This display mask is the first project I managed to finish in my new house in Volga, South Dakota. I made it as a donation for the Brookings Habitat for Humanity Restore Art Auction, and I delivered it right after the varnish is dry.
This was the first time I participated in the art auction, and it was so much fun that I gave them my huge dragon, too. That project was so big that it took 8 posts to show how it was done! This little blue-eyed lion mask was a lot easier!
Unfortunately, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore doesn’t hold their art auctions anymore, but it was fun to participate when they were still doing it – and it was for a great cause.
The art auction rules required that the artwork had to be made, at least in part, with items purchased at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, so it pushed me to be a bit more inventive than usual. How does one make a lion out of old house parts and hardware?
It was also fun walking around the store, looking at all the stuff they have in there. (I bought a really cute little reclining chair for $16!).
Note: I recently created a new lion mask pattern for paper mache. It’s a lot more realistic than the whimsical mask I show you in the video above. The downloadable lion mask pattern is made with cardboard pieces taped together, plus one layer of paper mache and that lovely raffia mane (made with a cheap table skirt).
I didn’t show it in the video, but I actually took the larger electric cables apart by pulling the smaller wires out of the sheathing. For that reason, I ended up with a lot more wire than I thought I would, and the wires were nice bright colors. That gave me an excuse to go a bit wild with the paint job. He fits right in with the bright green walls in my kitchen. It also helped the lion mask fit in with the other artwork that will be sold at the auction, because it encouraged children to participate.
I’m happy to say that this silly lion display mask found a new home during the auction. 🙂