Malachite Cat Mask Tutorial

Carnevale - Mardis Gras - Faschings: It's that time of year! My friend and I set up a couple of work days in my home studio to do this and 5 others. We used a spray-dye technique, with a Preval Portable Spray Gun and Procion Dyes and Masks from Dharma Trading. The way I'd intended to decorate this mask didn't happen.  The outcome was a complete surprise! See below for my partner's Very Clever Way to cut air holes in them,  because they fit so closely to your face.

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To cut breathing holes in your mask:

Breathing holes in the nose

1. Draw pattern with pencil.

Exacto knife and score before cutting

2. Cut with exacto knife. Score lightly at first; punch and saw after 3rd full cut.

Smooth with nail file

3. Smooth edges with metal nail file.

To decorate your mask:

Step 1: Spray several coats of green dye, letting it run off and pool on a diagonal. Let dry between coats because surface mask coating aborbs unevenly.

Spray several coats of green

Step 2: Spray red-violet, also on diagonal, and let it absorb between coats.

Spray red-violet letting dry in between

Step 3: Brush thin coat of mod podge to seal.

Apply sealant

Step 4: Add "veining" with acrylic gold paint, along the flow lines. Edge eye and noseholes in gold.

Paint in acrylic gold veins

This passes the "Torchlight Test" for Mardis Gras. The combination of metallic gold and high gloss finish catch the ambient light.

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