Two days before my sons’ Winter Formal, they asked me to make them a one-of-kind masquerade mask. Without a lot of time to build a mask from scratch, I decided to add air dry clay details to a pre-made paper mask.
What You’ll Need:
- Creative Paperclay
- paper mask (I bought this Creatology White Paper Half Mask at Michaels)
- clay tools
- 100 grit sandpaper
- paint brushes
- acrylic paint and varnish
- elastic cord or ribbon
- Roll out thin snakes of clay and attach to the mask with little dabs of water.
- Blend the edges of the clay with your finger or a clay shaping tool.
- Add small details in clay with water and the blending technique.
- Allow to dry completely.
- Sand any imperfections as needed.
- Coat with a thin layer of gesso. Gesso will give you a nice even surface for painting. Allow the gesso to dry completely.
- Paint base coat and details. Allow to dry completely.
- Coat with a thin layer of high gloss varnish and allow to dry completely.
- Add elastic cord or ribbon.
You can also add feathers or gems as desired, but for my quick gentleman’s mask, I opted to leave off the embellishments.
Have you had to make a last minute masquerade mask too? Share your frustrations in the comments below!