Three Hour Wolf Mask

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Is it possible to make a wolf mask in three hours?

I’ve been contacted by two different mothers recently. Their sons forgot about an art project that was due the very next day. The moms had a few minutes of panic, but both kids finished their masks in time, without any help from me.

Milo uploaded his wolf to the Daily Sculptors page (you can see his mask here). He added antlers. He didn’t tell us why, but it’s an interesting idea – why should the jackalopea have all the fun? πŸ™‚ He was the one who gave me the idea of using spray paint to make the project go faster.

I didn’t get the name of the other young fellow who forgot his homework, and he hasn’t posted a photo, but his mom told me that he got it done on time.

So we have proof that it’s possible.

But I wanted to know if I could do it, too. πŸ™‚

If you’re in too much of a hurry to watch the video, here’s how I made my wolf mask in three hours:

I used the same wolf mask pattern that the boys used. It’s a good choice, because most of my patterns would take longer, and are really intended for slightly older artists. Not older then me, obviously, but older than a sixth-grader.

I put the pattern together, and then used some 3M/Scotch masking tape instead of paper mache. Some masking tape will curl up on the corners, but the tape I happened to have worked really well. I cut some ‘fur’ along the wolf’s cheeks – I never tried that before, but I kind of like it.

Three hour black wolf mask covered with masking tape instead of paper mache.

Then I spent a few minutes rummaging around in the garage and basement, to find some black spray paint. I sprayed the mask out in the garage.

When the paint was dry, after about 20 minutes, I added just a few light grey fur marks around the eyes and on the fringe.

Adding a few details to the spray-painted black wolf mask.

Then the only thing left to do was try it on. πŸ™‚

Trying on the three hour black wolf mask. It fits. :)

The wolf mask was done five minutes before my three hour deadline was up.

I should have used that five minutes to add just a few more details, but I think he looks pretty good the way it is. Considering… πŸ™‚

So what do you think – would I get a passing grade if I turned it in for a sixth-grade art project?

2 thoughts on “Three Hour Wolf Mask”

  1. I like the black wolf very much but this is the 1st I’ve seen the grey wolf and it’s FANTASTIC! I might like to try that too. Thanks!


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