Following the advice of Shirley trevena (whose new book I got yesterday) I decided to go crazy and make random marks on a sheet of a3 paper. Somehow a tea cup and pot was the image that emerged on the page.
Using paint from colours that I don't really click with (ie. ones I have tried over the years but don't use as a standard) in my new possum palette (thanks to Daniel green for the suggestion ... I came across one in my last 30minutes in NYC in July)
Need to find some thick textured watercolour paper