Many beginning students come to my watercolor classes with an array of brushes. One student even had about 30 brushes! That's all well and good, but most of them are surprised to learn that mostly I use only ONE brush to paint most of my watercolors. Well, the reasons are that I don't like switching brushes and I feel that I can get the job done with the one brush - a #8 round. If you get a high quality brush you can get a nice fine point at the tip for detail. A #8 brush is substantial enough to fill in washes. Occasionally, I will use a large #30 round brush for large washes and to paint skies. Recently, I have also started using a #4 for very fine detail. The #8 brush I am using currently was purchased at Blick and says Utrecht 228 sablette. I also have a #8 round Robert Simmons S85 (purchased at Jerry's Artarama) for a back up. Thanks for stopping by! Happy painting!