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

Little Miss Summer


“Little Miss Summer”

3D Acrylic Painting by Purple Faye

Canvas Size 16″x 20″ (406mmx508mm)
Image Depth 50mm
Acrylic 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 and varnished to help protect it.
Original, handmade, unique painting.

Made in August 2012

This was the first pet dog portrait that I made as a 3D Acrylic painting. I was struggling to decide what to buy my mum for her birthday so thought I would have a go at making 3D Acrylic Paintings of her 2  English Springer Spaniel dogs. (This is one of them the other is her brother Mr Spring)

Back then I enjoyed making things look less realistic and more quirky/cartoonish. That’s why it has big googly eyes. It also uses a lot more cardboard layers to make it stick out a lot.

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