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Making and Using Homemade Masks

mixed media journal page with outlines of 4 women filled in with various media

I got this idea from Dina Wakely who  is a well known mixed media artist and teacher. For this page I used a homemade mask. 

To make a mask, look for a picture of a person (or anything else you like) from a magazine or from a printout. Then take packing tape and cover both sides of the image. Cut it out and you have a waterproof mask.

A mask is the opposite of a stencil. When using a stencil you paint or spray inside a shape while a mask is the shape itself and you spray around it. (masks are the inside part of cut out stencils). To make the  mask for the page above I cut a model out of a fashion magazine,.

  • I used a 2 page spread in a large ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐dylusional journal I was using
  • I placed the woman 4 different times in a row across the spread.
  • I sprayed  one, wiped off the mask and then sprayed another few colors of ink over the mask each time I put it down.
  • Once the ink was dry I was able to add stuff to the empty spaces that I had masked off.
  • On the first one I stamped some images and then colored in parts of it. The second I collaged bits of fabric to give an illusion of a dress. The third one was random writing and the fourth one was a bit different.
  • I had noticed that the masks were full of ink after I sprayed so I turned over the mask onto the last empty spot on the page, getting a bunch of the green onto the page before spraying a bit over it. I  then made circles with my favorite white pen.
  • I then outlined some and did some other random things around the page.

I got so excited with this method of making my own masks that I started making a bunch more and below are some of the people masks I created. Make sure when you choose images for this that the arms and legs are not close to the body otherwise you won't see the outlines.

people covered with packing tape to create masks

Pinnable image below

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