Creating Art Assemblages Using Mask Forms

Mixed Media Art Assemblag


Assemblages using simple and inexpensive mask forms

During my mask-making period, I began integrating my decorated mask forms onto boards using collage, paint, found objects, shells, beads, feathers, fabric, etc.This project was spontaneous and unfolded in a magical way.


  • Mask forms (I found nice paper forms at Dick Blick).
  • Any kind of strong supports for your assemblage, such as: pieces of wood or Masonite (Masonite can be purchased at hardware stores and cut to your desired sizes).
  • Mat medium for adhering papers.
  • Gesso for prepping your support boards.
  • Glue-gun for adding three dimensional objects.
  • Paint, paper, and ephemera—this is where you can get really creative—the list is endless.
  • Hangers for your support—you can find simple kits that make this an easy process.

The most important material in art making, of course, is your imagination.

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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