Artist Purple Faye Moving back into Pontefract Studio

If you missed my newsletter earlier this this month then you may have missed my exciting news. ( You can sign up to get my monthly newsletter here)

I’m pleased to say that I’m going to be moving back into the first floor office space in Pearl Assurance House in Pontefract (above the Wetherspoons). I’m hoping to be moving in at the beginning of October and then I’ll be able to stay on a month by month basis as the space is still on the market so I get a month’s notice when I need to move out.

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to stay there until Christmas at least but we’ll just have to wait and see.

This will be the 3rd time I’ve been able to use this space, the first time I was in one of the smaller rooms (which you can read about here) and the second time I was able to use the big room but unfortunately I was only there for a few months (which you can read about here).

Both times I just used the space as a studio that people were able to come visit when I held open days or if they made an appointment. I also did workshops there too which were again by appointment only.

This time however I’m wanting to use the space more like the time when I had the use of an empty shop in Castleford (which you can read about here) but on a bigger scale with lots of other artists and makers work on display there for sale too alongside mine.

I’ll still use it as a studio to make new work and to display my work in, so people can pop in to see what I’m working on and how I make my 3D acrylic paintings, they can also commission me to make them their very own 3D acrylic painting and to do workshops with me to make their own 3D pictures.

The plan is for it to be more like a gallery/arts and crafts shop open to the public so they can buy directly from me and all the other artists/makers work that will be there too, I’m also hoping to put on some special one off events and offers in the run up to Christmas (if I’m still able to use the space then) to try and encourage footfall. As it’s on the first floor and there aren’t any ramps or lifts it isn’t ideal for accessability so I’m going to try and do my best to overcome these somehow.

At the moment (Thursday 19th September 2019) I’m waiting to get the keys and start moving in. Then I can contact artists/makers to invite them to join me.

If you are (and/or know) an artist/maker that would like to have your work on display for sale in this space then please get in touch purplefaye.co.uk/contact  (all arts and crafts are welcome).

 

(These photos are from when I was there last time)

I’ll let you know once I get the keys and all systems are go.

 

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How to make your own Love Hearts 3D picture like artist Purple Faye.

Earlier this year I took part in Holmfirth Artweek artist demonstrations, 7th-13th July 2019, this time I showed you how to make your very own Love Hearts 3D picture using one of my kits. This is one of my more simple but effective designs which would be ideal for an absolute beginner to make.

 

In the pictures below you can see how I used the template included in the kit to draw out the cardboard layers (the instructions included in the kit tell you which bits you need to cut out), these were then stuck together on the canvas and left to dry.

Next I cut the dry modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in) to size before I dunked it in a water and PVA/craft glue solution, wrung out the water and spread it out on top of the cardboard love hearts.

This is the stage that the kit gets you too, you then need to leave it to dry. (Mine had from Friday afternoon until Saturday morning in warm temperatures, yours may need longer or you may need to use a hairdryer to help speed things up a bit.)

While you’re waiting for it to dry you can get your paints ready that you’re going to use. I use acrylic paints and all I needed for this was black, white and red (I mixed the pink colour myself using the red and white). I started by painting the large heart in red, I then mixed my pink and used that on the smaller heart once the red was dry. Once the pink was dry I used white to add the highlights in the corners (as shown on the template) and then finished it off with a black background.

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If you have already bought one of my kits thank you, if you haven’t got one yet but would like to then they are available from my etsy shop here or you can contact me directly here.

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

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How artist Purple Faye made the ‘Theo + Dumbo’ 3D acrylic painting

I’ve made a few name signs simialar in style to this in the past but it’s not something that I make much of now. But Theo’s special day was coming up and I wanted to make him something to commemorate it.

I started by drawing out the shapes for the letters, I used the first letter to help me make the rest in the same style and proportions, I then losely positioned them on the canvas to help me gauge how big to make the Dumbo to go alongside.

Next I sketched out a few different sized Dumbos on paper before selecting the one that I felt fitted best with the letters, I then used this paper drawing as a template to cut out the shapes I needed to make it 3D out of cardboard.

Once I was happy with the positioning of the cardboard on the canvas I then stuck it down and left it to dry.

After the glue had dried I could then start cutting out the dry modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) to the shapes that I needed to cover the cardboard and then dunking each one in water (with a bit of glue mixed in to help it stick) wringing it out and smoothing it over the top of the cardboard until it was all thoroughly covered.

This was then left to dry before I could begin to paint it with acrylic paints.

I started by painting the Dumbo a light grey, then painted in the details, I then painted the whole of the background including the letters a light blue colour and added some white clouds to make it look like Dumbo was flying in the sky. I made the letters white so they stood out against the blue and added to the cloud effect, I felt like they didn’t quite stand out enough just white so I then added some silver highlights and a black outline which I think finished it off nicely.

I don’t have many of these sized canvases left but if you would like me to make you a 3D acrylic painting then contact me.

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye 5th time at Holmfirth Artweek (7th – 13th July 2019)

In my previous blog post I told you about taking in day for this years Holmfirth Artweek and how I would be taking part in the artist demonstrations again for my 5th year, helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you’d like to find out more about Holmfirth Artweek you can do so in that blog post.

It was my 5th year exhibiting in the main exhibition at the Civic Hall and I was hoping that this year would be the year that I finally sell one pof my 3D acrylic paintings there. However it was not to be, and I didn’t even sell one card in the market on the 3rd floor either.

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The good news is that I did manage to sell a couple of my cards and kits on the Friday I was there doing my demonstration and I did even better on the Saturday, so I was able to give £20 as my 20% commission on the cards and kits I sold then, which was a really nice feeling.

(I’ll show you what I made while I was there in a seperate blog post so you can see the whole process, read that here)

 

As Holmfirth Artweek is run entirely by volunteers I want to say a big thank you to them all for doing a such a good job at running things and a massive thank you to everyone who came along and helped us raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. I look forward to finding out what the final total is once they have added everything up.

And finally the biggest thank you to every single one of you that bought just a card or kit from me, your support really means the world and makes me so happy.

If you weren’t able to make it my cards and kits are available to buy from my etsy shop too.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2019 7th-13th July

On Sunday (3Oth June 2019) it was taking in day for Holmfirth Artweek 2019. This meant that all the artists taking part in the exhibition had from 2pm-6pm to bring their work to the Civic Hall where the main exhibition is held. Over the next week the volunteers will be busy putting everything up ready for the exhibition to open on Sunday the 7th of July at 10am.

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What is Holmfirth Artweek?

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan cancer support and is one of the UK’s biggest Art exhibitions, featuring over 400 artists with over 2000 pieces of artwork in Holmfirth Civic Hall.

The main exhibition is in Holmfirth Civic Hall across 3 floors, pieces available for sale in the exhibition can be bought at any time but can only be collected and taken away when the exhibition ends on Saturday the 13th July at 5pm. There is a market on the 2nd floor that does have smaller pieces along with cards/prints that are available to buy and take away immediately. There are also artist demonstrations throughout the day on the first floor stage where you can see how the artists make their work and will have pieces available for you to buy directly from them and take away immediately. The artists demonstrating will change each day and throughout the day too.

There are also dozens of fringe venues across the Holmfirth area holding their own events featuring arts and crafts at the same time. When you buy something from Holmfirth Artweek and the fringe venues at least 20% of the price you pay goes to Macmillan Cancer Support as well as supporting the artist.

Dates and Times

This year Holmfirth Artweek takes place from Sunday the 7th July until Saturday the 13th July.

Sunday 7th July 10am – 5pm

Monday-Friday 8th-12th July 10am – 9pm

Saturday 13th July 10am – 5pm (the market will close at 4pm)

Address: Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS

(Parking is available in the CO-OP car park just across the road from the Civic Hall)

Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek

This will be my 5th year taking part in Holmfirth Artweek and like all the previous years I have 2 of my 3D acrylic paintings in the exhibition, which I took along on Sunday, and I have a selection of smaller original paintings in the market on the 2nd floor along with some of my cards and framed cards.

I’ll also be taking part in the artist demonstrations again this year. I’ll be there all day on Friday 12th July 10am-9pm and all day on Saturday 13th July 10am-5pm too. I’ll be showing you how to make my elephant and lovehearts 3D picture kits which I’ll have with me available for immediate sale along with the rest of my kits, cards and original 3D acrylic paintings.

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If you can make it along it’d be great to see you and say hi.

Together we can help raise fund for Macmillan Cancer Support.

All the best.

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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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 to make your own Cat 3D picture like artist Purple Faye.

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

Here is how I made the original Cat 3D acrylic painting.

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 Cat 3D picture then you can see how I used acrylic paint to paint 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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