Having the right brushes is equally as important. You need to have a brush with soft hair that holds a lot of water. The brush used for oil painting would not work for watercolor. If you can afford it, get one with some natural hair in it, like a sable + man made material mix. Make sure it has a good point.
YOu can manage with about three brushes minimum; one small round , one medium round, and one 1 inch or wider wash brush (flat).
I paint with Chinese brushes, but when I use color, I use my watercolor brushes.
I LOVE getting new art equipment, as much as getting new tack. I love the feel of the brush, the joy of mixing up a new color, the crisp heaviness of the new paper. That is why I don't think I would be a good digital artist because I want to get my hands INTO the work.
Even clean up is enjoyable.
I am planning onb taking a class in watercolor this winter, so I hope to learn more about how to apply the color and mix and such. I have found it much harder than I expected.
When you see work like this, on this link, you realized that it is an amazing medium and you (me) are rank beginners compared to these guys! Nwws Open Image Galleries