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Gargoyle Masks

Gargoyle Masks
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Learn how to make gargoyle masks using paper.

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.]

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) OR – you can use a product called ClayCrete (see link below).

You will also need sand, a container for mixing and a paper mache form (can even be a small cardboard box).

What You Do:

  1. In a large tub, add dry insulation and half a cup of sand for texture. Blend a little.
  2. Now add the wet wall paper paste (mix according to box instructions) to the dry ingredients.
  3. Begin blending until it is a clay-like consistency.
  4. Lay over a dry, pre-glue moistened paper mache form in layers.
  5. The thicker the layer, the longer it will take to dry so keep the “stone” layer to about 1/2″.
  6. 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)
  7. Allow to dry in well ventilated place.
  8. It takes a mask about a week to two weeks to become hard as stone and fire resistant.


Mask created by Helen (

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