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Level: Middle School
Grades: 6-8 | Age: 11-14yrs | Written by: Mark Scira
[Mark has a BA fine and applied arts-Geneseo and an MS art education - Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. He taught at Hanby Middle School for eight years and is an art advocate.]

Learn how to make gargoyle masks using paper!

What You Need:

Go to the hardware store and pick up wallpaper paste, and/or ART glue. Next, go to the insulation department and find Greenstone brand insulation (there are no additives - it's just ground newspaper) You will also need sand, a container for mixing and a paper mache form (can even be a small cardboard box).

What You Do:
  1. In a large tub, add dry insulation and half a cup of sand for texture. Blend a little.
  2. Now add the wet wall paper paste (mix according to box instructions) to the dry ingredients.
  3. Begin blending until it is a clay-like consistency.
  4. Lay over a dry, pre-glue moistened paper mache form in layers.
  5. The thicker the layer, the longer it will take to dry so keep the "stone" layer to about 1/2".
  6. You can sculpt noses and eyes etc., but make sure to bond well to 1/2" layer (treat it just like real clay and score with glue to attach)
  7. Allow to dry in well ventilated place.
  8. It takes a mask about a week to two weeks to become hard as stone and fire resistant.

Recommended Books/Products:

Paper Mache Mask  (pack of 12)

Paper Mache Mask (pack of 12)

Paper mache masks ready to decorate and wear. 6"W x 8"H. Decorative items sold separately. Pack of 12.


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