(*TAD= The Art Diaries)
I didn’t take photos from the first mask I did so I’ll just be showing how I made the second mask. If you wanted to make you own mask it’s really, REALLY easy and the following steps will show how to do it.
“The sketching stage will take about 2 hours”
First thing I did is sketch out the left side of the mask. This mask I wanted to be based on Mehindi designs, where as the last one was based on one of my favorite butterfly patterns from a Chinese patten book.
To get the right side exactly the same I took tracing paper and flipped the design over. Once I’d done that I made a few changed to the center of the design, added a few more flowers and more twirls.
What I used:
Once I’d finished drawing the mask and was sure I’d gotten all the details I wanted I started to cut it out. Just a small warning, if you’re doing this part it will take a while, (AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR FINGERS!)
I think in total for me it took about 3 hours to cut it out, so if you’re doing this you might want to consider having a few films lined up. Oh and one tip, take your time! It’s so easy for your hand to slip and to cut through a pattern you’ve just spent the last hour painstakingly cutting out.
Don’t try and cut this out in one stroke. It’s better to cut it in little strokes since that way the knife is less likely to slip.
To make this easier for anyone who wanted to make these I’ve put some downloadable templates bellow. They’re so simple to use, just download, print on the paper you want, cut it out and decorate it. Also I’ve made a DIY video bellow showing you a few ways to decorate your maks and wear them.