While New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras, we in the northwest can surround ourselves in color, music and art to chase away those grey sky blues. Mask making is a wonderful process and can keep little hands busy for extended periods using all sorts of glitter and glue. Make sure you have a wipe up table and plenty of room.
When we put on a mask we can be anyone we choose, especially if we design that mask ourselves. A mask can be the beginning of a story. The interactions can take place on a ‘put together’ stage. Performance practice can build confidence and style.
A mask is a minimal part of a costume. Put a small rug on the floor with room for observers to sit next to the performer and enjoy the show. Some shows are all about the building process, the performance is short lived but the creative production is marvelous. Other shows introduce an unknown but clearly talented character with no interest whatsoever in creating a mask but once it’s made it is the prop.
The Mardi Gras theme colors are green, purple and gold, that sure sounds like secondary colors to me. What would a mask look like if it were decorated in tertiary colors?
Here is a website that shows tertiary colors and other schemes of interest.
Here is a beautiful tutorial for mask making at home: