Steampunk glorifies sci-fi without advanced technology! Get kids excited about this unique sci-fi genre and the beautiful artwork the genre has inspired with this sparkly mask!
Duration: 20 minutes (plus drying time)
Learning Outcomes: Get creative juices flowing with this activity. Talk about a popular literary genre and the art and fashion aesthetics it inspired. Encourage creative play. Exercise fine motor skills.
- R22020 Color-In Masks
- R58624 Gear Stencils
- Tempera Paint
- Glitter Cardstock (available at most craft stores)
- Glitter Glue (available at most craft stores)
- White Glue
Start with one of our Color-In Masks. These masks are a fabulous craft base for all kinds of projects, and they take paint, marker, crayon and glue very well. For this project, we have chosen to paint the mask with brown tempera paint. The brown gave the mask a wooden look, which we felt stayed true to the aesthetics of Steampunk. The mask might curl up a little when you paint it. Don’t worry, it will flatten out again as it dries!
We had some very cool glittery card stock in our art room, and it just screamed Steampunk to us! One side is super glittery, the other is plain white. On the white side, we used a pencil to trace the outlines of the gear stencils.
At first, we just cut the outside of the gear stencil. That looked OK, but when we went to design our mask, we decided that it looked cooler to cut out the insides of the stencil too. This can be a tricky step, and card stock doesn’t bend very well, so our solution to get to the inside pieces was to carefully poke a hole in the middle of the sections of the gears we wanted cut out, and wiggle our scissors in that way. Once the gears were cut out, they looked awesome just on their own!
By the time we cut out all our gears, the mask was dry and it was time to design! We found that laying all the gears out before gluing them down was the best way to decide how we wanted out mask to look. Once we were happy with the design, we glued the gears to the mask. For the finishing touch, we carefully outlined the eye holes of the mask in silver glitter glue!
These fantastic masks are perfect for Steampunk-themed parties, or just good old-fashioned creative play!
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