These are great. As a beginner, I was worried I wouldn't be able to use them, but I was wrong. There are numerous sized tips, so you can color as small, or as large as you want too, without wasting water or ruining a brush. The brushes are sturdy, yet soft... If that makes sense- You can fill the whole pen with water if you'd like, and control the flow by pressing the button on the side to release a little water at a time, or you can have a cup of water beside you, and dip the brush in that way. They are also soft enough to use with a little water on the brush, and lightly putting it onto an intense pencil, or directly into a water color. You really have a lot of control over what you can do with these. I'm really happy with them. The brushes don't HOLD the color either, so no staining.