I’ve been working on some fun new things recently, including printable digital downloads. It’s a fun and fast way to make a mask! If you need something right away, this works great since you can download it instantly and print it right away. Simply print on cardstock, cut out, and then add ribbon, elastic, or a stick. BOOM! You’re ready for your masked ball! A great looking mask doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, or take hours to make.
Masquerade Masks make a great rainy day project for kids! I remember when I was a kid, my family had a closet full of art supplies and projects. When we couldn’t play outside in the yard, all four of us kids would dig into the piles of materials and get creative. That had a huge impact on me, since I was given the freedom to create. I was always drawn to DIY kits at craft stores that promised YOU TOO CAN MAKE THIS THING IN 3 EASY STEPS!!! Those boxes filled with sequins, feathers, glitter, and all sorts of bits and pieces occupied endless hours for me. Even though I never followed the directions, those kits showed me new possibilities, and gave me a framework when I didn’t have any inspiration. So much of being creative is just creating, even when you don’t feel like it. Even when it’s ‘not good’. Especially when you don’t feel inspired.
I love working with my hands. There’s something about creating and shaping a project physically. Digital art programs are great, and allow for a fast workflow. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and several other such programs almost daily. Even when I am making digital art and projects, I end up using my Wacom tablet. I just got an iPad with the Apple Pencil, and love using that even to surf the internet. It feels more interactive to me than a mouse and keyboard. Using computers to create art adds exciting options, especially when it lets us bring things into the physical world in a new way.
I’m always amazed to think that my masquerade masks are sold around the world. That never could have happened without the internet. Now someone across the world can have a mask I designed in a few minutes. That’s amazing!
We live in such a neat time. Not only can we interact digitally with people from anywhere, we can send a file that becomes a physical item. I have a 3d Printer that I play with once in a while, and I spend a lot of time just looking at all the files people have created to 3d print. How cool is it that lines of code written somewhere else can become a kickplate for my camera?
That inspired me to find a way to make masquerade masks more accessible. Not everyone can afford a hand made leather mask, or you might have found it a day before you need it. Unfortunately shipping still takes time, even though express shipping can get my masks to most places in the world in less than a week! Now with a digital file, you can get it right away and put your own finishing touch on it.
Digital downloads are affordable too. It doesn’t matter if your kids destroy it in minutes. Print another! Use recycled materials to test designs, or to make a different look. Paper grocery bags make great templates and test paper. Cardboard from shipping boxes, old wrapping paper, newspaper ads… we get so much extra paper in our lives. Use it as much as you can!
Use this digital file to transfer a pattern onto felt or craft foam for a different style mask. They give a different fit and feel from paper, and form to your face better.
All these options are vegan friendly too!
More designs are coming soon, including a super hero style mask, a dragon, and other animals. What mask design do you want to see as an instant download?
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