I added the paper mache to the Star Wars mask, added lots of wrinkles, and painted him pink. This was a silly project, but I had a lot of fun with it. I may even go to the thrift store for a black hoodie, since my old paint-splattered grey one doesn’t quite do it for me.
This was an easy project, with two major challenges:
First, it would be nice if I could see out a little better. It’s OK if I’m just answering the door to trick-or-treaters, but I wouldn’t walk around near a busy street without making those eye holes bigger.
The other challenge is making the skin color more interesting. All those wrinkles do add lots of shadows and shapes to look at, but I wanted the paint to be more lifelike, too. I think I managed that by using one final coat of acrylic varnish that had just a few drops of white added to it. It gave the skin a slightly transparent look, which helped make it appear more alive.
Of course, one could get really carried away and use traditional portrait-painting techniques for the skin on this fellow, but there was a limit to how much time I wanted to spend on him. Too many projects, not enough time!
If you’d like to see a more in-depth video series about making masks with the shop towel mache, visit this page and scroll down to see the Commedia del Arte Mask – Pantalone videos.
And click here for the recipe for the joint compound and white glue paste. (Yes, it’s the same as the home-made gesso that I use all the time. Same stuff, different way to use it.)
Next time, I’ll finish the lizard dude, then I have a bird to make with the epoxy clay, maybe a mouse, and after that, who knows? What would you like to see next? Do you have any suggestions for me?