How artist Purple Faye made the commisisoned Spitfire 3D acrylic painting

As it’s coming up to Fathers Day on the 16th on June I thought I’d show you how I made this 3D acrylic painting that was commissioned as a Fathers day gift a few years ago, while I was in my shop in Castleford.

This Spitfire is the actual model, MK11A P8098/PRZ Enfield Spitfire, that his father used to make. He wanted it to be based on the image that he had in his book that had all the different Spitfire models in to use, which is why it looks the way it does. A flat diagram/illustration made into a painting rather than an actual 3D plane.

The customer chose to have it made on a 16x20inch canvas (approx 30x40cm) so I started by selecting a piece of cardboard that would suit being used on a canvas of that size. I was a bit concerned about it being a long thin shape getting lost in the large space of the canvas but after some tests I managed to make it work and began to draw out the design onto the cardboard.

I drew quite a lot of the details in, more than I really needed to at this stage but I wanted to make sure that it would all look ok at that size, not too squashed or out of proportion, before I got further along in the process.

Once I was happy with the outline design I could then start to think about how to make it 3D. I started by cutting out the main outline and then used some of the offcuts to make certain areas more 3D than others by layering it up. The main body has 2 layers then the closest front and back wings and cockpit got another layer to make them stand out further from the main body. So overall there are 3 layers of cardboard making this 3D acrylic painting.

Once the cardboard had been stuck together onto the blank canvas I then put the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) on top. I cut it to shape first when it was dry then dunked it into a water and PVA/craft glue solution to help it stick onto the cardboard. Once it was fully wet I then wrung the excess water out and placed it on top of the cardboard, smoothing it out so it covered it fully. (It wouldn’t look like metal if it had a fluffy texture like a dog or highland cow). Any little gaps around the sides I filled with small pieces of modroc.

After the modroc had been left to dry completely I gave it a sand down to give myself a smooth surface to paint on, quick wipe down to remove the dust and then the painting with acrylic paints could begin. Starting with a dark green for the base coat then starting to paint the markings in, gradually building up the details, adding the shadows and highlights then finally a light blue background as selected by the customer.

 

When the customer came in to collect the piece they were very happy with it, the smile on their face was so great to see and made me smile too, it’s such a lovely feeling seeing how much someone likes what I’ve made.

If seeing this has given you an idea for a 3D acrylic painting you’d like me to make you, either for yourself or to give as a gift for someone else then get in touch.

Take a look on my etsy shop at my selection of Fathers Day cards available to buy now.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

 

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

Here’s how I made my ‘Medium Daffodil’ 3D acrylic painting. (I also made the ‘Smaller Daffodil’ at the same time as I made this, which you can see the making of in a separate blog post here.)

I started by getting a cardboard box and cutting out a piece that was roughly the same size as the blank canvas I was going to use. I then drew the daffodil design freehand onto the cardboard, using some photographs as a reference.

Once the drawing was complete I cut out all along the outside of the main daffodil shape and all around the head of the flower. I then placed the stem shape onto the blank canvas and laid the flower head shape on top of it so that the two overlapped. I created a more 3D effect by wedging some offcuts of cardboard underneath one side of the flower head shape and made a ring shape to go in the middle of the flower head shape too.

All the cardboard layers were then stuck together and onto the blank canvas using PVA/craft glue, once the glue had dried I then covered the cardboard design with modroc (plaster of Paris impregnated bandages) which again was left to dry before I could start painting it with acrylic paints.

Originally I was going to make it a yellow daffodil but once I’d tried it I decided that the ‘Smaller Daffodil’ looked better yellow and that white and orange would be more effective with this ‘Medium Daffodil’. Once I had painted the stem green I painted the background a dark purple (as it’s a complimentary colour to the orange and green) and the dark colour should help the white stand out better. However once it had dried I felt like it wasn’t quite working so I tried adding the lighter colour to help it all pop and was happy with the result.

The finished piece is available to buy now from my etsy shop.

Don’t forget to get 10% off in my etsy shop by getting the discount code here.

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Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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

In October I showed how I made the Halloween inspired 3D acrylic painting ‘Raven’. While I was making that one I also made this companion piece which was inspired by Christmas, ‘Robin’. Both the birds use the same blue background on the same size canvas, 12×12 inches square, so they sit side by side nicely.

You can see how I made the ‘Raven’ in the blog post I wrote about it here.

Here’s how I made the Robin:

I started by drawing out the design onto the piece of cardboard that I had already cut to the size of the canvas I was going to use, 12×12 inches square. I then cut it out and used more cardboard to create the layers. After sticking all the cardboard pieces together and sticking it onto the blank canvas I then put the modroc (plaster of Paris bandages) on top, scoring lines in to create texture where necessary. Once the modroc was dry I then painted it with acrylic paints. Starting with a mid grey for the base coat and then adding in the shading and details.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. If you would like to commission your own 3D acrylic painting to be made for you then get in touch at here.

You can try the technique for yourself using one of my kits available to buy from my online shop.

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Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How to make your Christmas Decoration 3D Pictures like artist Purple Faye

Thank you for buying one of my kits to make your own Christmas Decoration 3D Picture.

Here is how I made the original Christmas Decoration 3D acrylic paintings.

When making your kit you don’t have to worry about drawing your own design as I have already done this for you in the form of the template. So all you need to do is use the template and follow the instructions that I included with the kit.

If you’d like some ideas of how to paint your Christmas Decorations 3D pictures then you can see how I used acrylic paint to paint each of mine below.

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If you require any more help/advice then please contact me.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Bye Bye Big Studio in Pontefract

On Friday the 13th October 2017 I gave the keys back to my big studio in Pontefract Pearl Assurance House.

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I only got the keys on Friday the 10th of June 2017 but unfortunatley the lease was only on a monthly basis and the Landlord had given us notice. (He’s sold the space to someone else to use as a gymn, even though there’s already a gymn on the floor above, but there we go.)

I moved out of the smaller room there in Februrary 2017, which you can read about here, and I was enjoying being back. Especially as I had so much room this time.

One of the first things I did on moving in was remove most of the green and pink covers off the lights, this was a more fiddly job than I thought it was going to be but was worth doing. It made the space look brighter and made it easier to see my work at the correct colour.

I was quite busy doing events elsewhere during the short time that I had this studio, Holmfirth Artweek,  Artist Demo for Wakefield Art Club and Wakefield Artwalk and the Exhibition at the Theatre Royal Wakefield (read about each by clicking the highlighted titles)

You can also see videos of these on my youtube channel here.

So this meant that for a lot of the time I was moving things in and out as I needed to, it still took a couple of days to get packed up and moved out by the key hand in day though.

I would like to say a big thank you to Axisweb for giving me the opportunity to be there, even for the short time I was, and even though I’m not actively looking for a new studio at the moment if something does become available I would consider it. Even another short lease because that usually means that it’s cheaper than something more perminant.

For the time being I’m back in the spare bedroom at home, which needs a bit more organisation as it’s a much much smaller space but I was still using it as a studio to do bits at home at the same time as having the bigger space in Pontefract anyway, so I know I can make it work.

I’ll let you know if I decide to move into another studio space.

Till then,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Pontefract Artist Purple Faye at Wakefield Westgate Studios: Demo and Artwalk

On Tuesday 25th July 2017 I performed a demonstration of how I make my 3D acrylic paintings for Wakefield Art Club. Lasting for 2 hours, from 7pm-9pm with a 15min tea break interval half way through, I started by showing them the process of drawing the design on the cardboard, then cutting it out and layering it to make it 3D. Next I showed them how I use modroc to cover the cardboard and create texture. I was making a Highland cow so I could show several techniques of manipulating the modroc to make different textures. The modroc needed more than 15mins to dry in the interval so I’d fetched along one that I’d prepared earlier so I could show them the next stage of painting it with acrylic paint.

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I really enjoyed it, and I had lots of nice comments saying that the audience enjoyed it too. so if anyone else would like me to come to your art club etc to show how I make my 3D acrylic paintings then please get in touch.

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I can also do workshops too so you can try it for yourself.

When I arrived at Wakefield Westgate Studios, where the demonstration was taking place, I was let in by the owner Carl Hardwick. He told me that there was an empty studio available for the Artwalk taking place the next day if I wanted to use it.

Even though it was a bit late notice, less than a day away, I had fetched quite a lot of my work to show at the demonstration  so I could leave it in the studio overnight. This was really helpful and meant I had less things to fetch and carry the next day.

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Wakefield Artwalk takes place every other month, January March May July September November, on the last Wednesday of that month. Lots of different venues are involved, but not all the venues take place in every one, showing a variety of different art exhibitions, open studios, talks and much more. You can see previous Artwalk outings in my blog posts about them here, here and here or type artwalk into the search bar.

I was pleased with how I got the studio looking in a short space of time and I had lots of nice comments from the visitors that came in. I even had a couple of enquiries about workshops and demonstrations and was able to do some more research into what templates people would like to see for my make your own 3D picture kits too.

So overall a productive and successful couple of days.

Let me know in the comments below what you would like me to make a template of so you can make your own 3D picture.

I look forward to seeing what you put.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Moving out of my Pontefract Studio

Sadly I’ve now moved out of my studio in Pontefract (you can the read the blog post about when I moved in here). I say sadly because I can’t help getting sad when things like this come to an end, but I’m still excited and feeling positve about moving on and making my new studio at home work for me.

The plan is to make it better than before and will meet my current needs even better than my studio in Pontefract did. Not to mention the saving on the cost of rent too.

I still have my work in The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield (14 Northgate, WF1 3AA near the bullring and Trinity Walk Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm)  which has helped with the decrease in space I now have to store my work. It also means that there is still a physical place where people can go to see and buy my work in person too.

Here are some pictures showing the taking down, packing up and moving out process, once I get my new home studio sorted out I’ll show you how that’s looking too.

If you follow me on social media there’ll be pics of how it’s progressing.

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Here’s a final video I shot having one last look round once it was empty, just before I shut the door and left my studio for the very last time.

Don’t worry this is not the end, just the beginning of the next chapter.

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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