River of Creativity 03 No Hearts or Mushy Stuff

Belated happy 4th of July to all my American friends did you all have a great independence celebration?  Today the 5th sees the start of our latest challenge for you all at River of Creativity.   This time our challenge is No Hearts or Mushy Stuff, so no lovely dovey messages or hearts of any size.

Not as tall an order as you might think!  Take a look at the very accomplished creations of the design team.  I turned to an old favourite a mask.

Over the years I've done a lot of paper mâché masks using a variety of mediums.  Never before has air dry clay featured on one.   Lots of moulded clay pieces were made and a selection used here.

Once the clay was ready a piece of 1" wide hessian cut to fit around the edge of the mask form and a piece of white cotton lace cut to go over it.  A piece of rolled tee shirt material cut to lay over the face.  Bronze Powertex covered the whole to the mask surface and then the 3 natural fibre materials soaked in more of the powertex and placed on the mask.  I had already decided where the clay pieces would go be before they were added they too were covered with Powertex.

The powertex dries within an hour or so and given that this was mostly not very absorbent surfaces it probably took a lot more time.  When it was dry enough Alchemy Wax in Bronze touched over raised surfaces like the cotton lace and the clay moulded pieces.  A little was also added to the lips and the rim of the eye sockets.  It still felt a little plain so using a quickie glue pen some lines were added to the forehead area of the mask and gilding flakes added, the same technique was used on the outline of the upper lip.

I have quite a stash of broken jewellery, a necklace from this pile provided the little beaded section which also neatly covers the hessian and lace join on the top of the mask.

This is my DT piece then for River of Creativity I'd like to share it with:

Crafters Cafe - #269 Anything Goes and thank you for choosing my entry last time.

Creative Artiste - #73 Always Anything Mixed Media Goes

613 Avenue - #7-2021 Always Anything goes, the optional twist this month is Watercolour so obviously I am not playing the twist,    yet!

Love to Craft - #60 Anything Goes

We Love 2 Create - #7-2021 Always Anything Mixed Media Goes

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  1. You have always done masks so expertly Zoe as this beautiful piece testifies, so much detail and love that it's all in the one coppery tone with just those hints of variation.

    B x

  2. Wow Zoe, she is lovely and beautifully crafted x

  3. Fabulous mask love all the details and embellishments.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  4. Zoe, I LOVE all your masks, but this one is just full of amazing detail! You have such talent my friend <3 XO

  5. This is striking Zoe, I do love working with Air Dry Clay, the alchemy wax really brings out the detail. Makes a great feature on your wall.
    Thank you for sharing @ Creative Artiste best wishes in the challenge Tracey (DT)

  6. Awesome artwork. Love that you didn't over decorated the mask. I do that sometimes with my pieces. Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  7. Amazing creation and wonderful metallic effect. So glad you shared with us at the Crafters Cafe, come again soon. CarolG

  8. Fabulous altered mask, looks awesome..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  9. That is a gorgeous mask. I love how you made the mask itself look metallic. Great embellishments also. As I am guest designing this month at Creative Artiste MM, let me say thanks for joining this challenge. hugs-Erika

  10. How interesting it is to read how you’ve created this wonderful mask. It definitely looks like it’s made of metal. A very creative art piece.

  11. Wonderful. The overall designs and metallic look are amazing. Thank you for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create AJ DT @ APtS

  12. Amazing! Thanks so much for your beautiful submission to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah,
    A Place To Start, Owner
    613 Avenue Create, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    The Color of Cards, Owner

  13. Very creative and unique Zoe x.

  14. Congratulations, you were selected as at TOP ROCKER for the week of July 4th-10th at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks so much for your amazing submission to our challenge. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing more of your work this month. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!

    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  15. Wow, what an amazing mask! I love the elements that you added with the metallic lustre finish - perfect 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Artiste! Hugs, Jo x

  16. Awesome mask.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Love to Craft Challenge for July 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions


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