The painting set has tools like a green stick or a chop, a little cup with a spoon, something with red stuff on it, and a black stick. You use the green stick to paint by first dipping it in the red stuff. The black stick is compressed ink, whereby you will put a little water in the bowl, and then dip the ink stick. Rub it on the side of the bowl to turn the water to grey black ink. Hold the brush vertically, dip in the ink and then paint away.