While many of us wear masks for Halloween, and believe me this is a great way to make your own unique Halloween mask, it's just pain fun to make a mask anytime of year!
If you create a mask, post it, I would LOVE to see it!
Let's get started....
A wonderful instructbale reader pointed out to me that this technique is used by a wonderful artist named Jonni Good, I picked up this way of making masks from a workshop taught by another art teacher, I had no idea that this trickles back down to Ms. Good and her years of work! So do check her out, I did and I was BLOWN AWAY by what she can do!
Step 1: Materials Needed
Plaster of Paris
White School Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
Two large bowls
Face/Mask/Face Form (I really like the Make-a-Mask® Reusable Face Forms)
Oil Based Clay (Molding Clay) - The more oil the better
Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Your Idea
Step 3: Build the Mask
Don't worry about the clay color, it make no difference at all what colors are being used.
(Side note: I've made several of these, I was bad about taking pictures so you will this process in the form of several different masks)
Step 4: Petroleum Jelly
Step 5: Twice As Nice
Step 6: Papier Mâché
Take the blue shop paper towels and rip them into sheets. Wet the sheets in a bowl and ring them out. This helps break down the binder in the towel. Mix equal amounts of plaster with white glue then add a splash of vinegar. The vinegar keeps the plaster from getting to hard to fast.
I like doing things by cup so:
1 Cup White School Glue
1 Cup Plaster of Paris
1 Teaspoon of Vinegar
Once your mixture is nice and smooth, dip the damp paper towel into the mixture and place over your mask form. Use your fingers to smooth the towel evenly over the mask and get you details in. If you create a wrinkle, and you don't want it there, now is the time to remove it or you are stuck with it.
You CAN tear the towel into strips and dip, but the nice part about this paper towel is it's durable and soft, I would keep it pretty big chunks.
This is when you can add details as well, use small bits of paper to create bumps and so on, then sandwich them in another layer of paper towel.
Two layers is plenty to get a nice sturdy mask. You can make more layers, but I like just sticking with two.
Step 7: Dried
Carefully take an edge and lift it away from the clay. Don't rush this, you don't want to rip the mask.
It will likely still be soft, right now the clay and petroleum jelly will be keeping the underside moist.
Once the mask is off it's form you can leave it so the back dries.
Step 8: Details
Step 9: Paint It! Bling It!
Once your paint is dry, you can cut slits and "string" the elastic through to make it a mask. I used a dab of hot glue on the interior of the mask after I knotted the elastic to keep it in place.
Step 10: Gallery
Step 11: Poofrabbit's Tips and Tricks
Draw it out! It's always helpful to draw out your idea so you have a good solid design.
Plaster gets hot. When plaster gets wet it starts a happy chemical reaction, that reaction creates heat. You can burn yourself with plaster. The vinegar helps with this, but just be mindful so you are not bathing in plaster.
Paint is your friend! If you made an error it's amazing what you can hide with paint!
ENJOY! No matter what, always enjoy what you do. I don't feel there is a right or wrong way to art as long as you are enjoying yourself and learning!