Elemental Masks

October 2008

I chose the four alchemical elements as a theme for a set of masks for a masquerade ball. I used a simple papier-mache base since it was just a one-off event. I used regular acrylic paint to cover, and then decorated each mask with different methods: glued wired ribbons for fire; sediment, stones, and metallic wire for earth; brocade scales for water; and chiffon and feathers for air.

Fire Front
Fire Front
Water Front
Water Front
Air Front
Air Front
Earth Front
Earth Front
Fire Side
Fire Side
Water Side
Water Side
Air Side
Air Side
Earth Side
Earth Side
Fire Back
Fire Back
Water Back
Water Back
Air Back
Air Back
Earth Back
Earth Back
Patterns
Patterns
Papier-Mache
Papier-Mache
Gluing Fabric
Gluing Fabric
Painting the Base
Painting the Base
Painting details
Painting details