Wednesday, 12 November 2014

GD: Liz Borer Project #3 Mardi Gras Mask

"Hi again, Liz here! I'm back with my final project which is rather flamboyant! I thought we’d go out in style. It’s quite interesting because I have only used two stamps to create this design". 

I’m not sure where the mask came from (I found it hidden in a box!). It was white when I found it so I painted the whole mask, back and front, with Little BlackDress

I wanted to add some texture to the mask but I really couldn’t work out how to smooth Grunge Paste through a stencil over a curved surface. So I thought I’d try something different. I stencilled the Grunge Paste onto black tissue paper and dried it. 

The Grunge Paste and tissue paper was remarkably flexible and robust and it is possible to stick it to the curved surface of the mask using Matte Medium underneath the tissue and then again over the top to seal it in place.Tear the tissue paper into pieces that please you and attach to the mask. When dry, paint over the top with black paint again for a uniform background. Rub Sapphire and Gold Treasure Gold on to the textured areas of the mask. 

Next, I stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder the ivy image from EEB01 onto black tissue paper several time. This can be adhered to the mask in the same way as the textured tissue paper. I found that by tearing the image into smaller pieces it was possible to decorate the parts of the mask that were not textured. Using the flourishes from MXGC5, stamp several images onto black tissue paper and emboss with gold embossing powder. Cut one of these out carefully and stick over the nose. 

Paint a piece of Grunge Paper black. Stick the remaining flourishes from MXGC5 on to the Grunge Paper and cut out. Cut off the base swirls, leaving a petal shaped piece of the flourish. Cut up the centre of petal shaped piece and fold one side ever so slightly over the other to create some dimension. Stick together. This picture shows that I then stuck three of these pieces together to form half a flower shape. However, I found that it wasn’t possible to stick this to the top of my mask. It is much easier to stick each piece on individually. Use some of the left over base swirls to add extra dimension to the three petal shapes at the top of the mask. 

Background of the mask finished. 

Here’s another picture showing the swirls and flourishes at the top of the mask.

This picture shows either the whole mask or parts of the mask. This is the part where you can go absolutely crazy adding embellishments! I have added pearls, chains and metal flowers to the mask to make it look very flamboyant indeed!!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed these last three projects as much as I have enjoyed making them. I hope to be back soon. In the meantime, may I send you seasonal good cheer. Enjoy the festive season!


A huge thanks from all at PA HQ Liz for sharing this flamboyant yet elegant project. The black/gold colour combination is striking and the ornate detailing of the flourish stamp is so beautiful. Pull out that party dress and go dancing.

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Craftyfield said...

Fa-bu-lous make, the mask looks expensive and precious. Never been to Venice but this how I imagine the Carnival masks to be!

Helen said...

How flamboyant is that!! Such a clever way to lay the grunge paste onto the curved shape.

Art By Wanda said...

Wow!!! Totally fabulous!!!

Kirsten said...

It looks like a mask you'd pay a fortune for in Venice for Carnavale. It's just stunning, really, really beautiful.

Julie Lee said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Liz. The black, gold combo is so stunning. I love Venice and I have a collection of Venetian masks made from papier-mache, wood, ceramics and leather. I've always liked the idea of decorating my own and this is totally inspiring. I remember Lucy Edmondson sharing the idea of Grunge Paste on tissue for curved surfaces and going around corners and it's amazing how flexible it can be used like this. Thank you for a wonderful three 'makes'. xxx

kjjc said...

This is absolutely stunning.

APG Jamie said...

it's wonderful and magical

I love that you tried the tissue paper - very clever & I must add that to my bag of ticks. Love

thank you for sharing!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Liz you are always so inspiring and your last three makes are no exception. Truly stunning! Xx

Steven said...

What a novel idea! Might start going to mardi gras events now!!

craftimamma said...

Wow, Elizabeth this is wonderful! Oohing and Aahing all the way through your fab post! Love the GP on tissue technique but the whole project gives so many useful techniques. Awesome finale!

Lesley Xx

massofhair said...

Opulent and wondrous, a magical make:-) xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is another stunner from you, Liz, and makes me wish I had a Venetian ball to go to as this would look like something you had paid a fortune for!

Lucy x

mamablitger said...

Doh gosh.. This mask is stunning and AMAZING 😓!!!! Fantastic result yu achieved using these techniques. Will keep this bookmarrked for future inspiration.
Thabnk you for sharig.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

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You are truly a very talented lady. Dee x

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...
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Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Incredible! It looks like something you might buy while visiting Vienna, Italy. Ingenious using tissue paper as a substraight to get the grunge paste texture onto the curved surface!

Kezzy said...

WOW WOW WOW yet another absolutely stunning gorgeous piece of art. I love the details of the mask, really amazing. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx

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