i am working on some paintings for holiday gifts that i can't show you, but i thought it would not hurt to give you a tiny peek. i don't plan out these freehand watercolor paintings, i just start and keep going. my favorite brand of watercolor is Daniel Smith, but I have some others.. Holbein and I think some Windsor and Newton. i used a 2 round brush for this and the paper is some pretty inexpensive Strathmore cold press , 140lbs. It's acid free, of course, that is the most important thing.