Designing an African Mask

African Mask Design in two tone paper collage


  • This step by step lesson will help you to create an African tribal mask as a simple paper collage.
  • Our lesson is presented in easy to follow steps which guide you through the process of creating a mask design like the one above.
African Mask Design with textured effect

What you will learn

  • Basic collage techniques.
  • How to simplify and stylize shapes.
  • The expressive power of simple shapes.
  • The balance and interaction of positive and negative shapes.
  • The use of symmetry in design.
  • The effects of color, pattern and texture on your design.
African Mask Design  with metallic card

Adapting the lesson

  • You can customize the way that your mask design will look by using different materials.
  • Gold and silver metallic card is used in the design above and the result changes from an African to a sci-fi vibe.
  • You can adapt the color, pattern and texture of your mask to enhance its expressive power and visual impact.