Note: The video on this page is part of a long series because it took a long time to make the sculpture and turn it into a mask. If you’d like a much faster start, check out my paper mache wolf mask pattern. Just print it, cut out the pieces and tape them together. Then you can use the techniques shown in the video series to embellish the mask and add detail, without needing to start from scratch.
And now, back to the original post:
I don’t usually put two videos on one post, but this time I thought it made the most sense. A few days ago I filmed myself working on the wolf’s ears while I talked. (That’s part 3.) Then I woke up the next morning and changed my mind about most of the things I said in that video. The second video above tells you why I disagreed with myself, and add the ruff around the canine’s cheeks. If you would like to see the video I disagreed with, it’s down below.
I was feeling a bit silly about the whole thing until I started reading a book that arrived in the mail yesterday – Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction by Susanna Oroyan. Jim Kransberger recommended it because of the way the author talks about the thinking processes involved in creating art.
And there, on almost the very first page, was this paragraph:
Artists can’t put the materials together to get the effect until they think out how they will do it. This thinking out is a pretty jumpy business. It jumps between ideas, techniques, and materials. It explores and rejects several solutions before picking the right one for the particular piece.
Yes, “jumpy” definitely described my thinking process – but I don’t usually have hundreds of people listening in as I make my artistic decisions, and then almost immediately change my mind…
So, you might not be all that interested in the first video on this post, unless you want to say hi to Banjo, who volunteered to be my model for this mask. (I’ll tell you why I was thinking about making a silicone mold in the next post).
First Video for the Day: How to Make a Paper Mache Wolf Mask, Part 3 – Refining the clay sculpture
In the next video I’ll use the clay model as a positive mold, and add two layers of the fast-setting paper mache. Then he’ll be painted and, if I like the way he comes out, I’ll put him on my wall.
I have some ideas about making flexible positive molds, which would only be useful to people who wanted to make quite a number of masks based on their own designs, perhaps to sell at art shows. If anyone is interested in that, let me know and I’ll pursue it a bit more. The molds would not be cheap, so you wouldn’t want to do it if you didn’t think you had something worth reproducing.
Also, since the books I love most are the ones that are recommended to me, feel free to mention the art books that you enjoy the most down in the comments section. I’d love to know what inspires you, and really gets the creative juices flowing.
Update: If you’d like to see all the other videos in this series, you can find them here:
- How to Make a Paper Mache Wolf Mask, Part 1 – Beginning the clay sculpture
- How to Make a Paper Mache Wolf Mask, Part 2 – Adding the eyes and nose
- How to Make a Paper Mache Wolf Mask, Part 5 – Adding the fast-setting paper mache
- How to Make a Paper Mache Wolf Mask, Part 6 – Painting the wolf mask
And for those of you who don’t have time to watch the whole series, I made a much shorter version showing the highlights. You can find the short version of How to Make a Paper Mache Mask here.