Mardi Gras House Floats

Made by BRIDGET CASTLE

This year our Mardi Gras parades were canceled due to Covid so the region decorated their homes to celebrate. I knew I wanted to make an oversized mask but didn’t know how. I used some of Jonni’s techniques and used the waterproof recommendations from the Whale guest post using indoor/outdoor joint compound, titebond iii, and acrylic fortifier. Then once dry I used the joint compound to smooth it out (with a rubber spatula of course). Used spray gesso then flex seal rubberized coating, painted then sealed with polyurethane spray. It was a lot of steps but It held up beautifully in the weather. Thank you for all of your help and information!!

Masquerade Mask Daytime
Masquerade Mask Daytime
Paper Mache eyes, nose and bottom fringe with newspaper strips dipped in joint compound, titebond iii, and acrylic fortifier
Paper Mache eyes, nose and bottom fringe with newspaper strips dipped in joint compound, titebond iii, and acrylic fortifier
Smoothed with joint compound and sprayed with gesso followed by Flex Seal
Smoothed with joint compound and sprayed with gesso followed by Flex Seal

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