Decorating the face - 1

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Decorating the Face 1

 

  • You can decorate the face of your mask by drawing some tattoo designs or scarification marks on the light side of the face.
  • These decorative markings are often used on masks to communicate coded information or social status.
  • They can also represent magical or religious power.

 

Decorating the face - 2

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Decorating the Face 2

 

  • Cut out the tattoo or scarification marks, flip them over and place them on the opposite side of the design to create a decorative symmetrical arrangement.
  • Symmetrical arrangements of line, shape and form in masks evoke a sense of integrity and dignity.

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Kuba mask in the form of a woman's face from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kuba mask in the form of a woman's face from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo: © Ji-Elle