Mask created by Helen (xothique.deviantart.com)
Level: Middle School
Grades: 6-8 | Age: 11-14yrs | Written by: Mark Scira
[Mark has a BA fine and applied arts-Geneseo and an MS art education - Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. He taught at Hanby Middle School for eight years and is an art advocate.]
Learn how to make gargoyle masks using paper!
What You Need:
Go to the hardware store and pick up wallpaper paste, and/or ART glue. Next, go to the insulation department and find Greenstone brand insulation (there are no additives - it's just ground newspaper) You will also need sand, a container for mixing and a paper mache form (can even be a small cardboard box).
What You Do:
- In a large tub, add dry insulation and half a cup of sand for texture. Blend a little.
- Now add the wet wall paper paste (mix according to box instructions) to the dry ingredients.
- Begin blending until it is a clay-like consistency.
- Lay over a dry, pre-glue moistened paper mache form in layers.
- The thicker the layer, the longer it will take to dry so keep the "stone" layer to about 1/2".
- You can sculpt noses and eyes etc., but make sure to bond well to 1/2" layer (treat it just like real clay and score with glue to attach)
- Allow to dry in well ventilated place.
- It takes a mask about a week to two weeks to become hard as stone and fire resistant.
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