Our university hosted a masquerade ball yesterday, and my wonderfully creative friend
suggested that we make our own masks out of paper mache, instead of using the ill-fitting plastic ones they would be handing out at the dance. Everyone's masks were beautiful, and it was funny how our masks reflected our personalities in terms of the styles and materials we chose.
My mask is acrylic paint on a paper mache mold of my own face. I use blue satin ribbon to tie it and white rhinestones along the left-hand corner. The design was inspired by masks I saw all over New Orleans this past spring and the wonderful gallery of
Sharp-eyed whale lovers will see what whale graces this mask, and where the inspiration for the sunset came from.
I did wear this mask for the entire evening, so it's definitely showing some wear and the tail needs some wood behind it to keep it from bending.
I'd eventually like to make two more masks, just to hang with this one on my wall.
Sorry the quality isn't too great; I'm not feeling well and didn't want to go outside to photograph the mask.
This was the first time I've used a paint retardant for blending, and I absolutely loved it!