Part 2: Exercise 2.3 – Painting on a 3D surface


Choose another of your collections to depict. Consider the examples discussed in the introduction to Part Two. Paint an image of your collection or objects from your collection on one of the following surfaces:
• paper cup
• piece of wood
• stone
• a handbag
• packaging
• a conker
• porcelain.
You could also use card, paper or tin foil to make a three-dimensional surface that you then paint on. Acrylic would work well for this exercise.


In my sketchbook for this part of the course I had curated collections of boots – wellingtons, rigger boots and walking boots. Also curated was a collection of my ‘crocks’ for wearing about the house and camper van (images bottom left and right in the image below):

Boots and crocks collections (from sketchbook)

In Exercise 2.1 I already produced a 3D representation on my curated hats and gloves collections which I enjoyed creating. Building on this experience I decided to create a globe (of the world?) onto which I would paste printed images from my hats collection. For the globe I bought a polystyrene unit that came in two halves, pasted together and then glued on cut-outs from the boots collection.

Once fixed and dry, I decided to change my sketchbook idea of using nail varnish for painting the crocks to glass paint and coloured relief paste as I felt that this would lift the crocks much better on the surface of the boots collection globe.

3D Painting

I have photographed six angles of the finished hats and crocks globe to hopefully give an idea of the finished painting:

3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 1
3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 2
3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 3
3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 4
3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 5
3D globe painting of crocks and boots – image 6


My intention in the exercise was to marry the two collections in a way that hinted at some connection linked to footwear and walking – boots for work and serious walking; crocks for leisure wear and chilling out.

Placing both collections on the globe also seemed to work in relation to travel and exploration of space. The relief painted crocks somehow stand out almost as wee islands of relaxation against a global world of practical working footwear .

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
1 December 2016