Making A Green Man Mask
A Green Man Mask
How do you make a Green Man mask? The Green Man is a figure of European mythology and folklore and has a spooky appearance. We thought it would be fun to show you how to make a special Green Man mask in time for Halloween.
Mask making is an all year round hobby though, and you can use the techniques here to make a mask for any celebration. The keys to success are time, patience and imagination.This little project grew and grew and with the help of artist and sculptor Oliver Tadpole (that is he behind the mask!) eventually the mask was complete! The techniques you will learn in this lens could be applied to making any papier mache mask, including Frankenstein or an old man mask.
This page tells the story!
The photos are my own and are copyright. Please do not copy!
Drawing and Measuring
Measuring to make a mask
It is vital to draw a mock up of the wearer's face first. This is so the mask will fit and the wearer can both breathe and see where he is going!
What you need to make a papier mache mask
When you make a papier mache mask, the first job is preparation, and Mew, as always, was available to oversee the purchase and ordering of materials for the job.
Trying to prevent Persian involvement in any task is impossible, so you just have to be aware of their presence and keep them away from anything toxic or unpleasant. Mew was just curious, so no harm done!
Materials and Preparation - How to prepare mask making materialsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The GreenMan on Amazon - Search for the Green Man here
You can use this search box to find masks of the Green man, books about him or anything else of interest.
Making the Green Man Mask
Basic Modelling Techniques
The basic modelling of the mask is what takes the longest as adequate drying times need to be observed. Basically, expect it to take around two to three weeks and start well in advance of when it will be needed.
The Green Man Card
Making our Green Man Mask - Mask making process step by stepClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sculpture And Modelling - Resources for sculpture and modelling
Painting the Mask
Adding colourful decorations to your green man mask
Of course we knew what the mask should look like, and hoped to provide a few more "in progress" shots. Sadly at this point the camera was lost along with these pictures.
We only have a few painting shots to show you, but you will get the idea I am sure and besides, painting the mask (once thoroughly dry) has to be individual anyway!
Painting and Adding Tapes - Finishing and fastening for masksClick thumbnail to view full-size
Papier Mache Sculpture
Finishing the Green Man Mask
Making a mask wearable.
As it was, the mask could not be worn. It was necessary to finish it off nicely to give it a more comfortable feel and a professional look. This preparation included reinforcing the inside of the mask and some sewing. The photos in the last section show some of these stages.
Finishing and PolishingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Papier Applique and Papier Mache
Applique or modelling material?
As a child, I made a papier mache dinosaur. At least that's what I was told - and I thought it was! It was actually applique. When newspaper squares are glued on in layers, that is applique. Mache involves a mix that is possible to mould like clay.
Fine modelling is possible with commercial and special mache mixes that is not achievable with applique or the scrunchy stuff we made in art classes! It is even possible to make jewellery!
This lens shows the making of a mask that uses both techniques. To make a mask like this takes a lot of work and drying time, but the result is durable. Tadpole has also used these techniques to make large models including a lecturn with a vulture on a skull. The moral? All things are possible with effort and patience! Thank you to Oliver for doing the real work - the sculpture - that got me to lens 50!
The Vulture Lecturn - A large scale vulture sculpture with paper mache
As you can see, papier mache is a technique you can adapt to make virtually anything!
OK. I promised you something different, and here it is. Many years ago when Tadpole and Company were tredding the boards it was decided to make a lecturn. Basically this allowed Oliver to rest his flute whilst reciting and looked a little less amateur than a music stand. The lecturn was made in parts for ease of transport using guttering materials and - wait for it - papier mache. The antique metal finish is a secret I shall share another day!
Or indeed a treasure? If you have had fun with paper applique and papier mache techniques, please share it here. Thank you!