How artist Purple Faye made the ‘Raven’ 3D acrylic painting

Here’s how I made my ‘Raven’ 3D acrylic painting.

I started by drawing out the design onto a piece of cardboard that I had already cut down to the size of the blank canvas I was going to use, in this case 12x12inches (305x305mm).

I then cut all along the outside of the drawing before making the 3D layers with more cardboard.

Once the layers had been cut out and stuck together 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 could paint it with acrylic paints. Starting with a black 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.

 

I made it as a celebration of Halloween to go with the companion piece ‘Robin’, which is a celebration of Christmas. I’ll show you how the “Robin’ was made in a separate blog post.

I think it could make a great gift for horror lovers, Emos, Goths and fans of Edgar Allan Poe. As you can see how it’s made  you can see that it’s a plastic free Halloween decoration, and one that you can have on your wall at home all year round if you want to.

This original artwork is currently available to buy from my etsy shop.

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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: etsy.com/uk/shop/purplefayeshop

Any questions or comments get in touch info@purplefaye.co.uk or message me on social media.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of the Teddies 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the original ‘Teddy’ and ‘Teddy 2’ 3D acrylic paintings.

I made these after I’d finished making a previous 3D acrylic painting for my boyfriend’s niece Eden. I was pleased with how the teddy came out on it so I wanted to try making some more. I decided to make a pair as I felt that they would look nice waving at each other side by side in a child’s bedroom. I chose neutral colours, creamy light yellow and greys so it would work with any colour scheme in a child’s bedroom, making it easier to give as a gift.

I used my usual technique for making my 3D acrylic paintings, starting with the drawing on cardboard. Even though I was making a pair that I wanted to be similar to each other, the nature of the technique means that they wouldn’t be identical. I drew the first one on cardboard and then cut it out. I then used this as a template by flipping it over so I could get the mirror image for the second one. I then created more subtle layers by overlapping certain areas to raise them slightly as well as making more dramatic layers with extra pieces of cardboard cut to shape for the nose and one foot. Once these were all stuck down in place on the canvas I used the modroc to create slight texture in the fur then I begun to paint them with acrylic paints once the modroc was dry.

 

If you’d like to buy these, either just one or the pair, they are still available, I also have embossed greetings cards available.

If you would like to make one for yourself let me know and I can put together a kit for you.

Leave a comment or email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How Artist Purple Faye Made the Highland Cow 3D Acrylic Paintings at Holmfirth Artweek Artist Demonstrations 6th &7th July 2018

This year I took part in the artist demonstrations at Holmfirth Artweek on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of July. It was my 4th year of doing this, you can see my previous posts about being there here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

I decided to work on some of the Highland cows that I have been making at previous artist demonstrations that I’ve been taking part in. I had 3 at 3 different stages, modroc stage, base coat paint stage and more painting stage.

I worked on the smaller one first as that had the least amount of work to do to it.

I then worked on the one that had a base coat of paint on. Buliding up the layers of paint, mainly using brown, orange, yellow, white and a bit of black for the nostrils. I then mixed up a light green for the background.

 

I ran out of time to paint the one that was at the modroc stage, so that can save for when I do another demonstration.

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If you are one of the people that have one of my “Make Your Own 3D Picture Highland Cow Kits” then hopefully you have found this helpful when you come to paint yours.

If you do need any help email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

I’m going to be posting some more blogs showing how I made the other original 3D acrylic paintingss that my kits are based on. So look out for those.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of the African Elephant 3D Acrylic Painting by artist Purple Faye

Here’s the step by step photos of how I made my 3D acrylic painting of an African Elephant.

I started by drawing it out on the cardboard, then cutting it out and laying it up to make it 3D. I then put the modroc on, using it to create the wrinkled texture. Once it had dried I then started painting it with acrylic paints. I started by painting the shadows so I could map out where they were going to be, I then painted over it all with a mid tone grey, the black was still slightly visible through the grey. It was then a case of painting in all the tones and details until I finally painted the background in a light peachy colour to compliment the warm grey tones of the elephant.

I painted this while I was in my pop up shop in Castleford in 2013, you can read more about my time there in the blog post I wrote about it here.

It was the first time I’d attempted doing anything like this on this scale and I was pleased with how it turned out. I’m still really proud of it which is why I use it on my promo material, leaflets, business cards, etc, as a way to show the process I use to make my 3D acrylic paintings.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of Sleeping Dexter 3D acrylic painting by Pontefract artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek Demonstration 2017

On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July 2017 I took part in the artist demonstrations at Holmfirth Artweek, which you can read more about here. I made four small 3D acrylic paintings while I was there, doing the cardboard and modroc stages on the first day then leaving them to dry and painting them on the second day.

This is one of the four that I made. ‘Sleeping Dexter’ working from a photograph of my cat Dexter that I had on my phone. I started by drawing directly on the cardboard, then cutting it out and overlapping the seperate pieces to make certain places stick out more than others. After the cardboard was stuck down with glue I then put the modroc on top.

The next day once the modroc was dry I started by painting white all over the cat shape, then the background a nice light purple. I then painted the rest of the details in. All the while talking to the people that came to see what I was doing.

The final 3D acrylic painting now has pride of place on my hallway wall along with the rest of my collection.

I’ll be showing the making of the other three paintings I made at Holmfirth Artweek soon, so keep a look out for them.

Don’t forget that if you would like to make your own 3D picture I have kits and do workshops.

Contact info@purplefaye.co.uk for more information.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Adventure: Great Yorkshire Show 2017

Last Thursday, 13th July 2017, I went to the last day of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show with my sister and my mum. Last year I went on my own, which you can read about here, and the year before that my sister came with me, read about that here. This year was the first time that I’ve been with my mum. I’m glad she could come this year, it’s grown a bit since she last came when she was still at school. It’s even changed since my sister last came 2 years ago as the new building with the food hall and other stalls has been built since then. And the flowers have their own building now too.

“The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s largest agricultural show. It’s held in Harrogate at the specially dedicated Great Yorkshire Showground. The first show was in 1837 and it’s been on every year since then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the beginning of July (usually the second week).

In 2012 it unfortunately had to be cancelled after one day due to weather conditions that made the car parks too muddy and unsafe to use.”

I’ve been going for quite a few years now, usually on the Thursday due to work plus I like going on the last day so you can get the food and flower bargains at the end of the day. There’s also quite a lot of free food samples to try, especially cheese, which are always welcome.

I usually enter via the green entrance as that’s the easiest one to get to in relation to which field I get parked in. It’s the one closest to the horses so we could look at them as we made our way to the cows for my sister. I’d bought our tickets from Morrisons a couple of weeks before so we didn’t have to queue to get in, not that there was much of one anyway, and it meant they were a bit cheaper too.

My sister loves cows, especially short horns, so as we made our way to the Gundog show we went to see the cows.

The traffic hadn’t been as bad as we thought it might have been so we got there with plenty of time before the Gundog show at 10:30am. So once we’d looked at all the cows, and baby cows, we went in some of the arts and crafts tents and then went to see the sheep.

It was then time for the Gundog show, where we could compare the trained Cocker Spaniels to our Sprockers, Jeffrey and Winter, and Springers, Spring and Summer.

Next was the Chris Slater artist demonstration so I left my mum and sister, they went to the food hall, and went over to where the demo would be taking place.

Chris Slater is a plein air, which means he works outside directly from the subject in the open air, landscape painter and for his demo he painted the scene outside the gallery building and demo tent in oil paint. I took some pics of the progress he made so you can see how it developed over the hour.

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It was a difficult scene so it was interesting to see how he tackled it. Once he’d finished I had a look round in the gallery and spoke to Lucy Fiona Morrison about her demonstration which was coming up next. I was really pleased that I was getting to see her demo this year as in previous years she’d done hers on the Tuesday or Wednesday so I’d not been able to see them. It was nice to have a catch up to see how she was doing too, her studio is in Wakefield Westgate so I sometimes see her and her work on the Wakefield Artwalk.

There was still half an hour or so until her demo so I went over to look at the chickens and forge then came back.

Lucy Fiona Morrison is also a landscape painter who works in oils but she prefers to work from photographs and reference sketches. She showed how she starts to apply the final layer of oil paint to one of her large landscape paintings of Holmfirth.

It wasn’t finished by the time her demo ended but I really liked seeing how she worked, it also reminded me of why I don’t have the patience for oil paints. They take far too long to dry for my way of working.

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Once she’d finished I messaged my mum and sister to find out where they were so I could meet up with them again and we could all go to see the end of the Grand Cattle Display and the Atkinson Action Horses in the main show ring. They were really good, hopefully they’ll be back again next year and will get more time to show what they can do. The 30 mins they were scheduled to have didn’t seem that long, especially as they were late getting started.

It was getting towards closing by this time so we had another look round the stalls, popped into the Asda and Tesco stands to try out the samples they had on offer, cheeses, bread, strawberries and cream, icecream and porkpie. I saw a bike/trike that I liked the look of for obvious reasons.

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Then we had one final visit to the food hall for the last of the bargains and free samples, mum got some flowers from there and then we made our way back to the car and home. Tired and a bit sun burnt, but we all said that we’d enjoyed our day out and I’m looking forward to going again next year.

Have you ever been to the Great Yorkshire Show? What do you think to it? Do you have a favourite bit? I’d love to hear about it, please leave me a comment about it below.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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