How artist Purple Faye made the ‘Raven’ 3D acrylic painting

Here’s how I made my ‘Raven’ 3D acrylic painting.

I started by drawing out the design onto a piece of cardboard that I had already cut down to the size of the blank canvas I was going to use, in this case 12x12inches (305x305mm).

I then cut all along the outside of the drawing before making the 3D layers with more cardboard.

Once the layers had been cut out and stuck together the next step was to use modroc (plaster of Paris bandages) to cover the cardboard and create texture.

Finally when the modroc was dry I could paint it with acrylic paints. Starting with a black base coat then working into it with greys and white and finishing with a pale blue and white background to contrast with the darkness of the bird.

 

I made it as a celebration of Halloween to go with the companion piece ‘Robin’, which is a celebration of Christmas. I’ll show you how the “Robin’ was made in a separate blog post.

I think it could make a great gift for horror lovers, Emos, Goths and fans of Edgar Allan Poe. As you can see how it’s made  you can see that it’s a plastic free Halloween decoration, and one that you can have on your wall at home all year round if you want to.

This original artwork is currently available to buy from my etsy shop.

etsy.com/uk/shop/purplefayeshop

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How artist Purple Faye made the ‘Mummy and Baby African Elephants’ 3D acrylic painting

Do you like elephants?

Here’s how I made the ‘Mummy and Baby African Elephants’ 3D acrylic painting.

It was made while I still had my shop studio space in Castleford, see more about that here, after I’d completed the ‘African Elephant’ 3D acrylic painting and was pleased with how it had turned out. (See the making of that one in this blog post I wrote about it.)

This was one of the first of my 3D acrylic paintings that I had made into embossed printed greetings cards. The embossed printing means that they are raised to reflect the 3D nature of the original painting. I still have a few available for sale from my etsy shop here.

My 3D acrylic paintings are made by drawing directly onto the cardboard that I have carefully selected and cut down to the size of the canvas I’m going to use. I then cut out the drawing and layer up the cardboard to make it 3D. The cardboard layers are then stuck down onto the blank canvas and covered with modroc (bandage with plaster of paris impregnated). Once the modroc is completely dry I then paint it with acrylic paints.

 

If you’d like to try the technique for yourself I have a selection of kits available from my etsy shop: etsy.com/uk/shop/purplefayeshop

Any questions or comments get in touch info@purplefaye.co.uk or message me on social media.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of the Teddies 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the original ‘Teddy’ and ‘Teddy 2’ 3D acrylic paintings.

I made these after I’d finished making a previous 3D acrylic painting for my boyfriend’s niece Eden. I was pleased with how the teddy came out on it so I wanted to try making some more. I decided to make a pair as I felt that they would look nice waving at each other side by side in a child’s bedroom. I chose neutral colours, creamy light yellow and greys so it would work with any colour scheme in a child’s bedroom, making it easier to give as a gift.

I used my usual technique for making my 3D acrylic paintings, starting with the drawing on cardboard. Even though I was making a pair that I wanted to be similar to each other, the nature of the technique means that they wouldn’t be identical. I drew the first one on cardboard and then cut it out. I then used this as a template by flipping it over so I could get the mirror image for the second one. I then created more subtle layers by overlapping certain areas to raise them slightly as well as making more dramatic layers with extra pieces of cardboard cut to shape for the nose and one foot. Once these were all stuck down in place on the canvas I used the modroc to create slight texture in the fur then I begun to paint them with acrylic paints once the modroc was dry.

 

If you’d like to buy these, either just one or the pair, they are still available, I also have embossed greetings cards available.

If you would like to make one for yourself let me know and I can put together a kit for you.

Leave a comment or email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of the African Elephant 3D Acrylic Painting by artist Purple Faye

Here’s the step by step photos of how I made my 3D acrylic painting of an African Elephant.

I started by drawing it out on the cardboard, then cutting it out and laying it up to make it 3D. I then put the modroc on, using it to create the wrinkled texture. Once it had dried I then started painting it with acrylic paints. I started by painting the shadows so I could map out where they were going to be, I then painted over it all with a mid tone grey, the black was still slightly visible through the grey. It was then a case of painting in all the tones and details until I finally painted the background in a light peachy colour to compliment the warm grey tones of the elephant.

I painted this while I was in my pop up shop in Castleford in 2013, you can read more about my time there in the blog post I wrote about it here.

It was the first time I’d attempted doing anything like this on this scale and I was pleased with how it turned out. I’m still really proud of it which is why I use it on my promo material, leaflets, business cards, etc, as a way to show the process I use to make my 3D acrylic paintings.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of Sleeping Dexter 3D acrylic painting by Pontefract artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek Demonstration 2017

On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July 2017 I took part in the artist demonstrations at Holmfirth Artweek, which you can read more about here. I made four small 3D acrylic paintings while I was there, doing the cardboard and modroc stages on the first day then leaving them to dry and painting them on the second day.

This is one of the four that I made. ‘Sleeping Dexter’ working from a photograph of my cat Dexter that I had on my phone. I started by drawing directly on the cardboard, then cutting it out and overlapping the seperate pieces to make certain places stick out more than others. After the cardboard was stuck down with glue I then put the modroc on top.

The next day once the modroc was dry I started by painting white all over the cat shape, then the background a nice light purple. I then painted the rest of the details in. All the while talking to the people that came to see what I was doing.

The final 3D acrylic painting now has pride of place on my hallway wall along with the rest of my collection.

I’ll be showing the making of the other three paintings I made at Holmfirth Artweek soon, so keep a look out for them.

Don’t forget that if you would like to make your own 3D picture I have kits and do workshops.

Contact info@purplefaye.co.uk for more information.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of Douglas and Oxo 3D acrylic painting doggy portraits by artist Purple Faye

A couple of years ago, when I was in the Artworld 2 Gallery in Wakefield, I got a commission to make 2 small 3D acrylic paintings of doggies called Douglas and Oxo. The lady who commissioned them chose the background colours she wanted plus as an extra request she wanted the names painted on the canvas too.

I took these pictures as I was making them to show the process of how they were progressing. I started by drawing each one on cardboard, working from the photos she had sent to my phone. I then cut out the cardboard and sculpted it into layers to make the drawings 3D. Next I put modroc on to add texture and provide a solid base so then I could paint them with acrylic paints.

When she came to collect them from me at the gallery she was delighted with them. If you would like me to make a 3D acrylic painting of your dog or anything else then email info@purplefaye.co.uk

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye

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Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2016

Held in Holmfirth Civic Hall (Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS) Holmfirth Artweek 2016 started on Sunday the 3rd of July at 10am and finished on Saturday 9th of July at 5pm. Featuring over 2,000 artworks by over 400 artists (amateur and professional) it is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions.
Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support. All the work is for sale with a minimum of 20% of the price paid going towards the charity.
This year was the 50th anniversary too so they wanted to make it an extra special event in celebration.
I took part in Holmfirth Artweek for the first time last year (you can see the blog post about it here) and I was pleased to be selected to take part again this year, even more so when I was asked to do a demonstration of how I make my 3D Acrylic Paintings again too.
Taking in day was 2pm-6pm on Sunday the 26th of June, so I packed up my 2 3D Acrylic Paintings up safe in bubblewrap (with the labels on that had been requested so I didn’t get put in the naughty corner for getting it wrong) and delivered them to the Civic Hall.
The volunteers who run the Artweek then spent the next week hanging and getting everything ready for the start of the exhibition the following Sunday. (Collection day was on Saturday the 9th 5pm-9pm after the exhibition finished at 5pm.)
I was able to exhibit 2 of my 3D Acrylic paintings in the main hall, I chose “The Flying Scotsman No. 4472” and the “All Saints Church” as they were made in the past year and I wanted to show my newer work. Plus I’m proud of them and wanted people to see them (and maybe even like them enough to buy too).
My demonstration was on the Friday, 8th July 2016, from when the hall opened at 10am until it closed at 9pm. I was able to take more of my work to display (and possibly sell) with me along with some kits for people to try the technique for themselves. I also decided that it would be the perfect place to take my new 3D print greetings cards to see what people thought to them.
I made up a few things in advance so they were ready to take with me. I wanted to have each stage of the process available to show to people when they asked me about it, along with  having pieces to work on when I was there too.
The day that I was there seemed to be a bit quiet, the main hall where we were on the stage never seemed to get very full. Although there was a steady trickle of people wondering around most of the time. Those that were looking didn’t really pop up to see us on the stage, and those that did were looking for the market which had moved onto the next floor up.
We did still have a few visitors though and I got some nice feedback on my work and new products. I also had a few people sign up to my newsletter, which you can do by clicking here.
I really enjoyed getting to watch the other artists that were demonstrating, it’s really interesting to see how other artists work, it was also really nice talking to them about it too.
I’ve already been asked to do it again next year, so even though I didn’t sell anything there this year I’m still glad I was able to take part and I’m looking forward to trying again next year.
Hopefully I’ll see you there.

 

List of exhibitors

Artist name Catalogue number Number of works
adam taylor 216 2
Alan Calder 218 2
Alan Dalgetty 101 3
Alex Blakey 219 2
Alex Hutchinson 102 3
Ali O’Neill 222 2
Ali White 103 4
Alison Dunn 221 2
Amy Jones 224 2
Andrew Hambleton 226 2
Andrew Jenkin 104 3
Andy Jarvis 227 2
andy leader 105 3
Angela Rusby 479 2
Ann Davies 229 2
Ann J. Hirst 230 2
Ann O’Donnell 107 Multiple
ANN PARKIN 441 2
Anna Childs 108 3
Anna McDade 231 2
Anne Allan 232 2
anne genner crawford 109 4
Anne Harrey 233 2
annette hetherington 234 2
Annie bogdanovics 235 2
Anthony Ratcliffe 110 5
Avril Morris 111 5
Babs Head 236 2
Barbara Helm 237 2
barbara oldfield 238 2
Barbara Townsend 303 2
BARBARA WILSON 239 2
Barrington Strawbridge 249 2
Barry Kellington 241 2
BARRY THORNTON 113 3
Berenice Causer 225 2
BERIC DYSON 245 2
BETTY HALL 286 2
Beverley Beaumont 247 2
Beverley Haynes
Beverley Madden
418
246
2
2
brendan hesmondhalgh 115 5
Brian Lancaster 116 3
BrianHolding 248 2
Brigitte Hayden 250 2
Bruce Mulcahy 117 3
CAMILA ZACCARELLI 251 2
carl jacobs 118 3
Caro Ward 119 3
Carrie McKenzie 252 2
Catherine Aldred 120 4
Catherine Green 121 3
Catherine McGrath 122 3
Cathy Jordan 253 2
Celia Kilner 123 6
Celia Smith 254 2
Charles Holroyd 297 2
Charlotte Bradley 255 2
Charlotte House 389 2
Chris Deering 258 2
Chris Goodswen 256 2
Chris Leaper 259 2
Christine southworth 257 2
christopher jenkins 124 Multiple
Christopher Noble 260 2
Claire Groves 519 2
Claire Lake 263 2
Claire Louise Mather 483 2
Clare tyas 264 2
Colin Dunn 415 2
colleen penny 125 3
D B Shearing 274 2
Daisy Norman 387 2
Dan Ash 266 2
Daren Wild 267 2
Darrell Milnes 268 2
Dave Carroll 269 2
david booth 217 2
David Coldwell 270 2
David cooke 414 2
David Cullearn 271 2
David Helm 272 2
David Lyons 126 3
david Mayne 127 4
David Morris 128 5
DAVID NEWCOMBE 129 5
David Preston 273 2
David Small 130 3
David Steeden 275 2
David Whiting 131 3
David Wilson 244 2
Debbie George 106 6
Deborah Frith 265 2
Denis Brook 132 5
Di Carey 277 2
Diana Gasiorski 375 2
Diane Ellis 278 2
Dianne Cross 133 Multiple
Dianne Westmoreland 134 Multiple
Dionne Swift 135 3
Doctor Simpo 243 2
Donna Foster 279 2
Doreen Ball 280 2
Douglas Beardsell 281 2
E J Lazenby 288 2
Eddie Fenn 325 2
Eileen Hirst 136 3
Elaine Foxton Walker 283 2
Elaine Norton 137 4
Elaine Thelier 138 3
Elisa Etemad 284 2
Elizabeth Noble 289 2
Elle Caldicott 282 2
Emily Flaherty 291 2
Emily Stubbs 292 2
Emma Oughtibridge 294 2
Emma wink 295 2
Eric hill 262 2
ERIC LEE 139 6
ES Fountain 293 2
FAO Jeff Beaumont 154 6
fenne casey 442 2
Fiona Kennett 298 2
Fiona Plaisted 114 3
Fiona Weir 299 2
florence boote 300 2
Frank Hiley 302 2
Fred Phillips 309 2
Gail Dooley 304 2
Gemma Shearing 305 2
Geoff Brook 306 2
Geoff Butterworth 140 3
Geoffrey  Harrop 308 2
Germaine Mallinson 310 2
Gillian L Dunsmore 406 2
Gina B Clarke 141 Multiple
Glenys Newman 446 2
Gower 194 4
Graham Hall 312 2
Gwenda Midgley 313 2
Hannah Smith 261 2
Heather Crompton 315 2
Heather Greenwood 314 2
Heather Jackson 316 2
Heather Shaw 317 2
Heather Smith 425 2
Heidi Farrar 398 2
Helaina Sharpley 142 3
Helen Buttler 318 2
Helen Cassidy 143 3
helen field 319 2
Helen R Jones 320 2
Helen Wright 321 2
Helena Forrester 322 2
Howard Asher 323 2
Ian Marsh 144 Multiple
Ian Walker 324 2
Jackie Stirk 327 2
Jackie Walton 145 Multiple
Jacky Pascual 307 2
jacky rawlins 328 2
JACQUELINE MCKENZIE 329 2
Jacquelyn Cook 330 2
Jacqui Laithwaite-Rawes 146 case
jaki bogg 331 2
Jamie Frost 332 2
JANE AUKLAND 333 2
Jane Burgess 148 5
Jane C. Crewe 345 2
Jane E Galvin 149 3
Jane Horner 334 2
Jane Langley 335 2
Janet Barrett 150 3
Janet Gledhill 336 2
Janet Golphin 151 4
Janet Grainger 337 2
Janice Doherty 338 2
Jayn Barker 339 2
Jayne Shaw 340 2
Jean Bashford 152 3
Jean Farmer 341 2
jean lancaster 342 2
Jean Shires 153 6
Jennifer Kellington 240 2
Jennifer Lee 346 2
Jennifer Sheard 347 2
Jenny Milner 348 2
Jill Hayfield 155 4
Jill Malloy 350 2
Jill Woods 351 2
Jim Robison 147 Multiple
Jo Brown 353 2
Jo Smith 355 2
Joan Leslie 352 2
Joan Smith 401 2
Joan Walker 359 2
Joanne Kitson 354 2
John & Dawn Field 156 Multiple
john a mcpake 157 5
John Edwards 356 2
John Elliott 357 2
John Gorman 358 2
john steve ellis 158 Multiple
Joseph O’Reilly 159 6
josie walters 160 4
Joy Wheatley 360 2
Judith Lees 161 Multiple
Judith Roberts 361 2
Jules Crowther 364 2
Julia Keates 162 3
Kaili Fu 366 2
Karen Whitwam 459 2
Karl butler 367 2
Karl Smith 388 2
Kate Orme 368 2
KATE STRIDE 369 2
Kath Lord 428 2
Katherine Greenwell 163 Multiple
Kathryn A. Crookes 370 2
Katy Measures 371 2
Kay van Bellen 164 4
Kay Westerman 372 2
Kaye Wilson 373 2
Keith Hanselman 165 4
Keith Harris 166 3
Keith Wigglesworth 376 2
Kevin Threlfall 378 2
Kim Onyskiw 379 2
Kin Lee 380 2
Kirsty Meigh 381 2
Kirsty Reilly 382 2
Kok Seng Lee 167 4
Kris Mercer 383 2
leanne schofield 384 2
Lesley Anne Greene 168 3
Liam Raby 385 2
Linda Bulleyment 169 3
Linda Downs 386 2
Lindsay Norman 170 3
Lisa Stubbs 171 3
Liz Armstrong 285 2
Liz Cuerden 287 2
Liz Thomson 290 2
louisa kemp 390 2
Louise Garman 391 2
Luke Avalos 311 2
Lynn Jewell 392 2
Lynne Onyskiw 393 2
M CLEMENTS 363 2
Maeve Coleman 403 2
Maggie Dimmock 172 3
maggie preston 394 2
Malcolm Whittaker 173 4
Margaret Burley 174 3
Margaret Down 395 2
Margaret Fairclough 175 Multiple
Margaret King 276 2
MARGARET LOUISE MELECHI 176 4
Margaret Sowerby
Margaret Steeden
521
396
4
2
margery wild 420 2
Marilyn Isherwood 177 4
Mark Evans 397 2
Mark Smith 400 2
Martin Norman 178 4
Mary Lane 402 2
maureen pritchard 404 2
Maurizio Miele 179 3
maxine pigram 180 4
Michael Bailey 405 2
Michael Claxton 508 2
Michael Curgenven 181 3
Michael Dunsmore 407 2
michael stones 365 2
Michelle Gillespie 411 2
mick kirkby-geddes 182 8
Mick Ward 409 2
mike bickerdike 412 2
Mike Smith 408 2
Mike Wood 410 2
Mina Ahmed 413 2
miren aspinall 183 5
Miss jesvinder Takher 349 2
Mr Saqab Ahmad 475 2
NANCY PEARSON 419 2
Natalia Dolgova 416 2
Nazeerah Khatun/Jalal Abdin 220 2
NEIL COOPER-SMITH 185 3
Nicola Wiktorski 421 2
Nigel Brain 422 2
NINA BENSLEY 423 2
Norman Gath 424 2
Owen Phillips 186 4
Paddy Campbell 436 2
Pamela Lee 426 2
Pat Sabin 435 2
patricia bowditch 432 2
Patricia McDonald 434 2
Paul Allan-Smith 437 2
Paul Brown 438 2
Paul Butcher 439 2
Paul Gallagher 440 2
PAUL LAUGIER 187 3
Paul Muchan 188 Multiple
PAUL ROTHERY 189 Multiple
Paul Talbot-Greaves 190 4
Pauline Meade 191 3
Pauline Wiltshire 223 2
penny phillips 192 3
Pete Van-Zandt 444 2
Peter Fisher 443 2
Peter Miller 449 2
petra evison 445 2
Philip m newman 447 2
Pippa Ashworth 448 2
Purple Faye 450 2
Rachael Gorton 451 2
Rachael Lawrence 193 3
Rachel Knowles 452 2
Rachel smith 453 2
Ralph Shuttleworth 468 2
Richard Ashby 454 2
Richard Carter 455 2
Richard Gawthorpe
Richard Makin
112
456
4
2
ROBERT  J WOOD 197 3
Robert Forster 195 3
Robert Hardcastle 457 2
Robert Keighley 458 2
robert lees 196 Multiple
Rod Websdell 198 Multiple
Roger Pickup 460 2
Roger Simpson 199 4
Ronald Etherington 461 2
ROSALIND ANNIS 200 5
Rosalind Gascoyne 462 2
Rosalyn Porter 463 2
Rose Cuthbertson 464 2
Ross Moore 465 2
Roy Chilvers 466 2
Ruth Farrell 467 2
Ruth Foster 469 2
Ruth Gilbert 470 2
S HALL 362 2
S J Williams 204 4
Sally Brown 471 2
Samantha Jackman 472 2
Samuel Mortimer 473 2
Sandra McGarr 474 2
Sandra Stubbs 201 3
Sara Millican 511 2
Sara Milner 476 2
Sara Rudd 242 2
Sara Stabb 477 2
Sarah bates 478 2
Sarah Brelsford 377 2
Sarah Heath 427 2
Sarah Jones-morris 480 2
Sarah littlewood 481 2
Sarah Scruton 482 2
Sarah Stoker 184 Multiple
Sau Wan Chan 430 2
Shane Wogan 484 2
Sharon Smith 429 2
sharon taylor 485 2
Sheelagh Timm 486 2
Sheila Bibby 202 3
Sheila Spencer 203 Multiple
Shirley Waddington 487 2
Si Flatley 488 2
sofia cox 489 2
Stephen Jones 490 2
Stephen Todd 205 4
SUE ATKINSON 206 4
Sue Brennan 493 2
sue clay 208 4
Sue Finley 417 2
Sue Gibson 491 2
Sue Ibbotson 494 2
Sue Jenkins 207 Multiple
Sue McBurney 495 2
Sue Smith 492 2
Sue Ward 326 2
Susan Evans 209 Multiple
susan page 496 2
Susan Wilson 497 2
Suzanna Dale 498 2
suzanne mcquade 499 2
Sybil Burton 500 2
Sylvia Idle 501 2
Sylvia Jewell 502 2
Sylvia Mellor 210 4
Tanya Palmer 211 3
Therese Ward 503 2
Tillly Shaw
Timothy Copsey
433
504
2
2
Toby Walshaw 301 2
Tonie Rigby 505 2
Tony (Mark Smith) 399 2
Tony Spragg 507 2
Tony W Burton 506 2
Tony Whittaker 344 2
Tracey Ann Britton 509 2
Tracey Mawson 510 2
Trevor Ferguson 512 2
Trevor Pittaway 212 4
Tricia Callaghan 374 2
Ursula Finch 343 2
Valerie Carr 296 2
valerie smithson 513 2
Valérie Wartelle 213 3
Veronica Lee 214 Multiple
Vic Cruz 514 2
vicki Uttley 431 2
Vivien Heptinstall 515 2
Vivienne a brown 516 2
Wendy Constance 517 2
Wendy Ward 518 2
William Bradshaw 215 5
Zoe 228 2
zoe barber 520 2

 

Find out more about Holmfirth Artweek on their website holmfirthartweek.org.uk

 

Take care,

Till next time

Purple Faye x

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