Get a fast start on your next paper mache project or hand-made gift with Jonni’s easy downloadable patterns for masks, animal sculptures and faux trophy mounts. The patterns help you create a beautiful work of art, even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.
We have a treat today – a video guest post with detailed instructions for how to make your own giraffe mask. Kevin Doheny created the video, and graciously agreed to let me post it here.
Kevin’s a great teacher, so the video is very detailed – it shows exactly how the armature was built, how he made sure the mask would fit, how he added the paper mache, how it was painted – plus much more. Just watching the video made me want to make a giraffe mask for myself.
OK, I’ll stop talking and let Kevin take over –
©2015 Kevin Doheny
I made this mask as part of an upcoming Lion King Jr. production. It is made using various paper maché techniques, including techniques found here on Jonni’s site.
The production is going to be next year, for my daughter’s middle school. She has been involved in the school plays for the past couple of years and I have heavily volunteered designing and sewing costumes (another “hobby”). We just did Sound of Music and had 205 costumes!!
The school hires the same (wonderful) professional costumier every year, but for next year she’s unavailable. Since I’ve been volunteering with them for a couple years and they know my work, I was asked to take on the whole Lion King Experience myself! So I made a couple of prototypes, and I met with the two drama/choir directors and showed them my stuff, and they hired me on the spot to do the show AND doubled the costume budget for me. Pretty awesome!
I’m always glad to jump on any chance to unleash my creative side. Over the years, I’ve done so many things like stained glass, making Renaissance costumes, masks for our garden, scrapbooking, and just about every crafty thing you can think of. It’s going to take me months to do all these masks, and I’m looking forward to every minute of it!
I picked up the clay and plaster wrap today for my next project (never used that before so I’m excited to try!!). I found double coupons online, so I dragged my husband along to the art supply store and made him go through the line so I could get double the supplies (with double coupons!). Now there’s a good tip for your readers, making your spouse double down on the coupons with you! LOL
Feel free to comment with any questions.