More Monday Masks

The contrast between the melting heat in the Green Room and the cool air-conditioned Create and Craft TV studio was glorious.  There seemed to be a lot of people in the studio, perhaps they were avoiding the heat elsewhere.  Dean was lovely to work with as a presenter and he is such fun and professional (the Tigger impression not withstanding!).  I hope you enjoyed the Friendly Plastic techniques for making the masks, and you picked up one or two pointers to add to your bag of ideas.

My apologies to both Christine from Enniskillen and Anne Doble (she of the quirky FP creatures featured in an earlier post); I promised to say hello to you both, and then I completely forgot, so I am saying it now – HELLO!

Thank you to everyone who emailed in to the show, and Billie your flowers were lovely.  I need to take a close up look at them!  There is a name pulled from the Cup of Chance, and the lucky winner will receive a little something in the post from me.

Here are the images of the masks that you might not have seen clearly on-screen, or want to see again.

The Phoenix mask decorated with sponged daubs of Colourful Thoughts Multi Surface paint which works on fabrics as well as paper and card (and lots of other things too).  Circles of Friendly Plastic were heated directly on to the masks.  Strips of Friendly Plastic were applied by first heating them in hot water and then laying them above and below the eyes.  Spangles were pushed into the warm plastic.  Some of these needed to be attached again with glue.  The beaded fringe was made by wrapping warm FP around knots in the cords.

The pieces of Friendly Plastic left behind from cutting out all those circles made for an interesting design to add to this domino mask.  The blue trim is made from an old zip.

Squares of Friendly Plastic were heated directly on to the mask which I had painted with the Colourful Thoughts Multi Surface Paints and a dilute wash of Mica Powders.  Little Lacework shapes were made independently and then applied.  Both the squares and the Lace shapes extend beyond the basic mask.

I thought that I should include a mask for children too, so this Tiger mask that Dean modelled so effectively is quick and easy to make, and again the basic mask has been painted with Colourful Thoughts Multi Surface paints.

This is the mask that I used to demonstrate the Foiled Fragments o Friendly Plastic on the show today.  You can also see the twisted spaghetti ropes that outline the eyes and decorate the crown.  The eyelashes are made with eyelash yarn and the cord is tubular knitted ribbon with a thick yarn stuffed up the middle.

You can see the detail of the Foiled stamped Fragments that I enhanced with Gleam metallic wax in silver and pink.


The design on this Phoenix mask was created in the same way as the stamped fragments on the mask above, and the mask is painted in halves – once side is coppery and the other red.  Each  fragment is outlined with cord.

Lacework and foiled wiggly curls adorn this mask along with simple gold circles of Friendly Plastic. 

I used the butterfly shaped mask and painted it in subtle colours, but then added adornments that are completely over the top.  Twisted spaghetti features here along with lots of glued on embellishments.

Painting a butterfly black seemed a little Alternative, but I wanted to add a bold geometric design in the Harlequin fashion.  The beads holding the ties in place are made with square ends to compliment the design.

Transfer foils decorate this mask, applied using Foil Glue (this was in the foil pack on Create and Craft, but you can purchase it separately from lots of places).  The main band across the middle is Friendly Plastic that has been textured using a texture mat once it was on the mask.  Lace trim finished the edges.

Inspired by the Talking Texture class last week, I Ooozed Fuchsia Friendly Plastic through some fancy lace net to create this Venetian Carnival inspired mask.  I also cut out the lace flowers and added them as embellishments too.  Very feminine, but really quite a simple idea.

If you are itching to ask how long it takes to make a mask, then the answer is anywhere between an hour or two to days!  the tiger mask took the shortest time (about 1 1/2 hrs), and the silver phoenix mask with the Lacework and the foiled wiggly bits took the longest as the base metallic paint layer took about 6 hours to dry fully.  Acrylic paints (Colourful Thoughts) are much quicker.

Masks are one of those things that you can completely run riot with, there is absolutely no limit to the decorative possibilities.  They can be a simple and quick as you like, or as detailed and complex as you can manage.  If you try to buy masks like these they might cost you between £50 and £200, not that there are any out there quite like these.  Nor will there be any one else wearing the same mask as you if you choose to make one yourself.

Finally, you can make more than one mask from the same paper mache form.  Try covering the form with aluminium foil and then cover it with Friendly Plastic.  Once you have your design then remove the foil and the Friendly Plastic mask will hold up all by itself (assuming you have covered enough of the mask area in the stuff!).  This way you can make lots of masks from the same paper mache shape.

That should keep you going for a little while at any rate.  I am off to put my feet up and relax for the remainder of the evening.  Before I go, I have just noticed on the Create and Craft site that today’s show will be on again at midnight tonight and 5am tomorrow.