In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make your own Christmas decorations mini 3D pictures like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic paintings, using the ‘Make Your Own Christmas Decorations 3D Picture Kits’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.
First, you need to buy the kit/s here
Your kit/s contains step-by-step instructions to talk you through the cardboard and modroc stages of making your Christmas decorations mini 3D pictures. However, as the kits don’t contain paints I don’t go into any detail as to how you might like to paint them.
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 paintings that the kits are based on.
I start by drawing the design directly onto a 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, following my instructions.
Next I cut out the design that I’ve drawn on the cardboard, as these are so small I keep it simple and use the one piece of cardboard, so once the design is cut out of the cardboard I can stick it straight onto the blank canvas and leave it to set.
The next stage is applying the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) over the cardboard on the canvas.
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 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 gold, red, yellow, white, green, black, orange brown and metallic purple.
Red, white, orange, black and metallic purple for the snowman and candy cane.
Gold, yellow, white, green, brown, red and metallic purple for the Christmas tree and star.
I started with the snowman and candy cane by painting them white, once as the base coat to seal the modroc and then another top coat to make sure it was fully covered. Next I used the black to paint in the snowman’s eyes, mouth and buttons, a bit of orange for his nose and red for his scarf. I used the red to paint in the stripes on the candy cane and finished them both with the metallic purple for the background.
I started with the Christmas tree and star by painting the tree green and the star yellow. I then painted gold over the yellow and used a bit of white to add some lighter highlights to the edges. Next I used the brown on the tree trunk and red to add some baubles, gold was used for the top of the tree and to add tinsel. I finished them both by using the metallic purple for the background.
So now you know how to make your own Christmas decorations mini 3D pictures like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic paintings, using the ‘Make Your Own Christmas Decorations 3D Picture Kits’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.
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