5 Top Tips for using Modroc

1. Don’t be scared

(It can be intimidating using it for the first time, but don’t worry just get stuck in and see what happens)

 

2. Don’t use it if you don’t like getting messy!

(That’s part of the fun anyway though)

 

3. Mix a bit of PVA glue in with the water to help the plaster of paris stick.

(Should stop it being so crumbly when you paint on it which is very helpful)

 

4. If you’re impatient use warmer water to speed up the setting time.

(and if you’re a bit timid or have a big bit to do at once, use cold to slow it down)

 

5. Make sure you leave it to set and dry thoroughly before painting it.

(it makes life a lot easier if you do, just means you have to be patient)

 

If you have any other questions about using Modroc please feel free to ask ūüôā info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

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What I did with the joblot of 8″x10″ Blank Canvases

Here’s the list of the first 3D Acrylic Paintings I made.

(Using the joblot of 8″x10″ blank canvases I bought specially after my first attempt)

#1 “Flower” Made in May 2008

#2 “Leaf” Made in May 2008

#3″Spiral” Made in May 2008

#4 “Sunbeams” Made in May 2008

#5 “Raindrop” Made in May 2008

#6 “Ploughlines” Made in May 2008

#7 “Eye” Made in June 2008

#8 “Plus Minus” Made in June 2008

#9 “Pawprint” Made in June 2008

#10 “Cartwheel” Made in June 2008

#11 “Wasp” Made in June 2008

#12 “Butterfly Leaf” Made in June 2008

#13 “Bug Leaf” Made in June 2008

#14 “Moon Clouds” Made in July 2008

#15 “Sun” Made in July 2008

#16 “Plus Minus 2” Made in August 2008

#17 “Squares” Made in August 2008

#18 “Boob” Made in September 2008

#19 “Bum” Made in September 2008

#20 Bellybutton” Made in September 2008

#21 “Nails” Made in September 2008

#22 “Eyebrow” Made in October 2008

#23 “Sideboob” Made in October 2008

#24 “Kiss” Made in November 2008

#25 “Fluffy” Made in November 2008

#26 “Sideboob” Made in November 2008

As you can see I only used 26 of the 30, by the time I got to them I was itching to try a different size so I saved the last 4 and some bigger canvases for my 3D Acrylic Paintings instead.

 

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1st Attempt at 3D Acrylic Painting

This is the first 3D Acrylic Painting that I made in May 2008.

After completing my education in 2006 (school, college and University) I spent the next couple of years not really making any art just trying to find employment in the creative industries. But unfortunately I kept coming up against the age old problem of needing experience but not being given the chance to get any. So after a while of feeling sorry for myself I decided that I wanted to be able to enjoy making art again, even if it was just to be as a hobby.

One day after finding the “Scarab Beetles”,that I made for my Art GCSE, I got thinking about how much I’d enjoyed the technique of making it and that I wanted to try it again.

I didn’t want to over think it too much after spending so much time feeling like I was doing anything so I decided that since I liked the idea of doing an abstract flower close up I should give it a go and see how it went.

I was so pleased with the outcome that I bought a joblot of 30 8″x10″ blank canvases and made it my project to experiment with the technique differently with each one.

Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye
Flower #1 3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

3D Acrylic paintings by Purple Faye

Made up of layers of cardboard, covered with modroc (plaster of paris in bandage) then painted with acrylic paint and varnished to help protect them
Ready to hang, no frame needed
Signed, titled and dated on the back of each

 

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Itten’s Colour Theory

If you have ever been to an art class then you will probably be familiar with the work of Johannes Itten. Especially this book:

itten elements of color

I won’t go into it too much but I thought it might be interesting to touch upon, especially in relation to my work.

I find it interesting anyway and it’s helpful/useful to know.

So first a bit of back story about me Purple Faye:

When I went to Selby college, in September 2000, to study a Graphic Design BTEC, I was given a list of things that I needed to get in preparation for the course. Along with all the drawing and painting materials the main thing was the book “ITTEN: THE ELEMENTS OF COLOR” by Faber Birren (see book cover above). It basically became the foundation for all the work I did on the course and subsequently.

College Work

Johannes Itten was considered to be one of the greatest teachers of the art of colour in the modern times. Born in 1888 near Thun, Switzerland, he devoted over 5 decades of his life to the instruction of the visual, psychological and esthetic mysteries of colour.

The most well known and recognised of these instructions is probably his 12-part colour circle, designed in Weimar in 1921, which organises colour from the primary with the complimentary colours opposite  (see below)

I don’t think there is an art student who hasn’t had to create their own version of this, mixing the paints correctly in order to get just the right shade in the right place. Or the 12 steps of grey and colour hues grid either.

It can seem tedious but it is worth having a go at and practising as it is a useful skill to have.

 

I’ll leave it at that for now, but I may come back to it at some point.

 

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Little Miss Summer

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“Little Miss Summer”

3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

Canvas Size 16″x 20″ (406mmx508mm)
Image Depth 50mm
Acrylic on canvas, built up with cardboard and modroc

3D Acrylic painting made up of layers of cardboard, covered with modroc (plaster of paris in bandage) then painted with acrylic paint and varnished to help protect it.
Original, handmade, unique painting.

Made in August 2012

This was the first pet dog portrait that I made as a 3D Acrylic painting. I was struggling to decide what to buy my mum for her birthday so thought I would have a go at making 3D Acrylic Paintings of her 2  English Springer Spaniel dogs. (This is one of them the other is her brother Mr Spring)

Back then I enjoyed making things look less realistic and more quirky/cartoonish. That’s why it has big googly eyes. It also uses a lot more cardboard layers to make it stick out a lot.

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Mr Spring

“Mr Spring”

3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

Canvas Size 16″x 20″ (406mmx508mm)
Image Depth 50mm
Acrylic on canvas, built up with cardboard and modroc

3D Acrylic painting made up of layers of cardboard, covered with modroc (plaster of paris in bandage) then painted with acrylic paint and varnished to help protect it.
Original, handmade, unique painting.

Made in August 2012

This was one of the first pet dog portraits that I made as a 3D Acrylic painting. I was struggling to decide what to buy my mum for her birthday so thought I would have a go at making 3D Acrylic Paintings of her 2 English Springer Spaniel dogs. (This is one of them the other is his sister Little Miss Summer)

Back then I enjoyed making things look less realistic and more quirky/cartoonish. That’s why it has big googly eyes. It also uses a lot more cardboard layers to make it stick out a lot.

 

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Colourful Breakfast

“Breakfast”

Acrylic painting on A1 cartridge paper by Purple Faye

Made in October 2001 (approx)

This is a continuation of the project which featured the breakfast still life pencil drawing and breakfast still life paper collage. This variation was painted using acrylic paints as an exploration into Itten’s colour theory. It was made as part of my BTEC diploma in Graphic Design and A-Level in Fine Art Printmaking courses “Drawing Development” sections at Selby College (2000-2003)

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