How to Make Your Own Mermaid 3D Picture like artist Purple Faye’s Original 3D Acrylic Painting

In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make your own mermaid 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own Mermaid 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

First, you need to buy the kit here

Your kit contains step-by-step instructions to talk you through the cardboard and modroc stages of making your mermaid 3D picture. However, as the kits don’t contain paints I don’t go into any detail as to how you might like to paint it. You can enjoy making it up for yourself but just in case you’d like some guidance here’s how I made the original 3D acrylic painting that the kits are based on.

I started by drawing the mermaid design directly onto the piece of cardboard, you have the design already drawn for you by me in the form of the template, so all you need to do is cut it out and use that. I then cut out the design and made another layer for the face, it’s just another piece of cardboard cut into a circle the same as the one in the original design, and raised the end of the tail by drawing round it onto another piece of card and placing it underneath the original.

I used the rounded end of a pencil to push in the eyes, then stuck it all down onto the blank canvas with PVA/craft glue and left it to dry.

It is this stage that makes them really 3D but because it’s cardboard it isn’t as heavy as people think it will be when they think it’s solid plaster being used.

The next stage was to apply the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) over the cardboard layers. I did this by getting my piece of modroc and cutting it to the rough shape of what I needed, keeping in mind that it shrinks when wet so it’d need to be a bit bigger plus have some overlap to go round the edges too. I cut it when it’s dry as it’s easier to cut when it’s dry rather than wet. Plus once it gets wet that’s it you have to use it, so if you don’t need to use it all then you can’t save any offcuts for later.

I wet the modroc by filling a container (an old Tupperware dish) with cold water (using cold water slows down the setting time so you have longer to use it, warm water speeds it up) and a squirt of PVA/craft glue then dunking each piece of cut out modroc separately to try and reduce the amount of scrunching up in the water.

When removing the modroc from the water I try to wring out as much water as I can without distorting the shape too much. I then place it on top of the cardboard and start to smooth it out so it covers all the area that I need it to. I continue to do this until the whole cardboard shape is completely covered. Finally I use two small squares of modroc to make the shell bra by rolling them into a ball when wet then smushing them into place. Then I leave it to dry.

When the modroc is setting and still wet it looks a lightish grey colour and gets more white the drier it gets. I try to leave mine overnight at least to make sure it’s fully dry, it dries faster the warmer it is so if you wanted to speed up the process you can use a hairdryer on it.

Once it’s dry I give mine a quick sand with some fine sandpaper, just to get rid of any rough bits, then I start to paint it with acrylic paints. You can use whatever paints you have available though. For this one I used white, red (to mix pink), orange, yellow, green, blue, black and silver.

I started by painting the whole of the mermaid white, once as the base coat to seal the modroc and then another top coat to make sure it was fully covered. Next I painted the face, arms and torso pink, the hair orange and then once it was dry painted in yellow highlights. I painted the tail turquoise, by mixing the green with a bit of blue and white, then added a bit more blue to the mix to paint in the scales. White was used for the eyes, necklace and shell bra, with silver for the shell bra details.

Next was black for the eyes, nose, mouth and bellybutton and a bit of red/pink for the blush cheeks. Finally, I mixed a light blue to paint the canvas background with.

So now you know how to make your own mermaid 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own mermaid 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

Enjoy making your kit and if you do get stuck contact me for help.

Find me on social media:

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Purple Faye x

How to Make Your Own Ballerina 3D Picture like artist Purple Faye’s Original 3D Acrylic Painting

In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make your own Ballerina 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own Ballerina 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

First, you need to buy the kit here

Your kit contains step-by-step instructions to talk you through the cardboard and modroc stages of making your ballerina 3D picture. However, as the kits don’t contain paints I don’t go into any detail as to how you might like to paint it. You can enjoy making it up for yourself but just in case you’d like some guidance here’s how I made the original 3D acrylic painting that the kits are based on.

I started by drawing the ballerina design directly onto the piece of cardboard, you have the design already drawn for you by me in the form of the template, so all you need to do is cut it out and use that. I cut out the cardboard design, created an extra layer for the face and tutu, and used the rounded end of a pencil to make the eyes by pressing into the cardboard.

I pressed down on the hair, legs and arms to squash them, so they didn’t stand out as far in certain places, I also ran the rounded end of the pencil round the sides of the outline, to squash them down a bit too. Finally, I stuck it all down onto the blank canvas with PVA/craft glue and left it to dry.

It is this stage that makes them really 3D but because it’s cardboard it isn’t as heavy as people think it will be when they think it’s solid plaster being used.

The next stage was to apply the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) over the cardboard layers. I did this by getting my piece of modroc and cutting it to the rough shape of what I needed, keeping in mind that it shrinks when wet so it’d need to be a bit bigger plus have some overlap to go round the edges too. I cut it when it’s dry as it’s easier to cut when it’s dry rather than wet. Plus once it gets wet that’s it you have to use it, so if you don’t need to use it all then you can’t save any offcuts for later.

I wet the modroc by filling a container (an old Tupperware dish) with cold water (using cold water slows down the setting time so you have longer to use it, warm water speeds it up) and a squirt of PVA/craft glue then dunking each piece of cut out modroc separately to try and reduce the amount of scrunching up in the water. When removing the modroc from the water I try to wring out as much water as I can without distorting the shape too much. I then place it on top of the cardboard and start to smooth it out so it covers all the area that I need it to. I continue to do this until the whole cardboard shape is completely covered. To add some texture to the tutu I add some more modroc, on top of the piece that I’ve smoothed over the cardboard, and scrunch it up to create wrinkles then I leave it to dry.

When the modroc is setting and still wet it looks a lightish grey colour and gets more white the drier it gets. I try to leave mine overnight at least to make sure it’s fully dry, it dries faster the warmer it is so if you wanted to speed up the process you can use a hairdryer on it.

Once it’s dry I give mine a quick sand with some fine sandpaper, just to get rid of any rough bits, then I start to paint it with acrylic paints. You can use whatever paints you have available though. For this one I used white, red (to mix pink), dark brown, orange brown, silver, blue and black.

I started by painting the whole of the ballerina white, once as the base coat to seal the modroc and then another top coat to make sure it was fully covered. Next I painted the face, arms and legs pink, painted the hair first with the dark brown then added orange brown highlights once it had dried. I then used white to paint in the shoes, hairband, eyes, necklace and straps for the dress. I used the silver on top of the white on the tutu, shoes and straps then added the face details with black and a bit of pink on the cheeks. Finally, I mixed a light blue to paint the canvas background with.

So now you know how to make your own ballerina 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own ballerina 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

Enjoy making your kit and if you do get stuck contact me for help.

Find me on social media:

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Instagram: instagram.com/purplefaye_art

Purple Faye x

How artist Purple Faye made the original ‘Eevee’ and ‘Pikachu’ Pokemon inspired 3D acrylic paintings

I’ve been a fan of Pokemon for a long time and I’ve been playing Pokemon Go since it came out in 2016.

I’ve been thinking about maing some fan art of it for a while but I’ve only just started making some now. I’ve started with Pikachu and Eeeve because they are the first starters in the switch game Pokemon Let’s Go (plus I’ve always liked those two characters too).

Here’s how I made them both into 3D acrylic paintings starting with the drawing on cardboard, cutting the cardboard out into layers which I then stuck together and covered with modroc (plaster of Paris in bandages) and painted with acrylic paint once the modroc was dry.

This is the ‘Eevee’:

and this is the ‘Pikachu’:

Do you have a favourite Pokemon that you’d like to see me make into a 3D acrylic painting?

I’d love to know what your favourite (or favourites are if you can’t choose just one)

Let me know here.

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Any questions then please ask using the link above too.

 

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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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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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 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