How Yorkshire Artist Purple Faye made the commissioned 3D Acrylic Painting of the American Office Building

In this blog post I’m going to show you how I made this commissioned 3D acrylic painting. The commission was to make a 3D acrylic painting version of a watercolour of the office building featured in the American version of The Office TV show. The significance of this watercolour is that it’s painted by one of the characters, Pam Beesly, in the show.

When I was first contacted about this commission I had to get my head around the fact that I’d firstly be doing a building, which are tricky because of the precision involved with the straight lines and propotions, secondly it’s a copy of someone elses work in a different medium so thirdly I’d have to tranlate the traits of the water colour painting into my own 3D acrylic painting style.

I enjoy a challenge though so was more than happy to take it on. Here’s how I did it:

Working from the picture that the customer sent me I started by drawing out the basic outline onto the cardboard, then cut it out and layered it up so some parts stuck out more than others.

 

Next I laid the dried modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in, like they use when you break your arm or leg) over the cardboard and cut it to size before dunking it in some water than smoothing it over the cardboard.

 

Once the modroc was dry I sanded it down to get rid of any rough bits then painted a white base coat with acrylic paint. I then drew on top of the base coat with pencil to make it easier to know where to paint the details in.

I started with the trees/hedges as they took up quite a large area felt like an easy way to ease myself into it before tackling the trickier building with all it’s straight lines, that’s also why I did the cars first too.

I decided to paint the black lines in first then use the lighter colours of the building stonework and windows to neated them up and narrow them down. I did this so the pencil lines didn’t get lost by painting over them with the lighter colours first. It meant that I could try and keep them as straight as I could by reducing them to the right size rather than trying to add them afterwards.

Once the building had been completed I moved onto the sky and the foreground carpark.

After a few final details it was finished.

 

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I’m pleased to say that the customer was happy with it, they even said ” So much better than I expected it to be. I love it.” which is so lovely to hear.

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

Last year I had the pleasure of making a 3D acrylic painting of 3 month old baby George.

George’s father, Alex, contacted me to make it for his wife, Mellissa, for her 30th birthday. Because Mellissa is blind Alex wanted me to make him one of my 3D acrylic paintings because it would be tactile for her to touch and experience rather than a flat photograph.

He sent me a selection of photographs before deciding, after some discussions with me on which would make a good 3D acrylic painting, on the one that he’d like me to work from.

The one he chose actually ended up being a digital photo taken of a physical photo in a frame, which could have been problematic in terms of reflections and colour distortions but thankfully it wasn’t too bad.

So here is how I made it starting by drawing it directly onto the cardboard so I could cut it out and make it 3D by layering the cardboard up. Once the cardboard layers were stuck on the blank canvas I could then apply the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in) and leave it to dry. I then painted it with acrylic paints.

If you would like me to make you a 3D acrylic painting the same size as ‘Baby George’ (12x16inches approx 305x406mm) for only £100 get in touch as this offer is available for a limited time only.

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How artist Purple Faye made the ‘Theo + Dumbo’ 3D acrylic painting

I’ve made a few name signs simialar in style to this in the past but it’s not something that I make much of now. But Theo’s special day was coming up and I wanted to make him something to commemorate it.

I started by drawing out the shapes for the letters, I used the first letter to help me make the rest in the same style and proportions, I then losely positioned them on the canvas to help me gauge how big to make the Dumbo to go alongside.

Next I sketched out a few different sized Dumbos on paper before selecting the one that I felt fitted best with the letters, I then used this paper drawing as a template to cut out the shapes I needed to make it 3D out of cardboard.

Once I was happy with the positioning of the cardboard on the canvas I then stuck it down and left it to dry.

After the glue had dried I could then start cutting out the dry modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) to the shapes that I needed to cover the cardboard and then dunking each one in water (with a bit of glue mixed in to help it stick) wringing it out and smoothing it over the top of the cardboard until it was all thoroughly covered.

This was then left to dry before I could begin to paint it with acrylic paints.

I started by painting the Dumbo a light grey, then painted in the details, I then painted the whole of the background including the letters a light blue colour and added some white clouds to make it look like Dumbo was flying in the sky. I made the letters white so they stood out against the blue and added to the cloud effect, I felt like they didn’t quite stand out enough just white so I then added some silver highlights and a black outline which I think finished it off nicely.

I don’t have many of these sized canvases left but if you would like me to make you a 3D acrylic painting then contact me.

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Take care.

Purple Faye x

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

Here’s how I made my ‘Medium Daffodil’ 3D acrylic painting. (I also made the ‘Smaller Daffodil’ at the same time as I made this, which you can see the making of in a separate blog post here.)

I started by getting a cardboard box and cutting out a piece that was roughly the same size as the blank canvas I was going to use. I then drew the daffodil design freehand onto the cardboard, using some photographs as a reference.

Once the drawing was complete I cut out all along the outside of the main daffodil shape and all around the head of the flower. I then placed the stem shape onto the blank canvas and laid the flower head shape on top of it so that the two overlapped. I created a more 3D effect by wedging some offcuts of cardboard underneath one side of the flower head shape and made a ring shape to go in the middle of the flower head shape too.

All the cardboard layers were then stuck together and onto the blank canvas using PVA/craft glue, once the glue had dried I then covered the cardboard design with modroc (plaster of Paris impregnated bandages) which again was left to dry before I could start painting it with acrylic paints.

Originally I was going to make it a yellow daffodil but once I’d tried it I decided that the ‘Smaller Daffodil’ looked better yellow and that white and orange would be more effective with this ‘Medium Daffodil’. Once I had painted the stem green I painted the background a dark purple (as it’s a complimentary colour to the orange and green) and the dark colour should help the white stand out better. However once it had dried I felt like it wasn’t quite working so I tried adding the lighter colour to help it all pop and was happy with the result.

The finished piece is available to buy now from my etsy shop.

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Purple Faye x

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

In October I showed how I made the Halloween inspired 3D acrylic painting ‘Raven’. While I was making that one I also made this companion piece which was inspired by Christmas, ‘Robin’. Both the birds use the same blue background on the same size canvas, 12×12 inches square, so they sit side by side nicely.

You can see how I made the ‘Raven’ in the blog post I wrote about it here.

Here’s how I made the Robin:

I started by drawing out the design onto the piece of cardboard that I had already cut to the size of the canvas I was going to use, 12×12 inches square. I then cut it out and used more cardboard to create the layers. After sticking all the cardboard pieces together and sticking it onto the blank canvas I then put the modroc (plaster of Paris bandages) on top, scoring lines in to create texture where necessary. Once the modroc was dry I then painted it with acrylic paints. Starting with a mid grey for the base coat and then adding in the shading and details.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. If you would like to commission your own 3D acrylic painting to be made for you then get in touch at here.

You can try the technique for yourself using one of my kits available to buy from my online shop.

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Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

 

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Take care.

Purple Faye x

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How to make your Christmas Decoration 3D Pictures like artist Purple Faye

Thank you for buying one of my kits to make your own Christmas Decoration 3D Picture.

Here is how I made the original Christmas Decoration 3D acrylic paintings.

When making your kit you don’t have to worry about drawing your own design as I have already done this for you in the form of the template. So all you need to do is use the template and follow the instructions that I included with the kit.

If you’d like some ideas of how to paint your Christmas Decorations 3D pictures then you can see how I used acrylic paint to paint each of mine below.

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Purple Faye x

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

I’d been making a series of animal 3D acrylic paintings, along with making pet portraits, because I like animals. I’d made two different macaws but I wanted to do some more birds to try out some different ways of making feather textures.

It was coming up to Halloween so I was inspired by that to make a raven, which gave me the idea to pair it with a Christmas inspired bird piece too in the form of a robin. (One of my favourite films is the Nightmare Before Christmas so that’s why I had the idea to pair uo Halloween with Christmas). You can see the making of the ‘Robin’ 3D acrylic painting here.

I started the process in my usual way of selecting a piece of cardboard and cutting it to the size of the canvas I wanted to use. I then used photographs as reference to freehand draw the design onto the cardboard.

Next I cut all along the outside of the drawing, making the 3D layers with more cardboard, and sticking it all together onto the blank canvas.

Once the layers had been cut out and stuck down 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 started to paint it with acrylic paints. First using black for the 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 and help it to stand out even more.

 

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Happy Halloween!

 

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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 too.

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Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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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