Purple Faye art adventure: Lanzarote – January 2018

At the beginning of January this year (4th-18th 2018) I had a lovely couple of weeks in Lanzarote enjoying the sunshine. While there I was pleasantly surprised to find that near the apartments we were staying at there were lots of sculptures, and it looked like they were putting more up too.

Here’s a few of them:

There are a few free outdoor gymns near where we stayed which I had fun playing on and my boyfriend actually used properly.


We had a lovely view from our apartment


We made a couple of cat friends, we called them Derrick and Scabby Fluffycat

The swimming pool looked really inviting and refreshing but was absolutely freezing, so if you wanted to cool down it did the job very quickly but wasn’t so good for actually swimming in for very long.


It got a bit windy some of the days and the surfers came to the beach to make the most of the big waves the wind created.


We had a lovely relaxing time there and are already thinking about going again next year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos of some of the art from Lanzarote, hopefully next year I’ll have even more to show you.


Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x


Making of the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings. They are what I made as part of my demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week this year (which you can read more about here.)

The inspiration for them was the cute cats in the app game Neko Atsume (Cat Collector). I really liked how their simple design still looked cute. It reminded me of some of my earlier work where I gave the cats and dogs big cartoon eyes and I decideed that it was something that I wanted to return to.

Originally I was going to do a few in different poses, I am still going to do some more, but for the purpose of the demonstration I felt that I could show the process more effectively by having them in the same pose but with more subtle differences in size, texture and colour.

Last year when I did the demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week I showed the first few stages up to putting the modroc on but I didn’t do any painting, so this year I wanted to prepare some that were already at the painting stage so I would be able to demonstrate that part too.

My plan was to have one at each stage so that when people visited at different times of the day they would still be able to see the full process.

I started by drawing the basic outline of a cute cat on cardboard and cut it out, I then used this as a template to make the rest by drawing round it onto more pices of cardboard.

When it came to cutting these new cats out I’d change the shape slightly so each one would be slightly different then made them 3D in the same way by using more cardboard.

When I put the modroc on I gave each one a different texture using techniques such as scrunching, scoring and smoothing so that I could show what the modroc could do. I then left these to dry and sanded them before taking them to the demonstration.

If you would like to make one for yourself you can do so in a workshop with me at my studio in Pontefract, WF8 1PE (above Wetherspoons)

Contact info@purplefaye.co.uk

You can buy a kit from me directly, The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield or from my shops on etsy and folksy.



You can see videos of this on my youtube channel too youtube.com/purplefayecouk

I’m hoping to make some more 3D Acrylic Paintings of cute kitty cats with love heart noses soon.

What cat poses and colours should I do? Would you like to see more dogs and other animals done like this too?

Let me know in the comments below.


Take care,

Till next time.

Purple Faye x


Purple Faye’s DIY Cat Litter Tray Enclosure

I have 3 young (Dexter and Damien have just turned 2 and Naughty Norman turns 3 years old in June) boy cats. They are all house cats and don’t go outside so their litter trays get smelly pretty quickly. I’ve been managing to put up with it, my boyfriend less so, and after my sister showed off the litter tray enclosure that my dad had built her for her 2 boys my boyfriend said that he would make one for my 3. (That was in January)

Since then I’ve been clearing out the back bedroom that I had been using as my art studio (now I have my studio in Pontefract most of the stuff can be moved into there). Including the very big bits of MDF that I’d been using as a workbench and had previously been in my kitchen holding the oven before I ripped it all out and put my shiny purple kitchen in instead.

Now being the resourceful person that I am, and not liking to waste things by just throwing them away, I thought that since I didn’t really need the workbench anymore that they would be perfect to make a litter tray enclosure out of.

So rather than wait for my boyfriend to get round to making one when he got chance I decided that I’d use my big bits of MDF and see what I could come up with.

It’s not as good as the one that my dad made for my sister but I’m quite pleased with it anyway, and it didn’t cost me anything apart from the £6 for the catflap.

Now my house is less smelly and I’ve moved the big bits of MDF out of my back bedroom, win win.

The cats seem to like it too……


Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x