Oct 02 2012
Making a mask requires a lot of patience and a certain amount of artistic ability. Masks are lots of fun to make and can become a great past time, which can also make you money in the process. if you’re retired and are looking for something to do in your spare time, mask-making can be the thing for you. the more masks you make, the more proficient you become. who knows, you may actually become good enough to sell them.
Many people think that paper mache masks are messy to make. On the contrary, paper mache has come a long way. Of course you can do it the old fashioned way with glue and newspaper strips but, nowadays, paper mache is mixed in a bowl just like you were making dough. it comes in a powdery mixture which is a dream to work with. once it has been mixed, it holds the same texture as soft clay. It’s amazing! Also, paper mache masks do not have to be lumpy and bumpy. using this type of paper mache allows you to create a smooth, even finish.
There are so many varieties of mask designs which keep mask-making from becoming boring, such as Venetian masks, Mardi Gras masks, Carnival masks, Halloween masks, African Tribal masks and decorative wall masks. You can add almost anything to a mask design. Decorative materials can include pearls, beads, rhinestones, ostrich feathers, peacock feathers, roping, bells, fringes, glitter, tassels, mirrors, stones, lace, sequins, satin, ribbon, etc. Of course you can also just get very creative with paint alone.
There are various kinds of paint you can use as well, such as puff paint, gel paint, metallic paint, acrylic paint, water paint, glitter paint, or just about any kind of paint you can find on the market. Glitter paint works very well for Mardi Gras and Carnival masks because it offers a very festive look to the mask.
Learn more about how to make a beautiful, high quality, paper mache mask.