to paint

I’m going in. Bold, bright and big!

This first white page of this pretty book is gonna get a big ole splash of bright color for a friend. Stay tuned to see the proof!

Right. Now.




Have you had this inner talk, these whispers in your ear, as you face a new painting sketchbook? Have you faced the fear? How do you overcome the terrorizing blank page?

Click on the blog title and comment in the box, share your triumph, your first splash on this known bane to artist. What do you do?

Watercolor Art Supplies Jackson’s Art and Da Vinci Brushes

What’s an artist need most?

New Watercolor Art Supplies of course!

Jackson’s Art

Jackson’s Art has become one of my favorite online suppliers of art goodies. They have great customer service and ship quickly with great packaging.

Da Vinci Maestro

In this box, a gem!

Da Vinci Maestro series 35, size 12.

The brush is beautiful. A full review son, but know now if you want lots of painting power and agility, this brush is for you.

I love it! Here is the size 5 and 00 too.

Giving the Cosmotop Spin a try for big washes. Review of that soon too, because I have used it and it’s a dream!

Have you tried the Maestro or the Spin? How do you like it? What’s your go to brush? Do you have a favorite online art store?

Click on the blog title and comment in the box, I’m hoping to learn of new places for supplies and of course would love to hear about your brushes in your toolbox?

Artists Need Supplies at Hawaiian Graphics

photo of artist truck painted with red dragon by aliciadrhankins and castlegardener

Artists need supplies. And these artists (us) visit local store Hawaiian Graphics for some much needed tools to complete a few projects.

Everything we create has some behind the scenes to it and field trips for supplies is one of those behind the scenes types of things.

Today we traveled to support our local shop and to get some much needed foam board, clips, and colored pencils.

It’s great to have an Artist spouse, with a cool ride!

Watercolor Whale Tail Mini

Painting of watercolor whale tail





A mini is born!

Tiny whale tail

Whale watching season in Hawaii is so exciting. We can hear whale songs when we snorkel 😁💙

This started as a test patch for paint colors, ended up a mini painting, 😉 I couldn’t help it, it was fun!

Have you ever started with a dab here dab there and have it turn out to Be something?

Have you painted minis?

Have you heard the whale song?

Watercolor on paper .




Blue Watercolor and Da Vinci Maestro

Blue Watercolor and Da Vinci Maestro watercolor brush, a perfect pair.

See that new tool?
Yeah, that brush?

It does serious action!
What a difference a brush makes.

This one can “kiss” my paper, instead of “licking” it. This brush dances for me. I hear it’s song. It can bow long like a viola, it skips like a piccalo, it toots like a trumpet and swooned like honey voices.

And it’s great friends with blue now.

What’s in your hand?

What brush dances for You?

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Art Through My Eyes

My eyes

take in the world

arouse my senses

My hand moves,

my brush dances,

for you,

a world to see


Alicia DR Hankins

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