Facilitator - Camille Hulbert, MStar Arts Creative
African Masks are used for ceremonies, rituals, initiations, performances, etc. They are made of wood, beads, textiles, etc., and of various shapes. African masks and sculptures have influenced the works of many artists around the world including Matisse and Picasso.
Thank you for joining us for our mask-making workshop titled "Africa, Fiber, and Cloth" Part 2.
In this workshop, we will be making masks using Mixed Media consisting of plant material & fabric. This is a continuation of our Africa, Fiber, and Cloth Part 1 workshop. If you missed the first section you can visit it through the button below! Part 2 will use the techniques we learned in part 1 of this workshop series.
Flower mask made by Camille Hulbert of
(c) Savannah African Art Museum
Let's Get Started
Plant Material Mask Kits are available for purchase through Camille's website. Click the image or the link below.
What You Will Need
1 Half Face Mask
1 oz. Modge Podge
2 oz. Tacky Glue
1/2 dozen Roses (dried or fresh)
Paint (Acrylic or Fabric)
Mixed Media Paper 11x10
Palette or Pallet Paper (Mix Paint)
This mask is going to be made with plant material (roses) and cotton fabric (textile).
Prepare Fabric/Cloth To Be Glued to Mask
You will use your half mask or full mask, textile/cloth and paint for the textile and paint mask. Cut from the fat quarter fabric/cloth a 9×9 square (The size of the fabric/cloth square will depend on if you make a half faced mask or a full faced mask). To prepare the textile/cloth to be glued on to the mask, you will use the modge podge, like it is paint, and paint the front and back of your fabric/cloth. Leave the fabric/cloth to dry slightly for about 5-10 minutes.(The fabric/cloth does not need to be completely dry because it is going to be used in the next step). You will do the same step for preparing the rose pedals (Please See Instructions from the Mixed Media Mask)
Glue the Rose Pedals and Textile to the Mask
Just as we did in Part 1 of our workshop, you are going to place the roses on one side of the mask like you are painting each rose pedal individually, but instead of using paint, use the modge podge for fresh rose pedals and the tacky glue for dried rose pedals.(You can refer back to step one, if you are unsure how to prepare the rose pedals to be placed on the mask). Link to PART 1
The techniques we are using to glue the rose pedals to the mask are assemblage and collage used in fiber art, textile art and fine art. You will do the same steps with the fabric/cloth on the other side of the mask.
When you finish, let your mask dry over night and then enjoy wearing your mask the next day!
Send us a photo of what you made! We would love to feature it on the workshop page!
Visual Step By Step Video
Visual step by step video coming soon