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….
“Dexter” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
“Damien” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Start of the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting, drawing on cardboard
Cardboard stage of the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting
Close up of the cardboard stage of the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting to show the layers
I started drawing Dexter on the cardboard but decided that I wanted him to be further across. The good thing about doing it on cardboard is that rather than having to rub it all out and drawing it again to move it across I could just cut the cardboard and move it to the other side to extend it across to where I wanted it.
Cardboard stage of the Dexter 3D Acrylic Painting, the join in the cardboard where I extended it will be covered up by the modroc
Close up of the layers of cardboard
Both of the 3D Acrylic Paintings at the cardboard stage in my studio in Pontefract
Modroc on the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting, once it’s dry it can be painted
Putting the modroc on the Dexter 3D Acrylic Painting
Base coat painted on the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting
Base coat painted on the Dexter 3D Acrylic Painting
Painting more details on the Dexter 3D Acrylic Painting
Final details getting painted on the Dexter 3D Acrylic Painting. It took me a couple of goes to get the eyes right. I wasn’t quite happy with them at first so I had another go at it. Just needs a background painting on next.
Starting to paint more details on the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting
Lots more details painted on the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting, it took quite a while to get to this point from the last one. The markings were tricky to get right but I finally managed to get them so I was happy with how they were looking.
As the paintings are for me you shouldn’t be surprised by the colour I chose to do the background 🙂
Background painted on the Damien 3D Acrylic Painting and that’s it finished, just needs to dry and get varnished.
“Dexter” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
“Dexter” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye close up view
“Damien” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
“Damien” 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye close up view
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, email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was my first year submitting to be part of Holmfirth Art Week, I’d been encouraged to give it a try while I was at the Artworld 2 Gallery in Wakefield (which unfortunately closed down at Christmas) and I was pleasantly surprised to be successful and asked to exhibit two of my 3D Acrylic Paintings.
I was finding it difficult to choose which two I’d take but thanks to my newsletter subscribers and social media followers/likers “Lancaster Bomber” and “Mummy and Baby African Elephants”‘ were picked.
Then as an additional bonus a few weeks before it was due to take place I was given the opportunity to go along on one of the days with more of my work to do a demonstration showing how I make my 3D Acrylic Paintings. These would also be available for sale so I wanted to make the most of this additional opportunity but I didn’t know how much room I was going to have to display them.
Fortunately when I was there for taking in day, which was the week before the Art Week started, I was able to see where the demonstrating area was going to be and the size of the board I’d be given to use. So that made it easier for me to try to figure out what to take.
I wanted to take a range of different sizes/prices and subject matter to give people an overview of what I can do and hopefully entice them to find out more. I planned on using the larger ones on the board and the smaller ones on the table near to where I’d be demonstrating how to make them. I’d also take along some of the “Make Your Own” starter kits that I’ve been developing for those that are inspired to try it for themselves.
Whenever I’ve done arts and crafts fairs in the past I’ve always struggled with wanting to take everything I’ve got so there’s more chance of someone seeing one that they like enough to buy. Obviously this isn’t very practical or realistic to do but I still can’t help worrying that I’ve picked the wrong ones to take and that if I’d only taken such and such instead they would have sold. This feeling is especially heightened when I’ve not been selling anything. So I was actually quite impressed with myself for only taking a relatively small amount (for me).
Along with the finished 3D Acrylic Paintings I wanted to take some that were at different stages of the process so I could show people more easily how they were made. I took some small ones, of a car, boat and plane, that I’d made a while ago for the same purpose of showing people the process when I was at the pop up shop/gallery/studio in Castleford. But I also wanted to take some larger ones to put on the board for people to see from more of a distance too. I decided that I’d make a baby elephant and leave it at the modroc stage so then I could show how the texture is added by the modroc and that I’d make a Spitfire and leave it at the cardboard stage to show how the different layers go together to make it 3D. (You can see them in the picture above).
I picked a baby elephant and a Spitfire because of having “Lancaster Bomber” and “Mummy and Baby African Elephants” in the exhibition. I thought it might help explain the process better if they’d seen the finished work along with work in progress of similar ones of the same subject matters (it made sense in my head anyway even if I’m not explaining it very well here)
For the demonstration itself I decided that I’d just make a little one from scratch so then it wouldn’t take so long with waiting for things to dry. I picked a highland cow because they’re good for showing how to get texture with the modroc and they’re not too fiddly either.
I had planned on completing it but in the end I only got to the modroc stage. It wasn’t quite how I thought it was going to be in terms of it being a demonstration so there weren’t many people who stuck around to watch what I was doing for long. This meant that I ended up waiting for some people to come before doing a bit to show them, then when they went I stopped and waited for more people to come before doing a bit more. So I didnt get to the painting bit.
Even though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to be I’m still glad that I did it and was even talking to the organiser about doing it again next year (so fingers crossed for that).
Unfortunatley I didn’t sell anything while I was there doing the demonstration and when I went on collection day I’d not sold either of the paintings in the exhibition either. I can’t help being disappointed about it but I’m going to keep trying though.
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The “make your own” 3D Acrylic Painting kits were something that came about after I’d done a few craft fairs when I was just starting out. People were asking how I made my paintings 3D and were interested in trying out the technique for themselves when I explained it to them.
After a bit of experimenting I came up with some basic kits that I could take along with me to the next fairs that I had booked in. To my delight I actually sold some, so that meant I finally covered the cost of being there. Yay!
I’ve not really been doing many fairs recently but it’s something that I want to try again. Before I do though I want to get my kits polished to a higher quality.
Currently I’m at the research stage, looking for quality packing materials that I can get for the right price. I’ll keep you updated with how I’m getting on with this…..