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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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 the Love Hearts 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the 2 different Love Hearts 3D acrylic Paintings. They were started at an artist demonstration that I took part in as part of the Wakefield Artwalk at the end of November 2016, at the now closed Artwould 2 Gallery (which was situated at the bottom of the Ridings centre). I finished them at my studio once the modroc had dried a few days later.

I have both types available as 3D picture kits on my etsy shop

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They are one of the easier 3D picture kits of mine to make, so they’re perfect for beginners.

I started by drawing the love heart shapes on the cardboard then cut them out and assembled them on the blank canvas. I then used PVA/craft glue to stick all the bits together on the canvas. Next I applied the modroc and left it to dry.

Once it had dried, a few days later in my studio, I started to paint them using acrylic paints.

 

If you’d like to try it for yourself, or know someone who would, I have both types available as 3D picture kits on my etsy shop

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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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Pontefract Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2nd-8th July 2017

Starting at 10am on Sunday 2nd July and finishing at 5pm on Saturday the 8th of July in Holmfirth Civic Hall, the main exhibition, Holmfirth Artweek is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions. This year was my third year taking part, you can read about the preparation for it and my first and second years there in previous blog posts here, here and here.

This year I had two of my 3D acrylic paintings in the main exhibition and it was the first year that I put some of my cards and framed prints in the market too.

On the Thursday and Friday, 6th and 7th July 2017, I took part in the artist demonstrations. I’d done these in previous years too, the first year was just an afternoon and last year was for one day, so I had some idea of what to expect and was looking forward to them. I was looking forward to seeing the other artists demonstrations as much as I was looking forward to doing my own.

I’d decided that on the first day I would do the cardboard and modroc stages then leave them to dry overnight and paint them on the second day.

I’ll show more in depth work in progress shots of each of them and explain more about them too in seperate blog posts. This is just a brief overview so you can get an idea of what I got up to.

On the second day I had to have a bit of a shuffle about to make room for the artist who was going next to me.

I was also able to have some of my cards and framed prints on another table in the demo area too, just across from where I was so I could keep an eye on it.

Both the days passed really quickly and it wasn’t long until I was back on Saturday afternoon to collect anything that hadn’t sold. Sadly that was everything, but I’d still enjoyed it and have already been told that I can demo there on the Friday and Saturday next year so I’ll see you there!

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Holmfirth Artweek is run by volunteers so I’d like to say a big thank you to them all for all their hard work in making it run as smoothly as it did.

Find out more on holmfirthartweek.org.uk

 

Any questions?

Just ask in the comments below.

 

Till next time,

take care.

Purple Faye x

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Art Adventure: Screen Printing Workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House, Wakefield

On Thursday, 8th June 2017, I managed to get a cancellation booking to do a screen printing workshop with Laura Slater at The Art House in Wakefield. A few days beforehand, I got the cancellation booking on the Monday morning, I received an email explaining that I needed to have my image ready to print. This meant having the master image and then separating it into the different colour layers that were to be printed.

At first I was going to do my screen print of my cute cartoon cat characters so then I could experiment with different colour combinations, but while I was sketching them out my little doggy Jeffrey kept looking at me as if to say “why are you doing cats when you could be doing a picture of me?” So I did a few sketches of him then painted my final master design and made the separate colour layers ready for Thursday morning.

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The first thing we did on the Thursday morning was prepare our screens by applying a light-sensitive emulsion to the surface then leaving it to dry. While it was drying we photocopied each separate layer of our design onto acetate, doubling each layer up to make them even more opaque to stop the light getting through.

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Once the emulsion was dry and the acetates ready we could then use the exposing machine to transfer the designs onto the screens. We did this by putting the acetate, with the design the correct way round, on the glass top of the machine. The screen was then placed emulsion side down on top of the acetate and the rubber lid lowered over them.

Next the vacuum was turned on so the rubber lid formed a tight seal over the screens, stopping any movement that could happen during exposure, then the shutters on the exposure unit were opened so the light could get to the coated screens. These were left open on a preset timer so that they were exposed to the light for the correct amount of time.

After the screens had been exposed we then needed to wash away the areas that had been shielded from the light by the design. This is how the photo process works, the light- sensitive emulsion gets baked onto the screen when it’s exposed to the light. Any areas that weren’t exposed to the light due to the design blocking it out doesn’t get baked. These areas can then be washed off to let the ink through when printing. That’s why it works better to do your design in black to make it as opaque as possible to stop the light getting through.

While the screens were drying, after having the unbaked emulsion washed off, the next job was to mix the inks ready for printing with. I needed a background colour, obviously I went for purple which I made light to contrast with the darkness of the black and grey, then I needed a black and a grey for the body. In my original design I had a black body with grey highlights for the ears and nose. Sadly I had to change this slightly and swap them round as the grey wouldn’t have shown up printed on top of the black, but apart from the eyes I don’t think that it negatively affected it too much.

Once the screens were dry and the ink mixed then we were ready to start printing. As the layers needed to print on top of each other I started by printing my background. I was doing edition printing, this meant that I’d been printing the same thing over and over again so I’d have a set of prints that were all the same. The joy of hand printing means that each one would still be slightly different though.

After the background was printed they were left to dry and I cleaned the ink off the screen. I could then set up ready for the next layer of printing. This meant securing the screen in the hinges that held it in place on the printing board, then lining up the background image to the screen so that it would print in the right place. Using masking tape on the corners of the paper to help register the next one in the same place.

You may remember from the blog post that I wrote a few months ago about my older work, read it here, that when I was studying A level printmaking I always felt that my registration let me down. So it was nice when Laura told me that it’s those things that make hand printing different to being perfectly printed by a machine. The so called mistakes or errors make each one unique even when it’s part of an edition. This made me feel a lot better and more positive towards that older work.

For the last layer of printing I again had to line up the paper with the new screen, using masking tape to help register the rest to the same spot. Also using the acetate print outs to help with this step too. Then it was time to leave them to dry and wash up the screens etc.

I really enjoyed the workshop, it was nice to go back to screen printing after the 15 or so years since I did it at college.

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

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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 info@purplefaye.co.uk

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye

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