Workshop: Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye

The first workshop in my studio in Pontefract will be on
Saturday 10th October

10:30am – 4:30pm
(booking is required)


ONLY £20 per person all inc

(usually £35 per adult, £40 1 adult + 1 child making one together)

To book email:

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful 3D Acrylic Painting to treasure forever

The perfect one of a kind gift


*Please note that children must be accompanied by adult supervision*

Studio Address:

1st Floor

Pearl Assurance House

1 – 3 Horsefair


West Yorkshire


Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

Dexter and Damien: the first 3D Acrylic Paintings made in my Ponte studio

Now I’ve properly moved into my new studio in Pontefract, and had my open evening to give people the chance to visit/see my tactile, sculptural and unique 3D Acrylic Paintings, it’s time to get to work making more to show you.

Since part of the reason for needing the studio space was to give myself some room to work away from my ever so cute but not so helpful cats it made sense to me that the first pieces I made there was of them.

Here’s how I made them from cardboard and modroc….


In case you were wondering why there’s only 2 paintings when I have 3 cats Naughty Norman fluffycat had his picture done while I was still in the pop up shop in Castleford a year or so ago. I’ve been meaning to get round to making Dexter and Damien theirs and now seemed like the perfect opportunity.

If you’d like a 3D Acrylic Painting making of your cat let me know,

Till next time
Take care

Purple Faye x

Kit Instructions

I wrote a blog post earlier this year about working on my “Make Your Own” Kits, if you haven’t read it yet you can do so here.

I’ve been working on the instructions to go in them, this is what I’ve got so far, if you have any suggestions of things to add/change etc then please let me know.


Purple Faye’s 3D Acrylic Painting

  • Tactile – Sculptural – Unique –

 Kit Instructions

 Suitable for: Beginners of all ages

(Children should be supervised)

Approx time to make: 3hr

(Not including drying time)


What you will need:

  • Blank canvas (included)
  • Cardboard

1 sheet for the main image and 1 for the layers (included)

  • Modroc (included)
  • Pencil (not included)
  • Scissors ((not included)
  • PVA/Craft Glue (not included)
  • Water (not included)
  • Sand Paper (optional, not included)
  • Paint Brushes (not included)
  • Paints of your choice (not included)

How to Make:

  1. Draw

Draw out your design onto the cardboard.

(Think about how big to make it in relation to the canvas so it’s not too big and doesn’t fit on or too small that you can hardly see it and it’s fiddly to cut out (unless you want them to be like that)

  1. Cut

Cut all along the outside edge of your design.

Decide which bits of your image are going to be made more 3D and cut these sections out of the main image.

Use the cut out bits as a template to make more of the same shape to layered up on top of each other.

(For example if you were making a 3D painting of a dog you could make the head more 3D than the rest by cutting the head away from the body, drawing round the cut out head shape onto another bit of cardboard then cutting that out so you then have 2 head shaped bits of cardboard to use.

This can be repeated as many times as you want so you get the desired thickness. )

NOTE: You may need to get more cardboard if you choose to do more layers than the provided cardboard will allow. The modroc included may not cover it all if the layers go too high so please keep this in mind.


Stick your cut out cardboard pieces together then stick it all onto the blank canvas.

NOTE: You may want to try positioning it on the canvas before you put the glue on so you’re happy with where it’s going to go.


Once the glue is dry lay the dry modroc over the top of the cardboard image to make sure it will fit.

Cut any overlapping modroc down to size, but keep in mind that the modroc will shrink slightly once it’s been put in water.

Dunk the modroc in the water for a few seconds, wring out some of he water then place the wet modroc back over the cardboard.

Rub the modroc to spread it smoothly over the cardboard.

If you have any off cuts use these to fill any gaps round the sides.


Leave the modroc to dry completely.

(It should change colour from greyish to white as it dries)

When it doesn’t feel damp to the touch it’s ready to be painted.

NOTE: You may want to gently sand down the dry modroc to get the finish that you require


Choose what paints you want to use, I like to use acrylics, and paint your masterpiece

NOTE: You may want to varnish it once the paint has had enough time to dry but it isn’t necessary to do this.

I’d love to see what you’ve made

Email me a picture to


Show me on social media:


Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest – purplefayeuk


What do you think? Anything I’ve missed or could do better?

I really appreciate your feedback so let me know 🙂

Till next time,

Take care,

Purple Faye x

Ponte Project

Now I’ve got more space to work in, thanks to my new studio in Pontefract, I can return to a project that I started when I was at the pop up shop in Castleford.

I wanted to challenge myself with making 3D Acrylic Paintings of buildings/places. I thought that if I did them of local buildings/places  they’d mean more to local people when they saw them as well as to me.

I began with the Allinson Mill in Castleford as it seemed to be popular with people there and it was somewhere that I always liked to look at on my way to and from the pop up shop.

"Mill 3" 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

The next place I wanted to make a 3D Acrylic Painting of was the All Saints Church in Pontefract. It’s somewhere I’d always liked the look of and I thought it would be a challenge for me, which it was.

Another building I’d always liked the look of was the Buttercross in Pontefract so that was the next one I wanted to make a 3D Acrylic Painting of.

"Buttercross and St Giles Church" 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

The plan now is to find/look at more local buildings/places that I can make 3D Acrylic Paintings of. I’ll then put them together in a dedicated exhibition at my studio and possibly elsewhere locally if I can.

If you have any suggestions for local buildings/places for me try or if you have somewhere that is special to you and you’d like to have a 3D Acrylic Painting of it then I’d love to hear from you.

I’ll keep you updated with how I’m getting on.

Till next time
Take care

Purple Faye x

Pop Up Exhibition in Wakefield Ridings Centre

Up until the 3rd of October, 2015, four of my 3D Acrylic Paintings will be in a pop up exhibition in the Ridings Centre in Wakefield. In what used to be New Look, next to Created in Yorkshire and opposite the ArtWorld Gallery (who are the people running it), my paintings are being shown along with the work of several other local artists.

All the work is available for sale from there directly.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 10am-2pm

Let me know if you get chance to go visit 🙂

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x