Amanda Joy Carol of Artisan Maskers has graciously agreed to share with Cable Car Couture readers how to make your own masquerade mask! If you don’t feel like “dressing up” this Halloween, donning a masquerade mask is the way to go!
We make our own papier-mache mask bases using strips of paper (generally from the scrap bin–great way to recycle, right!?), dipped in a gooey mixture of flour and water. The “recipe” we came across for the flour paste a couple of years ago, was equal parts water and flour, but you can tweak it so its wetter or drier for your preferences. You don’t need very much!
- Traditionally, Venetian papier-mache masks are pressed INTO a mold, but we prefer to build them ONTO something–your own face if you want it to fit you perfectly, or a mannequin head, etc., if you don’t want to smear goopy wheat paste all over your skin! (Note: if you ARE doing it on your face you DEFINITELY want to put vasaline on first, or it will hurt when you pull the mask off. Especially on your eyebrows!!!)
- Then you let the mask dry overnight–a couple of hours on your face should be enough before removing it, and then you can let it finish drying. You can, of course, also just purchase the mask base from any decent craft store, if you just want to skip to the “fun” part. (I believe you can also buy real Italian papier-mache mask bases online, though I am not sure where…)
- We love to decorate our masks using just about anything! Ribbons, feathers, glitter, scraps of fabric, rhinestones, seashells, pretty paper — whatever your preference! Go online, and find some masks you like if you need some ideas!
For inspiration, look no further.
“You know you sort of – glitter sometimes. I’ve just noticed it. Is it… Is it normal?”
~Tristan, Stardust by Neil Gaiman
“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.” –Confucius
“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”
“For he is Scaramouche not only on the stage, but also in the world. He has a gift of sly intrigue, an art of setting folk by the ears, combined with an impudent aggressiveness upon occasion when he considers himself safe from reprisals. He is Scaramouche, the little skirmisher, to the very life.”
-Rafael Sabatini, “Scaramouche”
And if you decide it’s too much work to make your own mask, let Artisan Maskers make one for you! Their unique masks are handcrafted and range from around $20 – 60 each. Check out the Artisan Maskers Etsy shop!
Which Masquerade mask stood out to you the most? I’m not sure I can pick a favorite!