Making of the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings. They are what I made as part of my demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week this year (which you can read more about here.)

The inspiration for them was the cute cats in the app game Neko Atsume (Cat Collector). I really liked how their simple design still looked cute. It reminded me of some of my earlier work where I gave the cats and dogs big cartoon eyes and I decideed that it was something that I wanted to return to.

Originally I was going to do a few in different poses, I am still going to do some more, but for the purpose of the demonstration I felt that I could show the process more effectively by having them in the same pose but with more subtle differences in size, texture and colour.

Last year when I did the demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week I showed the first few stages up to putting the modroc on but I didn’t do any painting, so this year I wanted to prepare some that were already at the painting stage so I would be able to demonstrate that part too.

My plan was to have one at each stage so that when people visited at different times of the day they would still be able to see the full process.

I started by drawing the basic outline of a cute cat on cardboard and cut it out, I then used this as a template to make the rest by drawing round it onto more pices of cardboard.

When it came to cutting these new cats out I’d change the shape slightly so each one would be slightly different then made them 3D in the same way by using more cardboard.

When I put the modroc on I gave each one a different texture using techniques such as scrunching, scoring and smoothing so that I could show what the modroc could do. I then left these to dry and sanded them before taking them to the demonstration.

If you would like to make one for yourself you can do so in a workshop with me at my studio in Pontefract, WF8 1PE (above Wetherspoons)


You can buy a kit from me directly, The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield or from my shops on etsy and folksy.

You can see videos of this on my youtube channel too

I’m hoping to make some more 3D Acrylic Paintings of cute kitty cats with love heart noses soon.

What cat poses and colours should I do? Would you like to see more dogs and other animals done like this too?

Let me know in the comments below.


Take care,

Till next time.

Purple Faye x

Purple Faye’s Pontefract Yorkshire Day judging adventure

Last Monday, 1st August 2016, was Yorkshire Day and Pontefract, West Yorskhire, had a number of events on to celebrate.

Some of the local businesses decorated their window displays with a Yorkshire theme and the Chair of the Pontefract Civic Society, Paul Cartwright, very kindly invited me along to help pick which was the best.

Along with Councillor David Jones we spent about an hour or so looking at them all, just about managing to avoid the rain that descended, and decided on a winner and a runner up.

Here are some pictures that Paul and David took of the displays and the winner/runner up getting their certificates.


Here’s what Paul had to say on the Pontefract Civic Society facebook page

“The civic society announced in May that after the success of the Christmas shop window displays, we’d give it a go again in an effort to promote the town and business. The interest was a little lower than Christmas, so today we had 8 windows to judge, and our Chair, Paul Cartwright was joined by Cllr David Jones Deputy Regen/Business Portfolio, and Purple Faye, a local artist with a studio on Finkle Street. We had a good hour wandering around the town, dodging the shower stopping off at Brosgill Opticians, Airedale Computers, Pontefract Library, Belles (now Olives), Pomfret Gallery, Wilson’s Pies, Top Mark Suit Hire, and finally Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors

All registered entrants are thanked for their efforts, with the real creativity being displayed at Pomfret Gallery with a framed castle of Pontefract Cakes, and we then had a similar theme of the very best of Yorkshire at Belles and Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors. So, the judges decision then became final!

We were pleased to award a Runner Up Certificate and some small gifts to Helen, the new owner at Belles (or Olives as it will soon be rebranded. The judges felt that the window looked great with Yorkshire Tea and other food produce, together with gardening themes, Yorkshire bunting, and Yorkshire Life Magazine as part of the display.

Our winning shop window for today was awarded to Southgate Kitchen & Bathroom Studio with Hark Interiors, where Karen Morley was thrilled to receive her certificate and goodies from Pontefract Civic Society The judges noted a plethora of Yorkshire themes from a tweed jacket, to dogs, tea, liquorice all sorts, Yorkshire bunting, and it was then the sporting collection which swung the judges, through the inclusion of rugby and cricket.

Karen would also like to thank Tordoff’s and Signature for providing some of the display material.

Thanks also to David Jones Photography”

Here’s a video of the day by BBC Radio Leeds:


I was really flattered to be asked to help out, walking around seeing all the lovely displays that people had taken the time to make and talking to Paul and David about matters to do with Pontefract was an enjoyable experience and made me feel more a part of the town and community.

I look forward to seeing the festive displays at Christmas.


Till next time.

Take care,

Purple Faye x