White Glue (I used Elmer's)
Plaster of Paris
Acrylic Paint (Black and Red)
Shop Towels (Thick Blue Paper Towels, I used Scott brand)
Hot Glue Gun
Small and Medium Paint Brushes
Foam Head Form
Step 1: Making the Base Mask
Start by mixing the plaster paste. The recipe listed below should be enough to give the mask an under and two top coats and have a little extra left over. Also once the paste is mixed there will be about 15 minutes of work time (the vinegar gives it that extra work time).
Plaster Based Paste
1/4 cup of white glue
1 tablespoon of cold water
1 teaspoon of vinegar
1/4 cup of plaster of Paris
Tear the shop towels in half and soak them in water. Make sure to ring them out. Paint the surface of the head form with the plaster paste and then stretch the damp towels over your foam head and smooth out the towel as best you can starting with the features on the front of the mask and working back towards the back of the head. Try to layer it so the seams of the paper towel are not sticking up too much. Now paint on the plaster paste with a medium brush, taking care around the openings to ensure they do not get covered in paste. After letting it dry, add a second layer so it will be more sturdy.
Once the second layer has dried it's time to cut off the fringes of paper towel.
Step 2: Smoothing Out the Mask Features
Applying a gesso will further smooth out the surface of the mask and ready it for painting.
Plaster Based Gesso
1 tablespoon of white glue
2 teaspoons of water
2 tablespoons plaster of Paris
1/4 teaspoon of vinegar
After mixing apply to the mask with a medium brush and let dry.
Step 3: Painting the Face and Adding Flowers
It's tricky to get the symmetry of the mask down at first so draw lightly with a pencil until you have what you want on one side and then transfer it over. A tip to getting the designs symmetrical is to orient them with the locations of the facial features of the mask. If you make a mistake you can erase the pencil marks with a very soft or gummy eraser.
Once the design is set, start painting! I used acrylic paint because it goes on smooth and can be thinned with water to blend colors together.
To attach the fake flowers to the top and sides of the mask, use wire snips to remove them from their stems and hot glue them in place.