Wednesday, June 27, 2012

White Rabbit Mask

Copyright 2012, Julia Cellini
                               (This mask is for sale in my Etsy shop. Click here to see the listing!)

This white rabbit mask is a spooky and dramatic addition to the fairytale store's mask collection! Like the Fairytale Wolf Mask, it is one of my more difficult designs to make. 

Inspiration:
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

John Tenniel's original illustrationhttp://www.alice-in-wonderland.net

About the Mask:

The first step in making the white rabbit mask, is to start with a basic mask shape. I form my masks out of paper mache, though there are lots of different materials that masks can be made of, like leather, plastic, or fabric. See my tutorials page to learn more about paper mache and how to use it.

The shape of the nose and eyes are formed using the paper mache pulp method. The ears are formed separately and then attached before the final form dries. 

When the mask is dry, I seal it with white primer which makes the mask durable and makes it ready for the final paint coat. 

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When all of the painting is finished, I add the details with glitter and seal it with a wood sealer or other sealing paint. 

The final step is to add the monocle which is made from recycled clear plastic and a bit of miniature Christmas tree garland. This is also when the stick or ribbon is attached to the finished mask.

Here are some pictures of this mask being worn! 

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Any questions? Leave a comment below or send an email to juliasfantasyart@gmail.com.








Monday, June 25, 2012

Fairytale Wolf Mask

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The Fairytale Wolf mask is one of my first designs, it remains a favorite. I have a lot of fun with it. :)

Copyright 2012, Julia Cellini
(A masked mask, Ha ha)

Inspiration: 


The many fairy tales with wolves in them. 


About the Mask:


I start by forming the mask shape out of paper mache, a sculpting medium which uses strips of paper soaked in a special glue. It can be made as strong as wood with enough layers. This is the most difficult mask that I make because the weight of the nose has to equal the weight of the ears and head in order for someone to comfortably wear it. The ears are shaped separately and attached while the form is still wet. It takes hours to get everything perfect. 

When the shape is finished and dry, I seal it with white primer. This also serves as a base for the final colors. 

Once the final painting is finished, I put a thin layer of glue on the white parts and sprinkle clear glitter over it. The glitter is subtle, but gives the mask a more fantastical, mystical look. Then I add the detail around the eyes, ears and nose, with gold leaf paint and a thin paintbrush. 

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 Finally, the last step is to seal the finished mask with wood or acrylic sealer. This must be done carefully so that it doesn't smudge the glitter off. 


Here are some fun, spooky photos of what the mask looks like on!


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                           (The red satin cape is also for sale in my shop at Etsy.com. Click here to see the listing.)
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Art Masks- Cinderella and Emerald City



Cinderella Art Mask

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Emerald City Art Mask

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The Cinderella and Emerald city art masks are my most recent designs. I absolutely love the way they came out!

My inspiration:  Cinderella's Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort! I have never been there myself, but maybe someday! 
http://wallpaperhqdownload.com





The Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz: I haven't been here either, unfortunately...    




http://magicianofoz.blogspot.com




About the masks:

I formed these masks using paper mache on my home made plaster mask mold. That mold was a total pain to make by the way! I don't know if you can buy ready made, or custom mask molds, but if you can and you're planning on mask making, I strongly recommend it. ;)

-This style of mask is called Columbina.
Columbina masks are meant to cover only the eyes and top part of the face. These masks are thought to have originated in the 15th century, made for people who wanted to wear their masks as a beautiful and ornate decoration rather than a disguise. Read more about columbina masks here: http://www.italymask.com


After the masks were formed and dried, I sealed them with a coat of white primer. Then the real painting begins!

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                                  Attention to detail is very important to me. ;)


The Finished Masks!


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