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

I’d been making a series of animal 3D acrylic paintings, along with making pet portraits, because I like animals. I’d made two different macaws but I wanted to do some more birds to try out some different ways of making feather textures.

It was coming up to Halloween so I was inspired by that to make a raven, which gave me the idea to pair it with a Christmas inspired bird piece too in the form of a robin. (One of my favourite films is the Nightmare Before Christmas so that’s why I had the idea to pair uo Halloween with Christmas). You can see the making of the ‘Robin’ 3D acrylic painting here.

I started the process in my usual way of selecting a piece of cardboard and cutting it to the size of the canvas I wanted to use. I then used photographs as reference to freehand draw the design onto the cardboard.

Next I cut all along the outside of the drawing, making the 3D layers with more cardboard, and sticking it all together onto the blank canvas.

Once the layers had been cut out and stuck down 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 started to paint it with acrylic paints. First using black for the 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 and help it to stand out even more.

 

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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 too.

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Contact me here.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

How Artist Purple Faye Made the Highland Cow 3D Acrylic Paintings at Holmfirth Artweek Artist Demonstrations 6th &7th July 2018

This year I took part in the artist demonstrations at Holmfirth Artweek on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of July. It was my 4th year of doing this, you can see my previous posts about being there here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

I decided to work on some of the Highland cows that I have been making at previous artist demonstrations that I’ve been taking part in. I had 3 at 3 different stages, modroc stage, base coat paint stage and more painting stage.

I worked on the smaller one first as that had the least amount of work to do to it.

I then worked on the one that had a base coat of paint on. Buliding up the layers of paint, mainly using brown, orange, yellow, white and a bit of black for the nostrils. I then mixed up a light green for the background.

 

I ran out of time to paint the one that was at the modroc stage, so that can save for when I do another demonstration.

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If you are one of the people that have one of my “Make Your Own 3D Picture Highland Cow Kits” then hopefully you have found this helpful when you come to paint yours.

If you do need any help email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

I’m going to be posting some more blogs showing how I made the other original 3D acrylic paintingss that my kits are based on. So look out for those.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Artist Demonstration at Holmfirth Artweek 2018

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support held at the beginning of July from Sunday to Saturday. (1st to the 7th this year). It is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions, featuring over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks. The main exhibition is held in Holmfirth Civic Hall and there are dozens of fringe venues across the local area which have thousands more works of art and craft on show.

This was my 4th year taking part, you can read my blog posts from previous years here: 2017, 2016, 2015, and as in previous years I had two of my 3D acrylic paintings in the main exhibition and I also did an artist demonstration there too.

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Taking in day was on Sunday the 24th of June 2pm-6pm and all the volunteers who run Holmfirth Artweek did a brilliant job of organising it so it all went smoothly. I took along my “Yorkies” and “Panda Mother and Cub’ 3D acrylic paintings.

I also took along some of my cards and framed prints to sell in the market on the second floor there too.

My artist demonstrations took place on the Friday and Saturday (6th and 7th, 10am-9pm and 10am-5pm) where I showed the process I use to make my original 3D acrylic paintings. I also had more originals with me along with cards, prints and hand made kits so you can try the technique for yourself.

 

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There were lots of other artists doing their own demonstrations too and it was really great to see how they make their own unique work.

This year for my artist demonstrations I worked on some 3D acrylic paintings of highland cows, again. I’ll write a seperate blog post about those so you can see more easily how I made them. And for those of you that bought a kit from me to make your own hopefully you’ll find it helpful.

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The demonstrations took place in the Civic Hall where the main exhibition was, in the main room on the stage at the back, so we had a nice view of the exhibition from above.

You may have spotted my two 3D acrylic paintings hung up in the last picture, in amongst all the other lovely things. This year they were right at the front of the exhibition, just as you walked in the main doorway, which was actually the other side to where they were hung in the exhibition the year before.
Sadly this year I didn’t get any red dots, which means that they have sold, but I did sell one of my unicorn cards in the market and I sold lots of kits as part of my artist demonstrations. So I look forward to seeing how they all turn out.
If anyone does get stuck let me know and I’ll do my best to help you and if you didn’t have chance to buy a kit from me but would like to then let me know as I’m in the process of making more which I’ll be putting on my etsy shop very soon (if they last that long).
I hope you found this interesting and if any artists out there would like to know more about entering the exhibition or doing demonstrations at next year’s Holmfirth Artweek let me know and I can tell you how to do that.
Till next time,
take care.
Purple Faye x
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