Do you ever start a project that just keeps getting out of control? And then you wonder why you started in the first place? Well, I think my Cicada mask would qualify. Towards the end I rushed things, and the finished mask does not come up to my usual standard.
I won’t be wearing the bug on my head when I answer the door this Halloween (too scary-looking for babies, I think), but I do love those wings. If it didn’t have those creepy legs I might have talked myself into wearing it. I also think it would be fun to start over and make something for Halloween with just the bug’s wings. Maybe they could be attached to a plastic headband so they flow back over the head, or attach them to the back of a costume to make a fairy. That would be a one-hour project, and it wouldn’t scare the neighbor’s kids.
I kept looking at my mask book sitting over on the shelf and wondered why I didn’t follow my own instructions? The silly thing would have been done ages ago, and it would have come out a lot better better. The shop towel mache would be lighter than the plaster cloth, and if I started out with a plan to make the entire bug the proportions would have been better. Ah well – we can’t expect every project to come out perfect, can we?
Those legs, though…. maybe they’re scary to me because I had to put them in the wrong place, and now they stick out in a menacing way. They aren’t at all scary on a real bug.
I think it’s time for a much smaller project. We have a guest post coming that I’m really looking forward to, and it’s a project that would make a really nice gift for someone special. (I’ll keep you in suspense. 🙂 ) It got me thinking that it’s time for more paper mache gift ideas. I also like the idea of using paper strips and paste on the next one, just because I haven’t done that for a long time. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them, as long as there are no bugs involved!