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These three basic brushes for Chinese paintings or Sumie are
1) A refined soft goat hair brush with 100% goat or sheep hair with great loading capability and pointed nature tip. Bristle length 1-1/8"(3.2cm) and 7/32"(0.6cm) diameter, with bamboo handle total brush length 9-1/2". This goat brush is also known as "flow brush" for painting spontaneous strokes like flower petals and leaves.
2) A wolf hair stiff brush: bristle length 1-1/8", total length 9-1/2"
It's usually called "Orchid and Bamboo" brush, and commonly used for calligraphic strokes such as bamboo and orchid.3) A small weasel hair stiff brush. Bristle length 3/4", 1/8" diameter, with 8" long natural colored bamboo handle. This brush serves as a basic liner. As its name "Ye Jing"("Leaf Vein") suggests, it is commonly used for defining veins on leaves and drawing of other details. It is also known as a "Happy Dot" brush. You may use it as a signature brush to sign your paintings.
This set of three brushes are perfect for beginner. To paint roses, for example, use the combination brush to do the flowers, the wolf brush for the leaves and canes, and the small weasel brush to add the veins and thorns.
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