When I decided to end my "mask factory" I had a list of things I wanted to do when I returned to making art.
The funny thing is, I wanted to make masks! I didn't connect the two ideas until today.
So, in mixed media art, there are "stencils" and "masks". If you have a stencil, the areas that will print are cut out. With masks, the area you print will be the outline of the image. I had this photo of my nephew who was wearing a cowboy hat and his shadow was projected on the ground. I loved the image. So I printed out the photo and traced it on a sheet of overhead transparency plastic I had in my stash. (you could use anything -- mylar, etc). I cut it out and painted the edges with acrylic black paint.
The image on the left is the mask, on the right is what it looked like on a journal page.
Simple, easy to do and fun. So look through your photos and make some original masks for your self. A fun day of art-making.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!