Calling All Maskmakers – An Online “Halloween Mask Party”

Yesterday, Tejae suggested that we have a Halloween Mask Party here on our blog. Now, I must admit I don’t know exactly what she meant by that, but it does sound intriguing. So much so, in fact, that I started my mask this morning while my onions were in the oven. I even decided to do some experimenting, which actually means that my mask may flop entirely and I’ll have to start over. But that’s another issue…

I think it would be the most fun if we don’t have any rules or anything. To make it easy, we can just have a series of guest posts, (with you as the authors and artists, of course), with Halloween masks as the theme. I know tons of people are looking for Halloween ideas right now, and you may have just the idea they’re looking for.

To submit your Halloween mask guest post, you can use this form to submit your images, thoughts, instructions, commentary, philosophy – whatever, as long as it’s vaguely related to the item you’re showcasing. Does that make it a “party?” Close enough, I say.

No deadline, this time – but remember that Halloween is coming up soon, and paper mache takes time to dry. If we don’t publish our posts and tutorials early enough, other readers won’t be able to use our ideas to create their own masks. No pressure, though — 😉

And by the way, I often hear from people who are reticent to post anything because they don’t write well enough, or English is a second language, or some other insecurity. Fortunately, we have a fabulously supportive community on this blog, and nobody cares if you spell something wrong. We just want to see what you’ve made lately, with paper mache.

16 thoughts on “Calling All Maskmakers – An Online “Halloween Mask Party”

  1. I started out desperately trying to find a substance to make my Halloween mask out of when i found your clay recipe. I am very happy to say that it worked beautifully. So I wanted to thank you for putting this recipe out there.
    though it may sound funny I began with wrapping tissue paper around my head and using masking tape made a mold, making sure to leave a little extra space. I then cut out the eyes and nose and did the same for the jaw piece. then I got paper towels, tore them up and taped them on there to make a skull like face and from there I added the paper mache clay and here are the results,
    please forgive the results for this is my first mask and sculpture of any type that I have done and i am not sure how to upload pics here but here’s my facebook page with the pics
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.294619123899651.90997.100000546978983&type=1

    • Hi Genivieve. I clicked the link and I got an error message. Since we’re right in the middle of a Halloween Mask Party (soliciting guest posts, basically) why not use our form and send your images directly to me. That way everyone is sure to see them.

  2. Working on a mask and found your recipe for Jonni clay. If Dap has changed their formula what brands will work? I really want to give this recipe a try before Halloween, but hate to waste money by experimenting with different brands.

    • Any joint compound except Dap (some house brands, like Bi-Mart, are made by Dap – check the label). I like the Sheetrock brand, and it’s almost always available – but we haven’t found any brand except Dap that doesn’t work.

  3. Cool! I am currently working on “Fraggle Rock” masks for myself, my son and 7 of my friends. I will post a couple of the finished products hopefully within the next couple weeks! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates too!!!

  4. Well I don’t know if I will be done with mine in time or not, so if not then I will just send pics of what I got done. It’s turning out to be way more work than I anticipated!

  5. Oh my goodness Jonni, i’ve been on a weeks vacation… away from my computer. You can imagine my surprise to see that you’re having the halloween mask party!! (I’m not even sure what I meant either)

    Looks like everyone is having some fun with it! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with and if I can get caught up on my in-process art projects I’d love to create a mask too.

  6. I am hoping that I have time to do one, but I am already doing another Halloween project, a paper mache pumpkin scorpion thingy lol. So I don’t know if I will have the time. But I love the mask party idea!!

  7. What a great idea!! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. This community is so creative and talented.
    Who could not love Halloween? Candy and dress-up? FUN!

    • I’m sure having great fun with my entry – I’m starting to get attached to my “witch,” but now I’m wondering where she’ll live until Halloween. It is just a tad early for Halloween decorations, isn’t it?

  8. Well – I beat you all! Please check out my masks – Jonni has posted them here somewhere – about two weeks ago. Any comments welcome – no prizes – just Halloween fun I guess. Great idea about a party and all – this holiday always fascinated me anyway. The scare factor you know – have fun all you mask ghoulies (not sure if that’s a word!).

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