How to Make Your Own Highland Cow 3D Picture like artist Purple Faye’s Original 3D Acrylic Painting

In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make your own highland cow 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own Highland Cow 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

First, you need to buy the kit here

Your kit contains step-by-step instructions to talk you through the cardboard and modroc stages of making your highland cow 3D picture. However, as the kits don’t contain paints I don’t go into any detail as to how you might like to paint it. You can enjoy making it up for yourself but just in case you’d like some guidance here’s how I made the original 3D acrylic painting that the kits are based on. In this case I’m showing you a few versions as it’s one of my oldest designs, and best sellers. It’s also one of my favourites that I like to show at artist demonstrations and workshops as I think it shows the technique off nicely, especially how I use modroc to create texture.

I start by drawing the highland cow design directly onto the piece of cardboard, you have the design already drawn for you by me in the form of the template, so all you need to do is cut it out and use that, following my instructions. In early versions, which you can see here, I include the eyes up until the modroc stage as I felt that it was important that even though you couldn’t see them behind the hair/fur that they still were there. But over the course of making various versions of them I came to realise that actually they aren’t neccesary, so that’s why they aren’t included in your template.

Next I cut out the design. In some versions, and in your instructions I get you to use more cardboard shapes to create the 3D layers, but with this one I just used the one piece of cardboard and created the 3D layers by overlapping the edges (apart from the eyes).

It is this cardboard stage that makes them really 3D but because it is cardboard it isn’t as heavy as people think it will be when they think it’s solid plaster being used.

The next stage is applying the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) over the cardboard layers.

I did this by getting my piece of modroc and cutting it to the rough shape of what I needed, keeping in mind that it shrinks when wet so it’d need to be a bit bigger plus have some overlap to go round the edges too. I cut it when it’s dry as it’s easier to cut when it’s dry rather than wet. Plus once it gets wet that’s it you have to use it, so if you don’t need to use it all then you can’t save any offcuts for later.

I wet the modroc by filling a container (an old Tupperware dish) with cold water (using cold water slows down the setting time so you have longer to use it, warm water speeds it up) and a squirt of PVA/craft glue then dunking each piece of cut out modroc separately to try and reduce the amount of scrunching up in the water.

When removing the modroc from the water I try to wring out as much water as I can without distorting the shape too much. I then place it on top of the cardboard and start to smooth it out so it covers all the area that I need it to. I continue to do this until the whole cardboard shape is completely covered. To create the highland cow’s hair/fur there are a few techniques to try, the main ones that I’ve found to be effective are scrunching and rolling. Both ways mean using more modroc once the whole shape is covered smooth so keep this in mind when you’re cutting your large piece of modroc down to size. Keep the offcuts to use to create your hair/fur texture. Scrunching means you use different sized pieces and once they’re wet you scrunch them on top of the smoothed modroc you previously applied. This creates a wrinkled effect. The next technique I’ve called rolling as it involves cutting thin strips of modroc and rolling them into sausage shapes before placing them on top of the previously applied modroc. You can also use your thumb/finger nail to gently score grooves/lines into the drying modroc too. Once you’re happy with the texture you’ve created it’s then time to leave it to dry.

When the modroc is setting and still wet it looks a lightish grey colour and gets more white the drier it gets. I try to leave mine overnight at least to make sure it’s fully dry, it dries faster the warmer it is so if you wanted to speed up the process you can use a hairdryer on it.

Once it’s dry I give mine a quick sand with some fine sandpaper, just to get rid of any rough bits, then I start to paint it with acrylic paints. You can use whatever paints you have available though. For this one I used brown, orange, yellow, white, green, and black.

I started by painting the whole of the highland cow white, once as the base coat to seal the modroc and then another top coat to make sure it was fully covered. Next I painted the body brown and the feet, horns and nose a light brown, by mixing the white and brown together. I painted in the nostrils with black and added some white highlights to the feet, nose and horns. I then used the orange, yellow, brown and white to mix in different ways on the hair/fur until I was happy with how it looked. Finally, I mixed a light green, as a suggestion of grass, to paint the canvas background with.

So now you know how to make your own highland cow 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, using the ‘Make Your Own Highland Cow 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye.

Enjoy making your kit and if you do get stuck contact me for help.

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Purple Faye x

How to Make Your Own Unicorn 3D Picture like artist Purple Faye’s Original 3D Acrylic Painting (rectangle version)

In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make your own unicorn 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, the rectangle version, using the ‘Make Your Own Unicorn 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye

First, you need to buy the kit here

Your kit contains step-by-step instructions to talk you through the cardboard and modroc stages of making your Unicorn 3D picture. However, as the kits don’t contain paints I don’t go into any detail as to how you might like to paint it. You can enjoy making it up for yourself but just in case you’d like some guidance here’s how I made the original 3D acrylic painting that the kits are based on.

Using the template I created I started by cutting it out and drawing round it onto the cardboard. I then cut the head/mane off of the template and used this to cut out another cardboard shape. To finish the cardboard stage I cut out the eye and placed all the cardboard cut out shapes onto the blank canvas, stuck them down with PVA/craft glue and left them to dry. It is this stage that makes them really 3D but because it’s cardboard it isn’t as heavy as people think it will be when they think it’s solid plaster being used.

The next stage was to apply the modroc (bandages with plaster of Paris in them) over the cardboard layers. I did this by getting my piece of modroc and cutting it to the rough shape of what I needed, keeping in mind that it shrinks when wet so it’d need to be a bit bigger plus have some overlap to go round the edges too. I cut it when it’s dry as it’s easier to cut when it’s dry rather than wet. Plus once it gets wet that’s it you have to use it, so if you don’t need to use it all then you can’t save any offcuts for later.

I wet the modroc by filling a container (an old Tupperware dish) with cold water (using cold water slows down the setting time so you have longer to use it, warm water speeds it up) and a squirt of PVA/craft glue then dunking each piece of cut out modroc separately to try and reduce the amount of scrunching up in the water. When removing the modroc from the water I try to wring out as much water as I can without distorting the shape too much. I then place it on top of the cardboard and start to smooth it out so it covers all the area that I need it to.

Once it’s all covered, including the sides where it meets the canvas, I then use extra bits on top of the hair/mane and tail to give it more texture. I did this by scrunching/ruffling it up and using my thumbnail, once it started to set, to gently score some lines into it too. You could also try cutting strips, wetting them and rolling them into sausages then placing them on top. To give a kind of dreadlocks appearance.

When the modroc is setting and still wet it looks a lightish grey colour and gets more white the drier it gets. I try to leave mine overnight at least to make sure it’s fully dry, it dries faster the warmer it is so if you wanted to speed up the process you can use a hairdryer on it.

Once it’s dry I give mine a quick sand with some fine sandpaper, just to get rid of any rough bits, then I start to paint it with acrylic paints. You can use whatever paints you have available though. For this one I only used white, shiny purple, gold, blue and black.

I started by painting the whole of the unicorn white, once as the base coat to seal the modroc and then another top coat to make sure it was fully covered. Next I painted the horn gold and the hair/mane and tail in the shiny purple, I mixed a light grey with the black and white to add some shading details to the legs, head and horn. I used the black to add the details on the face (eyes, nose and mouth) then I finished it off by mixing a light blue and painting the canvas background with it.

So now you know how to make your own unicorn 3D picture like artist Purple Faye’s (me) original 3D acrylic painting, the rectangle version, using the ‘Make Your Own Unicorn 3D Picture Kit’ by Yorkshire artist Purple Faye

Enjoy making your kit and if you do get stuck contact me for help.

Find me on social media:

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Instagram: instagram.com/purplefaye_art

Purple Faye x

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

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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Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye Moving back into Pontefract Studio

If you missed my newsletter earlier this this month then you may have missed my exciting news. ( You can sign up to get my monthly newsletter here)

I’m pleased to say that I’m going to be moving back into the first floor office space in Pearl Assurance House in Pontefract (above the Wetherspoons). I’m hoping to be moving in at the beginning of October and then I’ll be able to stay on a month by month basis as the space is still on the market so I get a month’s notice when I need to move out.

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to stay there until Christmas at least but we’ll just have to wait and see.

This will be the 3rd time I’ve been able to use this space, the first time I was in one of the smaller rooms (which you can read about here) and the second time I was able to use the big room but unfortunately I was only there for a few months (which you can read about here).

Both times I just used the space as a studio that people were able to come visit when I held open days or if they made an appointment. I also did workshops there too which were again by appointment only.

This time however I’m wanting to use the space more like the time when I had the use of an empty shop in Castleford (which you can read about here) but on a bigger scale with lots of other artists and makers work on display there for sale too alongside mine.

I’ll still use it as a studio to make new work and to display my work in, so people can pop in to see what I’m working on and how I make my 3D acrylic paintings, they can also commission me to make them their very own 3D acrylic painting and to do workshops with me to make their own 3D pictures.

The plan is for it to be more like a gallery/arts and crafts shop open to the public so they can buy directly from me and all the other artists/makers work that will be there too, I’m also hoping to put on some special one off events and offers in the run up to Christmas (if I’m still able to use the space then) to try and encourage footfall. As it’s on the first floor and there aren’t any ramps or lifts it isn’t ideal for accessability so I’m going to try and do my best to overcome these somehow.

At the moment (Thursday 19th September 2019) I’m waiting to get the keys and start moving in. Then I can contact artists/makers to invite them to join me.

If you are (and/or know) an artist/maker that would like to have your work on display for sale in this space then please get in touch purplefaye.co.uk/contact  (all arts and crafts are welcome).

 

(These photos are from when I was there last time)

I’ll let you know once I get the keys and all systems are go.

 

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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*EDIT*

Sadly this fell through after some issues with getting the keys and then being told that the landlord had sold the property to someone else again.

Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2019 7th-13th July

On Sunday (3Oth June 2019) it was taking in day for Holmfirth Artweek 2019. This meant that all the artists taking part in the exhibition had from 2pm-6pm to bring their work to the Civic Hall where the main exhibition is held. Over the next week the volunteers will be busy putting everything up ready for the exhibition to open on Sunday the 7th of July at 10am.

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What is Holmfirth Artweek?

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan cancer support and is one of the UK’s biggest Art exhibitions, featuring over 400 artists with over 2000 pieces of artwork in Holmfirth Civic Hall.

The main exhibition is in Holmfirth Civic Hall across 3 floors, pieces available for sale in the exhibition can be bought at any time but can only be collected and taken away when the exhibition ends on Saturday the 13th July at 5pm. There is a market on the 2nd floor that does have smaller pieces along with cards/prints that are available to buy and take away immediately. There are also artist demonstrations throughout the day on the first floor stage where you can see how the artists make their work and will have pieces available for you to buy directly from them and take away immediately. The artists demonstrating will change each day and throughout the day too.

There are also dozens of fringe venues across the Holmfirth area holding their own events featuring arts and crafts at the same time. When you buy something from Holmfirth Artweek and the fringe venues at least 20% of the price you pay goes to Macmillan Cancer Support as well as supporting the artist.

Dates and Times

This year Holmfirth Artweek takes place from Sunday the 7th July until Saturday the 13th July.

Sunday 7th July 10am – 5pm

Monday-Friday 8th-12th July 10am – 9pm

Saturday 13th July 10am – 5pm (the market will close at 4pm)

Address: Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS

(Parking is available in the CO-OP car park just across the road from the Civic Hall)

Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek

This will be my 5th year taking part in Holmfirth Artweek and like all the previous years I have 2 of my 3D acrylic paintings in the exhibition, which I took along on Sunday, and I have a selection of smaller original paintings in the market on the 2nd floor along with some of my cards and framed cards.

I’ll also be taking part in the artist demonstrations again this year. I’ll be there all day on Friday 12th July 10am-9pm and all day on Saturday 13th July 10am-5pm too. I’ll be showing you how to make my elephant and lovehearts 3D picture kits which I’ll have with me available for immediate sale along with the rest of my kits, cards and original 3D acrylic paintings.

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If you can make it along it’d be great to see you and say hi.

Together we can help raise fund for Macmillan Cancer Support.

All the best.

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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

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

I started with a cardboard box and cut out a piece that was roughly the same size as the blank canvas I was going to use. I chose quite a thick cardboard as I wanted it to be quite chunky all over, even the base layer which just uses one layer of cardboard.

Next I drew the daffodil design freehand onto the cardboard, using some photographs as a reference, and cut it out all along the outline.I seperated the flower head shape from the stem and placed them both onto the blank canvas to get an idea of the positioning. Placing the flower head on top of the top of the stem meant that it was raised and stuck out slightly more, then an extra layer for the circle in the middle made that the focal point that sticks out the most.

After sticking all the cardboard layers together onto the blank canvas and waiting for it to dry I could then cover it with modroc (plaster of Paris impregnated bandages) let that dry then start painting it with acrylic paints.

I decided to make this a traditional yellow daffodil with a green stem and a purple background to compliment the yellow and green. As with the ‘Medium Daffodil’ the dark purple on it’s own didn’t quite provide enough of a pop so I added the lighter purple and was happy with how it all worked together.

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

Don’t forget to get 10% off in my etsy shop by getting the discount code here.

 

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Till next time,

take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye art adventure: Lanzarote – January 2018

At the beginning of January this year (4th-18th 2018) I had a lovely couple of weeks in Lanzarote enjoying the sunshine. While there I was pleasantly surprised to find that near the apartments we were staying at there were lots of sculptures, and it looked like they were putting more up too.

Here’s a few of them:

There are a few free outdoor gymns near where we stayed which I had fun playing on and my boyfriend actually used properly.

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We had a lovely view from our apartment

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We made a couple of cat friends, we called them Derrick and Scabby Fluffycat

The swimming pool looked really inviting and refreshing but was absolutely freezing, so if you wanted to cool down it did the job very quickly but wasn’t so good for actually swimming in for very long.

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It got a bit windy some of the days and the surfers came to the beach to make the most of the big waves the wind created.

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We had a lovely relaxing time there and are already thinking about going again next year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos of some of the art from Lanzarote, hopefully next year I’ll have even more to show you.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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