For non-toxic coloring and finishing, I used boiled linseed oil and coloured pencils.
I only used the most basic tools and materials, so almost everyone should be able to do this for free or at a very low cost.
A warning to all woodworking/carving professionals out there:
I am not a professional carver. In fact, this was my very first attempt at carving anything.
Please forgive me if I made stupid noobie-mistakes, but feel free to comment.
Also, I am not a native english speaker, so please excuse my spelling or grammar mistakes but please feel free to correct me.
I made a second tiki mask which I posted as slideshow:
Step 1: Tools and materials
scrap piece of wood from the hardware store (probably pinewood)
- optional: chisel for shaping the piece of wood
- various types of exacto knives (try to figure out which blades work best for you)
- sharpening tools for the blades
- a bristle brush to remove the wood shavings (you could also blow them away but that's more messy)
- superglue to replace wood pieces that broke away and to seal cuts in your fingers
(you don't want blood on your wood and band-aids are annoying when handling small objects and knives)
for coloring and finishing:
- colored pencils
- steel wool
- boiled linseed oil
- cotton swabs to apply linseed oil
- paper towels to remove excess oil