Posts by Plump Art Studio

The First Mask Made For Festivals

Mask made by mmmaciej at Plump Art Studio. Untitled, mixed media

When you lack expertise in some departments, you can always make up for them in others. As a person who considers themselves to not be very good at drawing, I’ve often compensated with lots of detail. It was this style of thinking that lead to creating a lot of work for myself to build what…

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How to make your art and photos look great.

Colourful photo digital art image of person psychedelic

Big Fat Lines: How to make your photos look great. Most people have played around with filter apps on their phones to make their great photos look even better. App stores offer a variety of them and they are lot of fun to play with. While it is fun it’s generally not something a serious…

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Making Faces: An easy way to look sexy at festivals

Mask Make Face Blazing Swan Party Festival

Facing it Let’s face it, many cultures throughout the earth use masks as part of expressing their history and cultural mythologies along with songs, stories, festivals and the like. To my dismay, they are not really part of contemporary Australian culture. Maybe in a few hundred years as our history grows and we develop mythologies…

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Masks made from cardboard are crap

'Umoya' Cardboard and foam mask. 2016.

‘Real’ masks are from something else… It has always seemed to me that cardboard masks are something you make in primary school. If I wanted to take this art seriously then I was going to use everything but, because masks made from cardboard are crap. It appears that I was wrong. This material is cheap,…

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Discover Polypress Relief Prints

Polypress print by mmmaciej

Polypress Relief Printing: A New Discovery? Sometimes it is quite rewarding to think outside the box. Today has reaped such reward and I’ve made a new discovery in the world of printmaking: Polypress relief prints. This technique brings a whole new style of creativity to the world of printmaking! As the discoverer of this new…

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Carving ‘DEAD WOOD’, A Wooden Mask

Dead Wood Mask

Carving Beautiful Things. After some months of carving spoons I started wondering what else I could make with wood. Having been recently inspired to make masks for the Blazing Swan festival, it became obvious that this a carved wood mask would be the next step. Armed with a log of Fiddlewood (Citharexylum spinosum), some carving…

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Making the Apocalyptomagic Mask

The Apocalyptomagic Mask. Made in early 2015.

Learning to create masks. When it comes to making masks, I am still experimenting and learning.  Finding good information on the internet is sometimes difficult especially if you don’t know what you are looking for. Sometimes you don’t start with a plan, you just start making and see where it goes.  This is how the…

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