My friend Heather and I were inspired by the dreamy bird masks in the October issue of Martha. (Have you seen it? Spectacular!) We decided to make our own masks, only instead of using crepe paper, we used the basic blank masquerade masks, paper mache, paint and assorted doo-dads from Heather's craft room. I made a barred owl!
mache to create a textured, funneling effect around the eye openings. Then I molded a short, almond shaped beak. After the paper mache dried and hardened, I painted the circles around the eyes cream and the nose a warm yellow. For "feathers", I scraped shavings of bark from a neighboring paper bark tree. I layered and glued the pieces around the eyes, snipping and crinkling the bark as I went along. At the last minute, I framed the outer layer with black feathers. I decided my owl fellow needed a nice and respectable, mustachioed look.
I had originally planned to wear it myself, but the end result evolved into something a bit more masculine. It suits Kurt quite fine but I think I ought to make him a match. Now I'm dreaming up a pretty, downy-faced barn owl mask for myself. I think the pair would also look really lovely hanging on our wall.