I decided to write this because I had a real hard time working out exactly how I was going to create an aztec mask from scratch, and thought it might be useful to somebody who is thinking of starting a similar project.
I started this project having looked at the original aztec masks and been totally inspired. I wanted to create a mask that reflected the originals in every aspect, but I didnt want to do a straight replica, so I had a play around with some designs, but we will come to that later.
ANYWAY... I'll try and do a brief overview of what this project will include
- Designing the mask
- Creating the tiles
- Sticking the tiles on
- Creating the eyes and teeth
And the materials you will need...
- Basic plastic mask
- Acrylic paint
- PVA Glue
Ok, well lets get started, I hope this inspires you to create your own, I would love to see what you produce if you do!
Step 1: Designing the Mask
I began the project thinking I was going to go for a simple face just like the one I showed in the intro, but half way through I decided to make it a bit more dramatic and personalised.
I'm not going to try and convince you that I spent hours and hours designing something. The first idea that came to my head ended up being the final thing. But having said that I did spend a lot of time trawling through google images looking at aztec masks for inspiration.
But regardless of how I did this, it is worth putting some serious thought into the design before plunging in head first and making it, considering that you will have to cover it in tiny little tiles.