Adapting your mask design - 1

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Adapting your Design 1

 

  • Using different combinations of colored cards will affect the mood of the mask.
  • Color has a strong effect on our emotional response and it may also be used symbolically.
  • Two tones of green have been used on this mask to suggest the color of the forest.

 

Adapting your mask design - 2

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Adapting your Design 1

 

  • Use different techniques to change the effect of your design.
  • Sheets of card could be sprayed with colored inks at the start of the project.
  • This technique will create a more ephemeral effect of changing light and color.

 

Adapting your mask design - 3

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Adapting your Design 2

 

  • Contrasts of pattern, texture and color can be used to increase the expressive power of your mask.
  • Experiment with different combinations to see if you can improve the impact of your mask design.

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Lega mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lega mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo: © Karl Heinrich