Super Easy Mask
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Create Your Masquerade Mask Armature
First, you will need a work space where you can leave your mask to sit over night and dry. You will need to prepare your paper strips and paper mache paste for stripping. Tear your newspaper into 1.2" inch strips and make your paste
Start by blowing up your 9" balloon to use as your mask armature.
You will dip each strip into the paste and slide the strip between your fingers to knock off the excessive paste. Place your wet strips onto your balloon and rub out any air bubbles; you want it nice and tight against the balloon.
Lay three to four layers of strips to create your mask armature, and then set it aside to dry completely over night.
Then next day your mask will be completely dry, now add 20 more layers of paper mache strips to your mask armature. I thin out the strips toward the edges of my mask so it is easy to cut later. I cut an inch off around the edge after all my newspaper layers are dry.
These layers will dry and you will have a rock solid mask. The mask will be approximately 1/4" thick.
Creating Your Masquerade Mask
I like to draw my eyes to get placement and work from there to create the holes. I drilled my holes after the mask was completely dry. You can just mark on your balloon to leave as holes and not cover them with strips but I like to use power tools.
Tear small strips of news paper to lay over all the rough edges for a nice finished look.
Prime Your Mask Canvas
I use Gesso to prime my mask surface for adding acrylic paints. You can use white paint as well, it shouldn't hurt a thing.
Painting Your Masquerade Mask
After your painted mask face has completely dried, you can add a clear coat of acrylic varnish for protection and shine.
Add your bright ribbon and enjoy your masquerade ball.
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Mask Materials and Recipe
News paper strips
Paste (flour, water, & salt)
Acrylic Paints and Brushes
Paper Mache Paste Recipe
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Flour All Purpose Self Rising
Dash of Salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until creamy, not too creamy.
In the United States all these ingredients can be picked up easily, I do hope that is the case where you live and it is so nice to welcome you here.