How to Make Masks!

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Recently I searched mask-making and came across a YouTube tutorial posted by Jonni Good. She was so thorough and made her techniques look so easy; I couldn’t wait for her to post the next segment of the process. After watching all three YouTube posts on her Pantalone mask, I bought this book. Great recipes for gesso and paste that are über easy and inexpensive. The author’s explanations in the book are as concise and understandable as her tutorial videos – really, really good stuff! Lots of great photos. I recommend this book for paper mâché artists at any level.

Amazon Reader Review

Learn how to make paper mache masks easily and quickly with these new techniques and over 300 step-by-step photos.

Make one of the 12 popular mask styles in the book. Once you learn these methods, you can use them to create your own unique designs for a play, Halloween, Mardi Gras – or just for fun.

Start out with a simple mask form and oil-based clay, and sculpt the features of your masks. The author shows you how. Then cover your sculpture with just two layers of super-strong, fast-setting paper mache, using the recipes included in the book. The clay can be used over and over again, and each mask you make will be a one-of-a-kind original.

When the paper mache is dry, use an easy painting method to make your sculpted mask look like it’s made out of fur or feathers, antique gold, ancient bone, rusted iron, glazed porcelain, or carved and highly polished wood.

The innovative methods in this book are easy, the materials cost just pennies per mask, and your new creations will be even more fun to make than they are to wear. This book takes the art of paper mache masks to a whole new level.

Middle school students can make a mask using the ideas in the book. The book has also been used as a starting point for many amateur theater groups, by high school drama classes, and by adults of all ages looking for a new craft or hobby.


How to Make Masks! is available now on

Paperback: 102 pages
Publisher: Wet Cat Books (January 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0974106542
ISBN-13: 978-0974106540
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches

Book Categories: Paper Mache and Sculpture