REPOUSSE MASKS

7th/8th Grade

"Repoussé" is a French word meaning...to push down or to indent something. It is an interesting technique used by artists to add texture...both visually and physically...to an object. This is the method we use to make our metal masks. Using 36-gauge metal, we punch our patterns into our mask design and then "counter repousse" the opposite side to further enhance our piece. Ribbons, beads, feathers, and other adornments are added as well as color with permanent ink pens. Finally we attach them to a stand. These are approx. 18-20 inches when finished.