For Halloween this year I dressed up as Scaramouche from commedia dell'arte. He's a rather mischievous character that gets beat up a lot.
(wiki article if you're interested: [link]
) I chose him because I love the style of mask that usually goes with him, the long nose and dark coloring. To be fancy, I added some collage after the papier mache process: music notes (Stravinsky heehee) on the forehead and a commedia dell'arte etching (it's actually of a character named Fritellino) on the nose. I also made the little hat out of felt, trying for a Spanish Don look since that's something Scaramouche would do, and it was ridiculously satisfying! I'm gonna make more little hats, they're awesome. I sewed the hat onto a bobby pin so it could stick into my hair.
Another shot of me wearing it: [link]
Process: First, I made a plaster mold of my face (for this project and for further use -- kind of nice having a second face lying around, heh) and then made a papier mache base to which I attached a cardboard nose (made from a paper towel empty roll), mached again, added the collage, and painted it all with acrylics. I wanted the mask to be dark but to have a kind of waxed wood look, so I painted in stages from light reddish brown to almost black. Then I gave the whole thing a finish with Mod Podge, something I've never worked with before but now totally love! I've been thinking up excuses to use it everywhere now, haha. It can be a glue or a finish. Anyway, to make the tie for the mask, I put grommets into each side, again something I've never done before but now find necessary. Grommets are lovely, they make the attachment look so nice and professional. The tie itself is actually black elastic that I sewed in loops through the grommets. Then I glued on the golden trim (which I should've done before sewing the ties on, eh) and then tied on the extravagant black bows. ^_^ Lastly, I made the hat, which was easy and simple and would take longer to explain than to actually do.
I'm sad I'm posting this so long after Halloween happened, but life and stuff got the better of me.
I'm getting around to writing that journal entry...