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African Mask Lesson Step 6 - Designing the Face Decorations

This step will help you to design the tattoos and scarification marks for an African tribal mask.

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.

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.