Plastic Canvas Mardi-Gras Mask
Posted October 22, 2009on:
How To Create A Plastic Canvas Mardi-Gras Mask
The blank plastic canvas Mardi-Gras mask at the very bottom of this article is a template you can use to create your own original Mardi-Gras mask design, using 10 count plastic canvas and embroidery floss.
Designing your own mask can be fun and rewarding.
Countless interesting designs exist, you just need to know where to look for ideas you can model and modify. If you are having trouble coming up with some ideas for designing the Mardi-Gras mask, don’t worry. Fortunately, there are a few places to come up with ideas. Do a search on Google Images for Mardi-Gras masks, or search the internet.
I found my simple solution to this problem when my husband and I went to the Orleans casino in Las Vegas to watch a movie and I found a jackpot of masks in one of the gift shops. I took pictures of them to help me come up with ideas later on.
Notice that each mask below is very unique. You can use them to come up with your own unique ideas, just like I do. Sketch your ideas out on a piece of paper until you get it just right and decide on which colors of embroidery floss you want to use. I have given you a blank template for the mask below. When you have finished sketching your pattern, cut out the above template from your piece of 10 count plastic canvas, and work your design into it.
Below is a picture of one of my most recent original Mardi-Gras mask creations without feathers so you can see what it looks like.
Materials: 1 sheet 10 count plastic canvas
Rooster neck hackle feathers or Schlappen feathers…found on eBay
Floss: your choice of colors
Instructions: Cut two 49 X 57 (work one)
If you want to insert feathers, whipstitch the top of the head separately on both front and back pieces. This will create an opening for you to insert the feathers. Then whipstitch the front and back together.
Once you master your creative eyes to start looking at the myriad of patterns all around you you’ll go absolutely crazy with new ideas for plastic canvas mask patterns.
If your variation of the pattern turns out to be as striking in your new plastic canvas project as it was in the original place you found it, you might even have a plastic canvas pattern that will turn out to be a fantastic seller. You can submit the masks you make to a major plastic canvas crafts publisher along with photographs of the finished project. Who knows? It could result in your first sale of one of your own original plastic canvas projects! They’ll praise you for your creativity. Guess what? The more creative you get the more money they pay.
Look, with all the possibilities you should never run out of good ideas for designing and making your own original plastic canvas masks. You’ll find that you’ll soon become addicted to plastic canvas if you’re not already.
If you’d like to learn more about taking your plastic canvas crafting skills to the next level, and discover how to create your own original plastic canvas projects for fun and for profit, be sure to read about my upcoming new 350-page book, Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets. Just go to www.AddictedToPlasticCanvas.com, and while you’re there be sure to sign up to be notified when my new book is ready, and download your FREE “Patriotic Hearts” pattern at the same time.
10 count mask template
Kathy’s Flickr click on Kathy’s Flickr for a larger version of the Mardi-Gras Mask template.