I did a thing.


Twenty-twenty. What a shit show, eh? At least I got in one last painting.


##Bye2020 Spent my NYE alone, working on this.

♬ original sound - Fourth Grade Nothing

Doing an art exchange with Samantha Belfeld


One of the things I love about TikTok is the number of artists I've had the chance to interact with on the platform. For example, Samantha Belfeld (aka @sammiethefist) asked if we could exchange art pieces, and I am more than happy to do that!

Because of the video she commented on, I had a feeling she would like something similar but original. I decided to make an abstract piece that took inspiration from a lava lamp. I can't wait to see what she sends me.

Check out the process video below and let me know if you'd like to exchange art as well!


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♬ Lofi - Domknowz

'Twas the Day After Christmas


Welcome to the redesigned website for Painting with Dee! Designed to be a super simple, responsive and barebones website. Get links to my social profiles, YouTube and TikTok videos, as well as my Etsy shop and Patreon.

Christmas Eve chill vibes and paint with me! - watercolor postcard mail art


Whether you're at home for the holidays, or being socially distant, I offer you this chance to take a few minutes out of your day to breathe, relax, chill out and vibe with me for a bit on this mail art post card.

The art supplies I'm using are Arteza Real Brush Pens. These water-based ink brush pens are my favorite things to paint with. Watch how easily they spread with a little bit of water! And I'm not being paid to say this, nor have I been given product in exchange for a review. I literally just love these brushes so much.

There's no narration on this one, so, enjoy the music of Chris Haugen -- freely available from the YouTube Audio library -- and watch me do my thing!

Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate, and I hope this helps your day!

Jonesy loves watching the Christmas train while I speed paint mail art postcards


This weekend I pulled out the electric train to set up around our Christmas tree. This train set is at least 30 years old so it took a bit of cleaning and adjusting to get it going around the track, but I nursed it along until it got there. And now, my cat Jonesy loves to sit and watch it go around and around.

Meanwhile, in today's video, I'm speedpainting a postcard for my friend Gina. She's part of the mail art exchange I've been running all month.

I'm using Arteza Real Brush Pens on watercolor paper just heavy enough to act as a good medium for making postcards with. From what I've seen of the cards people have received from me, they seem to hold up very well. Unfortunately, it seems like someone else has shipped a bunch of glitter in the same mailbox my cards were in and they arrived covered in glitter. I certainly didn't add glitter! So, I'm counting it as part of the "process" of making mail art - whatever "damage" or additions made to the cards as part of either the wear and tear of the postal system or mishandling is now part of the process of creating this art. That's just how it goes...

Anyway, hope you enjoy the video, and contact me if you'd like to have a postcard sent to you! For a $3 contribution to help me continue to grow this channel and create my artwork I will send you a postcard! Contact me or leave a comment below to get involved.

The music is Daily Beetle by Kevin MacLeod and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500025

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Chill and paint some mail art with me!


Today is gonna be a low key, chill day. I'm painting this mail art postcard during one of the biggest snowstorms we've had in the past few years, and I'm using Arteza Real Brush Pens to provide the watercolor ink.

No narration on this video, either... Just listen to the music and enjoy watching the artwork unfold before your eyes. Chill out, relax, and watch this time lapse art video.

Mail art postcards for sale!


With the global pandemic going on, I haven't been able to get as much work as I'd like. Likewise, I've been laid off from my regular job since March, and it's been pretty rough making ends meet. That said, I decided to try something new: selling my postcard art made with Arteza Real Brush Pens.

For $3 I will send you a postcard with a personalized message. You won't be able to choose which postcard I send you, but I promise you it will be original art similar to what you have seen in these videos.

This is the link to my PayPal if you'd like to help me out. https://paypal.me/DeeCulp

Technically, this will be a $3 donation to my PayPal to help support the channel and my art, not an outright sale. However, if you go to my Etsy store, I do have a variety of items for sale, ranging from photos and plaques to skateboard decks and wall art. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkateParty

However, if you'd like to help my channel grow and don't want a card, please subscribe, like and share this video. Thanks again!

Mail art postcards only $3!


For $3 I will send you a postcard with a personalized message. You won't be able to choose which postcard I send you, but I promise you it will be original art similar to what you have seen in these videos.

This is the link to my PayPal if you'd like to help me out. https://paypal.me/DeeCulp


Help an artist! I will mail you a handmade postcard!##watercolorpainting ##postcard ##HolidayDecor ##artforsale ##artistoftiktok ##artistontiktok ##craft

♬ Pure Imagination - Channel Blue

How to protect watercolor paintings without glass: Use wax medium to protect watercolor paintings


In today's video I'm showing you how to protect watercolor paintings without using glass. Cold wax medium is a safe, effective way of protecting and preserving your paintings.

First of all, before you apply any kind of wax or varnish, decide how you want to mount your painting. If you want to mount it to a panel board, make sure you do that first. In this example, I'm simply applying a layer of wax to help protect postcards I'm making for an art exchange with friends. Normally, I'd mount my watercolor painting to a panel board, but I'm skipping that step as it is unnecessary for this project. If that's the case for you, as well, read on.

A lot of artists like to avoid using glass because of the glare and extra expense of a frame. Personally, I prefer to mount my paintings to a wood panel for hanging and displaying. I love being able to look at works of art without a distracting frame around them trying to look at details through glass with lights glaring on it. But how do you protect your painting from dust, dirt and especially water and humidity without glass?


The secret is to use a cold wax medium. I like to use Gamblin cold wax medium to waterproof watercolor paintings because it's easy to apply and is very effective, but there are a number of other brands, like Dorland's, that work exactly the same.

As I say in the video, you can absolutely use a shop cloth, a paper towel, a rag or even a sponge, but I prefer to use my fingers because it lets me feel for any spots that I might have missed. On a side note, another way to check for missed spots is the view the surface from the side and look at how the light glares across it. There should be a slight sheen to the surface. If you notice any spots that aren't shiny, add some wax and buff it in with circular motion.

Of course, there will be extra cleanup involved if you use your bare hands to apply the wax, so you might want to use gloves. However, I find that Dawn dish soap takes the wax right off my hands. It's never been a problem for me.

Once the wax has had sufficient time to dry and is no longer sticky, you can use a cloth to buff the surface for a glossy finish that is sure to catch the eye. And then, if you want, you can apply another layer just to be sure, but it probably won't be necessary.

The brand I used in this video is Gamblin Cold Wax Medium. A 4 oz. jar usually costs around $11 but it can go a long way.

Making abstract art using Penrose Triangle Tiling


Hey, it's me, Dee! Once again, back with these art cards that I've been working on using some simple pencil illustrations and Arteza Real Brush Pens to color and paint with.

In case you didn't see my last video, these are art postcards that I'm making to send out to my friends. They aren't Christmas cards or anything like that, just some fun art that I wanted to paint on a postcard and send out to people.

What I'm trying to doing here is Penrose Tiling. Or, at least, my take on Penrose Tiling. I can't really explain it because I don't fully understand it, but basically, Penrose tiling is an example of aperiodic tiling which is a method of covering the surface of a plane by non-overlapping polygons and other shapes. If done right, you can cover an infinite space and create dazzling patterns.

To do this, I start by finding the center of the card and then pull out a protractor to find points in a circle around the center that are equal in distance apart. In this example, I want 5 points which will give me room for 5 equally sized polygonal shapes. To figure out where those points should be I just divide 360 by 5, which gives me the number 72. I then make a mark every 72 degrees around the circle and then go from there.

This project has been going great, so far. The whole idea is to have a way to stay in touch with my friends and family in the art community that is unique to each individual. It's giving us a way to keep busy, and keep being creative, while also giving us a chance to share our art with a very specific audience. The end goal is to get artwork into the hands of those who will likely most appreciate it. And that, in itself, feels like an antidote to the world of Instagram and the influencers' art scene.

To that end, I probably won't be making videos for ALL of these cards... just a select few. The rest are only going to be for whoever they are meant for, and they can do whatever they like once they have it. I think that's the best way to honor this project.

And, as always, thanks again for painting with me!

Vlogmas Project: Making Art Postcards


In today's speed painting time lapse video I'm making mail art postcards using Arteza Real Brush Pens.

Watercolor portrait of professional skateboarder Alana Smith


Recently I've been painting a lot of skateboarding inspired art and I've found that Arteza real brush pens are great to use. They have the feel of watercolor painting but at much more convenient. I like how clean and vivid the colors are, but can be messy with just a little bit of water, and open up a whole world of creativity.

I'm really into skateboarding, as people who follow my other YouTube channel know, so I've been creating these portraits of professional skateboarders so that I have something to do now that winter is here and it's too cold and rainy to skate.

So, please enjoy the video and paint along with me!

November 2020 | January 2021