Masks with funny features!



The technique of Papier–mâché

Notice the head and neck of the marble figurine (ca. 3200-2800 BC). What do you see? Is it a whole person? Is it a man or a woman? Are the woman’s features realistic? Observe her neck. Is it perhaps too long, much longer than a real neck? Why did the artist do that? Oftentimes, artists want to emphasize a specific feature, either because they find it beautiful or funny or unusual.

The same was the case with masks. Many masks had features larger than normal to evoke laughter or fear.


  • Newspapers cut into strips
  • White liquid glue in a cup
  • A mask or a balloon
  • Tempera
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • A cup filled with water
  • Cloth


  1. Tear a few sheets of newspaper into strips of 2-3 cm.
  2. Dilute the glue in a cup. Try to fill the cup with glue up to two fingers height.
  3. Dip a newspaper strip in the cup and cover it with glue.
  4. Lift the strip and remove any excess glue with your two fingers. The helper will show the child how to do it the first time around.
  5. Place the strip on the mask.
  6. Do the same with the remaining strips until the whole mask is covered.
  7. To add extra features, dip the strip back into the glue and shape it as you like.
  8. You can roll it up and shape it into a hair curl.
  9. You can mold it into a giant ear or a huge nose.
  10. You can make it into the shape of a worm and use it for the lips or the tongue.
  11. Allow the mask to dry for 2-5 hours.
  12. Now is the time to paint it.
  13. Use the palette, the paints, the brushes, the cup of water and the cloth, and let your imagination guide you!
  14. It’s Carnival time!


Design: Despoina Sakellariou
Video: Efthimis Theodossis
Motion Graphics: Efi Siafa
Music: Music: “Happy Cooking Hip-Hop Kids” by Infraction

Special thanks to Aliki.