Enchanting DIY Venetian Mask Crafting in 5 easy steps

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Unveiling the Mask Marvel: A Fun DIY Venetian Mask Crafting Adventure!

Hey there, crafty friends! Get ready for an exciting journey into the world of DIY Venetian mask crafting. Today, I’m really excited to share with you the awesome story of how I turned a plain papier-mache mask into a stunning masterpiece. So, grab your crafting supplies and let’s dive into this adventure filled with creativity, fun, and a sprinkle of magic!

It all started when I stumbled upon a simple papier-mache mask on Amazon for just £7. As someone who adores masquerades and the mystery of Venetian masks, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Inspired, as Artemis pointed out, by the Phantom of the Opera, I envisioned transforming this mask into something truly special – with one side dark and mysterious, and the other light and enchanting.

To bring my vision to life, I gathered my trusty paints from La Magic in Monsieur, Pepper Blue, and Cotton. But the real magic began when I grabbed the Posh Chalk Decoupage called Telegram, thanks to my talented artist friend Jonathon Mark Mendes. This amazing piece features beautiful script and patterns that added a touch of elegance to my DIY Venetian mask project.

Step 1. Painting the mask

Now, let’s delve deeper into the crafting process in this DIY Venetian mask. Painting the mask was just the beginning of its transformation. I painted half the mask in Cotton by La Magic Paint, and the other half in Pepper Blue and Monsieur.

Drying the paint

The application of white paint served as a foundation, enhancing the vibrancy of the decoupage that would follow. This essential step not only provided a blank canvas but also ensured that the colours would stand out, creating a captivating visual impact.

Step 2. The Posh Chalk Decoupage application

As for the decoupage application, it was a meticulous endeavour that required precision and patience. I laid out the Telegram Posh Chalk Decoupage paper in the A3 size and ripped it apart into manageable pieces after marking it with a water pen. I carefully selected sections that would complement the contours of the mask.

With the assistance of Posh Chalk Infusor, each piece was delicately affixed, creating a seamless fusion of design and form. This is the beauty of the Posh Chalk Decoupage, it’s durable so doesn’t rip easily, and thanks to flexible fibres, it’s great for wrapping round contours without too much wrinkling.

The result was a symphony of script and patterns that breathed life into the mask, adding depth and intrigue to its appearance. Now the DIY Venetian mask was really starting to shape up.

Step 3. The WoodUbend application

Moving on to the WoodUbend application,  these versatile embellishments proved to be the perfect choice for adding intricate details to the mask. Now, if you don’t know what WoodUbend is, let me briefly explain. WoodUbend is a heat bendable moulding material made from a unique blend of natural products. When heated, WoodUbend becomes pliable and can be easily manipulated to fit contours and shapes. It adheres to almost any surface including wood, metal glass, and plastic as long as you use a good quality wood glue such as our own WoodUglue.

Once cooled, it retains its shape, providing a durable and long-lasting finish. So, WoodUbend has all the properties of wood, and can be drilled, sanded, stained, painted and of course can be flexed in any direction when it is heated.

Back to the mask! WoodUbend florals, WUB1479 and WUB2082 are versatile embellishments that proved to be the perfect choice for adding intricate details to the mask as they are thin, and exceptionally pretty!  This unique property of becoming pliable when heated allowed for effortless manipulation, enabling me to mould them to fit the mask’s curves and edges with ease.

All WoodUbend mouldings come with a handy board in their packaging which you should not throw away! You can warm your WoodUbend up on the board, decant your glue, mix your paints on them, or just use them to safely store your mouldings in your crafting stash.

Once I’d warmed the floral patterns up, I flipped them over and applied a generous layer of WoodUglue, which is our our very own specially formulated glue, but of course you can use any good quality wood glue with the mouldings.

This flexibility not only facilitated the crafting process but also ensured a flawless integration of the floral motifs, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the DIY Venetian mask project.

Once I’d fitted the WUB2082 on the forehead of the mask and moulded it to the contours, I started to dry fit some other designs. I grabbed a pair of long scrolls WUB1582, and did intend on placing one of the pair, under the left hand eye socket of the mask, but it just didn’t look right. So, I continued to warm up and apply the WUB1479’s – the gorgeous little poppies.

Now it’s very important to point out here that the WoodUbend mouldings start to cool down if you are chatting away (like you do when you’re crafting, if there is anyone in the room to listen to you that is!) So, it’s very important to heat the WoodUbend in-situ once more and give them a good push & squeeze on the surface to make sure they have adhered seamlessly. If any glue expels from underneath the mouldings, just wipe it away with a wet paintbrush or baby wipes).

I added another WUB2082 floral design down the cheek and across half of the chin which looked awesome…well I think so!  You can see in the image below just how nicely the WoodUbend has taken to the contours of the mask.

Step 4. Painting the WoodUbend

With the WoodUbend florals securely in place, it was time to infuse my creation with colour. Monsieur and Blue Pepper were back on the scene as I used my Posh Chalk Mouldings pointy brush to paint into all those intricate details of the embellishments and then dried it carefully with the heat gun.

If you are using a heat gun to dry your crafting products, remember to keep the gun moving at all times and keep a safe distance; there is a naked flame inside the tip of the gun which can be fierce. Alternatively you can use a hair dryer which is a lot safer, but does take longer.

Step 5. Finishing touches & sealing

With the painting out of the way, it was now time to bring all the detail to life with, yes you’ve guessed it, Bling!

Drawing inspiration from the Venetian palette, I carefully selected hues of blues, greens and golds to adorn the floral motifs. I grabbed my Posh Chalk Pigments in Pale Gold and gradually added Posh Chalk Infusor until I got a thick, yummy mix of liquid gold paste. Taking a small flat brush I loaded it with the gold mixture, and offloaded a little on the brown paper I had in front of me. I didn’t want that gold dripping down into the crevices of the detail; rather I wanted it to sit proud on the tips as I lightly brushed over the peaks of the mouldings.

DIY Venetian Mask Crafting

Through a delicate blending of shades and tones, I sought to evoke a sense of elegance and sophistication, mirroring the timeless beauty of Venetian mask craftsmanship. I applied some Posh Chalk Aqua Patinas in Blue Fhthalo and Primary Green into the petals of the WoodUbend poppies which further enhanced the visual appeal, imbuing the mask with a luminous sheen and depth of character.

Once I dried all the layers of Pigments and Aqua Patinas, I decided the whole appearance of the mask needed toning down a tad. A touch of Posh Chalk patina in Ebony Noir added dimension and contrast, accentuating the intricate details of the mask.

Meanwhile, a generous application of Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax served to seal the project, providing protection and durability while imparting a subtle lustre to the finished piece. The culmination of these finishing touches elevated my creation to new heights, transforming it into a true work of art that exuded charm and allure in my DIY Venetian mask crafting project.

And there you have it – a comprehensive overview of our DIY Venetian mask crafting adventure! From the humble beginnings of a papier-mache mask to the stunning masterpiece it has become, this journey has been a testament to the power of creativity, imagination, and a dash of magic of which I enjoyed every minute.

I hope that my story inspires you to embark on your own crafting endeavours, discovering the joy and satisfaction that comes from bringing your visions to life.

With love and laughter,

SollyJo

P.S If my blogs inspire you, and you get round to trying some of these techniques and products, I would love to see them in the Creations community we have.  There are over 25,000 members who post daily.  You’ll also find lots of creators in there who have post some wonderful projects.  It truly is an inspiring group with lots going on.  You can join here and best of all it’s free!

Products Used:

Posh Chalk Deluxe Decoupage Telegram in A3 by Jonathon Marc Mendes.  There’s also a great snappy video here showing Jonathon using his paper on a bathroom nick knack makeover here

Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor

Posh Chalk Pigments in Pale Gold

Posh Chalk Aqua Patina in Primary Green

Posh Chalk Aqua Patina in Blue Fhthalo

WoodUbend floral motif WUB2082 

WoodUbend long scrolls WUB1582

Pack of five WUB1479, poppies.

Posh Chalk Patina in Black

Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax

Posh Chalk Wax brush 

Posh Chalk Mouldings brush

La Magic Paint in Cotton, Monsieur & Blue Pepper

Watch the makeover in the short video here on Youtube

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