Friday, February 12, 2010

My new goal

So, I have another goal: to make something every day. Whether it is cooking dinner (I really need to start eating healthier all the time), baking, making some craft thing, or doing some sewing. I don't have to finish something, but I have to work on something creative.

I have today off work and didn't have to work yesterday. I can't remember the last time I had two days off in a row....

So I have had lots of time for making stuff. Yesterday I baked delicious banana muffins.

Then I made some paper mache paste. I know it looks like a jar of 'life' but I swear it's glue.

I found a great recipe on a page I can't remember but it's really easy. One part flour to five parts water. Boil for three minutes, add some salt so it doesn't go mouldy and that's it. Easy peasy.

One of my friends is gonna have a masquerade party in a week so I need a mask. So today I paper mached my face...


The first layer was difficult - it wouldn't really stick to my skin. The following layers were fine though, paper sticks to paper much better. I gave myself a beak. It was actually quite enjoyable. Until I waited for an hour for it to dry. Then taking it off... It stuck to my face! I have huge red marks on my face. It was kind of like using those pore cleansing strips except on 2/3 of my face! Painful. I even lost four eyebrow hairs... So if you are going to do something like this it is probably a good idea to coat your face in Vaseline first. I don't even know if Vaseline is for sale in Hungary...

I haven't decided how I will decorate it yet. Maybe I will paint it, maybe I will cover it in fabric, or feathers! 

It is funny looking at it. My face is smaller than I thought.... 

If I paint it I want it to be smooth. Is it possible to sand paper paper mache? Or will it make it fall apart?

I think it will be black. I'm going to wear this black dress which I finally fixed (now the bodice fits great and I can actually breathe).


  1. Would love to see the complete mask! The birdie mask looks great!

  2. I couldn't figure out how to cover the papier mache mask nicely (I tried sticking on cotton wads and then the shape got distorted...) so I made another one out of felt. I found some beautiful tiny shiny beads in the craft shop so I started beading it. I wanted to cover the entire thing. I spent HOURS on it and only got a little part of it covered. I was stressing about not being able to finish it in time. Then my friend came over, saw it, and was like there is no way you are gonna finish that. So I made a third mask out of some scrap fabric from my dirndl and it was a success! I really need to take some pictures!


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