Even though I was born in New Orleans and practically all of my family lives there, I am embarrassed to say that I have never been to Mardi Gras. While I have definitely visited the Crescent City many times, I’ve just never quite made it down there around the Fat Tuesday festivities. Perhaps it is because I am a native, or that my roots run deep there, but I feel deeply connected to the area. I must have been channeling my loved ones last week because I became inspired to make a masquerade mask to observe the holiday in my own way. I have always found masquerade masks quite enchanting. They are beautiful and mysterious at the same time, much like the state of Louisiana itself. It is very beautiful and lush there and yet the swampy environment and mossy trees give it an almost haunted feel.
I find hand-made masks particularly interesting because each one is unique. You can embellish them with so many different things: glitter, sequins, feathers, jewels, beads, flowers, lace…so it’s super fun to express yourself with the items you select. If you would like to know how I made mine, please continue reading:
I took a trip to Michael’s and picked up my materials. Obviously you have to start out with a blank white mask, so I picked these up. I also purchased glitter and sequin glue, glitter, sequins, feathers, and ribbon. Again, as previously mentioned, you can use many different things to embellish your mask. It was fun to pick out my materials especially when it came to the color combination. I also picked up a beautiful turquoise pendant to use as well.
First I spread some newspaper out on my kitchen table. I spread the glitter and sequin glue out onto the blank white mask. Note: Using a cheap paint brush to do this would be easiest, or use a glitter glue that comes with a brush.
Next, I glued on the sequins. I applied the glue to the areas I wanted to place them. The glue stays wet for a while so you can take your time place on the sequins.
I decided to use the sequins to outline the outside of the mask as well as the eye cutouts.
Then I decided to place few more in the middle/forehead area.
Next came the silver glitter glue.
I just applied whimsical design to add interest to the mask.
To make a handle, I took one of these wooden sticks and grabbed my purple ribbon.
I wrapped the stick with the ribbon and glued each end with the sequin and glitter glue.
Then I started attaching the feathers, again, with the sequin and glitter glue.
I just added more and more…
until I was satisfied with how it looked.
I glued on some turquoise and purple ribbon to the back of each side of the mask.
Next I glued on this beautiful turquoise jeweled pendant. I really slathered on the glue because it dries clear, and I wanted to really secure the feathers on well.
Then I allowed the mask to dry over night. In the morning, I glued the stick to the back and allowed that to dry the rest of the day.
And here is the finished product!
Laissez les bon temps roulez! <3