Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Vintage paper mache mask: Getting foxy with it

It's about to get real foxy up in here y'all. I wanted to try and show you guys how I was able to create my own vintage fox mask for the little man's new art wall.

With the assistance of the Hubs, we were able to create this little sly guy only having to purchase a mask from the craft store for less than $2.

We also needed: scrap pieces of cardboard, masking tape, scissors, black sharpie, paper, paper mache paste, acrylic paint and sponge brushes to complete the project (all of which I already had). 

The most important and difficult step of the entire mask making process was to build up the shape and look of a fox. We viewed pictures of vintage fox masks online and mimicked their shape by cutting out cardboard and using masking tape to attach and build it up (before covering the entire mask with paper and paper mache paste). 

After letting it completely dry, I painted the entire mask with a cream base coat of paint.

Then it got real fun for me. I was able to build layer upon layer of paint in different browns, reds, and oranges to create the look I wanted. Reminding myself the entire time that this would never look perfect because it's not supposed to. In fact, the more imperfect the more vintage it seemed to feel.

I even busted out the trusty black sharpie we all know I love so much and used it for a little highlighting and dot making. (This is not a necessary step)

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the look...the price...and it only took Saturday and parts of Sunday to complete (due to drying times). Now I am debating making another one or two animal mask friends...we will see how ambitious I am feeling when the weekend rolls around.

I hope you are all having a fantastic week... I'm counting down the hours until I get to go see Tab Benoit perform tonight. Can't wait to get my New Orleans music on. I'll be the crazy white gal who is busting inappropriate moves that embarrass myself. Can't wait!


  1. this is fantastic. i just think of this now:

    have fun busting those moves :D

  2. You're the second person to show me this video. So fantastically hilarious! You're the best! And you know I'm going to bust those moves girl. Xoxoxo

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