Making of Douglas and Oxo 3D acrylic painting doggy portraits by artist Purple Faye

A couple of years ago, when I was in the Artworld 2 Gallery in Wakefield, I got a commission to make 2 small 3D acrylic paintings of doggies called Douglas and Oxo. The lady who commissioned them chose the background colours she wanted plus as an extra request she wanted the names painted on the canvas too.

I took these pictures as I was making them to show the process of how they were progressing. I started by drawing each one on cardboard, working from the photos she had sent to my phone. I then cut out the cardboard and sculpted it into layers to make the drawings 3D. Next I put modroc on to add texture and provide a solid base so then I could paint them with acrylic paints.

When she came to collect them from me at the gallery she was delighted with them. If you would like me to make a 3D acrylic painting of your dog or anything else then email

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye


How I made the Pontefract “Buttercross and St Giles Church” 3D Acrylic Painting

Here’s how I made the Pontefract “Buttercross and St Giles Church” 3D Acrylic Painting

Here’s a video of it, on my youtube channel:

About the Pontefract Buttercross and St Giles Church 

The focal point of Pontefract town centre, in the market place, is the Buttercross, which was built in 1734.

As the inscription on the south side states, the Buttercross was “Erected by Mrs Elizabeth Dupier, relict of Solomon Dupier, gentleman, in a cheerful and generous compliance with his benevolent intention, 1734”

When first constructed, the Buttercross had a flat roof surrounded by a balustrade but this was replaced by the present hipped roof at a cost of £46-3-10d during August and September 1763. Such covered market crosses were common during the eighteenth century but the Buttercross is a much more substantial structure than most others and is unusual in its rectangular plan. It continued to fulfil its original function as a market shelter for farmers wives with their baskets of dairy produce well into the 20th century but other more extraordinary transactions have taken place at the Buttercross during its existence such as wife selling.

Behind the Buttercross is situated St. Giles Church, which was built in the first few years of the 12′h century as a chapel-of-ease to All Saints’ Church, but due to the ruin of All Saints, Saint Giles became the Parish Church in 1789.

The Grade II listed building with its unique octagonal tower visible for miles around, proclaims the Glory of God to the people of Pontefract and its many visitors.

There has been some sort of religious building on the site since at least the 12th Century, although today’s building is generally associated with Georgian architecture.

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Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x



The first ever 3D Acrylic Paintings by Purple Faye

“Scarab beetles”

3D Acrylic Paintings by Purple Faye

Aprox 60cm square (left) and aprox 20cm square maquette (right)

Image Depth 20mm
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, built up with cardboard and modroc

3D Acrylic painting made up of layers of cardboard, covered with modroc (plaster of paris in bandage) then painted with acrylic paint with oil pastel on top.

Made in June 2000 (aprox)

These were the second set of 3D Acrylic Paintings (main finished painting plus maquette) that I ever made.  Made while I was at Brayton High School (1995-2000) for my GCSE Art coursework and final piece. They have the added element of oil pastels used on top of the paint.

(The first 3D Acrylic painting that I actually made was sold to my high school headteacher before I finished to go to college and unfortunatley I didn’t have the forsight to take a picture of it back then.)

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