Several months ago I had this crazy idea that I could finish my paper mache mask book by the first of December. Ha! I’m still not even close, and here it is almost Christmas already.
Well, I may not be very fast, but I’m having a great time with these projects. I’m using positive molds made with modeling clay — no more of the expensive silicone or urethane rubber molds that I tried before. And the paper mache is made with just two layers of Scott Shop TowelsÂ®, pasted together with a plaster and glue mixture that was inspired by Mark Morse, who mentioned the plaster-based gesso he uses. The result is a strong mas that is incredibly light because there’s no armature left inside.
And, believe it or not, they’re actually easier to make than masks made with paper mache clay – I found that rather surprising, since the clay makes other sculptures so much easier.
I still have at least four more masks to finish. I wanted to include a Celtic helmet, since the unicorn is wearing a silver ornament hanging from his horn that was given to him by Boudicca, the last queen of the Celts. Unfortunately, I may be running out of space. Printers charge by the page, dang it, so I have to prioritize. Maybe I can still fit it in, though — I should know by next week. And the book itself should be finished by the first of February, so readers will have plenty of time to make their favorite mask for Mardi Gras. (At least I hope I can get it done by then. Wish me luck.)
Here’s what I have finished so far (I still haven’t decided which one should go on the cover. Any suggestions?):