Fun with shop towels and newspaper
So it’s Halloween time again and my wife wants to go as Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf tagging along. I looked long and hard online for a big bad wolf mask that wasn’t made out of sweat inducing rubber and that had the Tex Avery cartoonish look I envisioned. No luck.
Well it must be time to make one, and the simplest and cheapest way is paper maché. The basic structure was made from thin foamcore board and a couple of layers of newspaper were added with a final layer of blue shop towel. I should have used the shop towel from the get go because it stretches nicely around curves and other areas. For paper maché glue I relied on the age old standby of flour and water. It works really well and no actual glue is needed.The only way to apply paper maché is with bare hands. Very messy, kinda’ gooey, and way more fun than I expected. Clean up is easy since it’s only flour and water.
I didn’t have any gesso so I thinned sheetrock joint compound down with a lot of water to paint on a final finish coat whichI sealed with a spray coat of shellac when dry. Then I moved on the actual painting and finishing which was a combination of brushed on craft paint and airbrushed highlights. The teeth were made from air-dry clay. All in all, a nice light weight mask.
Of course since my wolf is Tex Avery style he’ll be wearing a zoot suit. Hey, he may be a wolf but he’s an urbane wolf.
Okay, I know there’s no woodworking here but I did use shop towels and I did work in my shop. And, paper is made from trees so I could argue that wood is actually involved. Doesn’t that count for something?
Dragons slain. Damsels rescued. No reasonable request refused ... unless the dragon's really big. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~Oscar Wilde http://profhenrys.blogspot.com