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.

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


Kits: “Make Your Own” 3D Acrylic Painting

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into beautiful 3D Acrylic Paintings


Each kit includes modroc, cardboard, blank canvas and instructions

How to order: email  which size + how many


These are the kits that I’ve been working on, let me know what you think.

Take Care

Purple Faye x



Kit Instructions

I wrote a blog post earlier this year about working on my “Make Your Own” Kits, if you haven’t read it yet you can do so here.

I’ve been working on the instructions to go in them, this is what I’ve got so far, if you have any suggestions of things to add/change etc then please let me know.


Purple Faye’s 3D Acrylic Painting

  • Tactile – Sculptural – Unique –

 Kit Instructions

 Suitable for: Beginners of all ages

(Children should be supervised)

Approx time to make: 3hr

(Not including drying time)


What you will need:

  • Blank canvas (included)
  • Cardboard

1 sheet for the main image and 1 for the layers (included)

  • Modroc (included)
  • Pencil (not included)
  • Scissors ((not included)
  • PVA/Craft Glue (not included)
  • Water (not included)
  • Sand Paper (optional, not included)
  • Paint Brushes (not included)
  • Paints of your choice (not included)

How to Make:

  1. Draw

Draw out your design onto the cardboard.

(Think about how big to make it in relation to the canvas so it’s not too big and doesn’t fit on or too small that you can hardly see it and it’s fiddly to cut out (unless you want them to be like that)

  1. Cut

Cut all along the outside edge of your design.

Decide which bits of your image are going to be made more 3D and cut these sections out of the main image.

Use the cut out bits as a template to make more of the same shape to layered up on top of each other.

(For example if you were making a 3D painting of a dog you could make the head more 3D than the rest by cutting the head away from the body, drawing round the cut out head shape onto another bit of cardboard then cutting that out so you then have 2 head shaped bits of cardboard to use.

This can be repeated as many times as you want so you get the desired thickness. )

NOTE: You may need to get more cardboard if you choose to do more layers than the provided cardboard will allow. The modroc included may not cover it all if the layers go too high so please keep this in mind.


Stick your cut out cardboard pieces together then stick it all onto the blank canvas.

NOTE: You may want to try positioning it on the canvas before you put the glue on so you’re happy with where it’s going to go.


Once the glue is dry lay the dry modroc over the top of the cardboard image to make sure it will fit.

Cut any overlapping modroc down to size, but keep in mind that the modroc will shrink slightly once it’s been put in water.

Dunk the modroc in the water for a few seconds, wring out some of he water then place the wet modroc back over the cardboard.

Rub the modroc to spread it smoothly over the cardboard.

If you have any off cuts use these to fill any gaps round the sides.


Leave the modroc to dry completely.

(It should change colour from greyish to white as it dries)

When it doesn’t feel damp to the touch it’s ready to be painted.

NOTE: You may want to gently sand down the dry modroc to get the finish that you require


Choose what paints you want to use, I like to use acrylics, and paint your masterpiece

NOTE: You may want to varnish it once the paint has had enough time to dry but it isn’t necessary to do this.

I’d love to see what you’ve made

Email me a picture to


Show me on social media:


Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest – purplefayeuk


What do you think? Anything I’ve missed or could do better?

I really appreciate your feedback so let me know 🙂

Till next time,

Take care,

Purple Faye x

Working on my “Make Your Own” Kits

The “make your own” 3D Acrylic Painting kits were something that came about after I’d done a few craft fairs when I was just starting out. People were asking how I made my paintings 3D and were interested in trying out the technique for themselves when I explained it to them.

After a bit of experimenting I came up with some basic kits that I could take along with me to the next fairs that I had booked in. To my delight I actually sold some, so that meant I finally covered the cost of being there. Yay!

I’ve not really been doing many fairs recently but it’s something that I want to try again. Before I do though I want to get my kits polished to a higher quality.

Currently I’m at the research stage, looking for quality packing materials that I can get for the right price. I’ll keep you updated with how I’m getting on with this…..

Till next time,

Take Care

Purple Faye x