Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day of the Dead Mask

Hey friends!  We've almost made it to the weekend and the end of the first week back to school.         So far so good but I have to admit, yesterday was a rough day for me.  I had three run ins with some bad juju but God got me through :D  

Okay so when I was on vacation I picked up this paper mache mask.  I started working on it on Monday night and finished it up on Tuesday.  Here is what I came up with:

I really wasn't sure how this was gonna turn out because I've never done anything like this before.    I stuck to my favorite colors and just went for it :D  I'm still gonna work on incorporating this into something, just not sure what yet.  I'm thing maybe on a canvas, we'll see......

I started by painting the base layer with gesso and then painted in the eyes with some Liquitex blue soft body acrylic.

Everything was done freehand with India Ink except for the little flowers.  I used a stamp for those then just colored them in with the soft body acrylic.

You know I had to add a little book text ;D

Well I hope you like my Dia De Los Muertos mask.  This is really different for me so I'd love to hear what you think.  Constructive criticism is always welcomed, it helps me grow as an artist so don't be shy I have thick skin ;D

Have a Wonderful Day!!!


  1. Spooky , but very nicely done. great job painting.
    DIANA L.

  2. ok i soooo totally love this!!! i love día de los muertos masks!! this would be so awesome in my classroom!!! love it

  3. WOW!!! WOW!! WOW!!!
    Norma I do not know what to say....this is incredible! your details and drawing and overall design is amazing!

  4. Norma, this is gorgeous! I love the colors and your design. I love masks but I haven't tried decorating one yet. You should put this in a display frame/box frame.

  5. WOW!!! I love day of the dead! my hubby is from mexico so it's kind of neat that I get to experience it from his point of view as well!

  6. Wow, love the mask! Just incredible! Very unique!

  7. That is really fabulous! Very cool!

  8. Oh my goodness this turned out stunning.
    I love the text you added.
    I have made a few ceramic masks years ago, but haven't tried my hand at the paper mache ones.

  9. Wow, this is amazing!! The detail you put into it is absolutely stunning!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Wow Norma! I love this! A great goth but yet pretty look! So many great details!

  11. Ohh...super cute, love the colors!

  12. Ohh...super cute, love the colors!


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