I’ve been busy the last few weeks making a new pattern for a paper mache wolf mask. I started it just before April Fool’s Day. I kept working on it during the Friday the 13th (and 14th and 15th) blizzard, and I just finished it yesterday – as usual, this wolf mask took a lot longer to design than I expected.
I wanted realistic wolf shapes and easy assembly, and that was a real challenge. After six (or eight) prototypes, I finally got it to work the way I wanted it to. The pattern is available now on the page with the other sculpting patterns.
Even though it was challenging I really enjoyed designing this pattern and I’ve already started a paper mache lion mask. A cow or bull will come after that. I’m even fantasizing about doing the entire Lion King set. That might take awhile…
But I like long to-do lists, so if you can think of a mask you’d like to see as a pattern, either to wear or to use as wall art, let me know in the comments below. If my list gets long enough it could keep me out of trouble all summer.
I made three videos to go with this pattern, and you can watch them if you follow the link at the top of this post. There are a lot of different ways to paint a wolf (do a YouTube search for ‘how to paint a wolf‘ for ideas). The way I chose to paint mine is fast and easy – but I think it still turned out really nice. I used Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso to add fur texture before I started painting. I’ve never used it before, but now I think I’m in love with the stuff. It takes a long time to dry if you use it as thickly as I did, but I still think it was worth the wait. It’s flexible, which is important with a mask, and it holds some very nice details that I highlighted with a final glaze.
The next post will be about a flexible armature idea that a few people have been asking about. After that, I’ll finish the paper mache lion pattern and work on the cow. Remember to let me know if you have any ideas for mask that you think I would have fun working on.
And now, go check out the new paper mache wolf mask here.