New Jigsaw member Tamara led a workshop on making leather masks, and I attended. The first step was creating the outline of the mask. After several iterations of sketching designs on paper and cutting them out, I ended up with something I thought was reasonable. I traced the design onto a piece of vegetable-tanned leather and then cut it out with a very sharp blade. (I’m used to cutting things like balsa wood, so I found leather to be much more of a challenge!)
The next step was to wet the leather and apply a texture to it. I chose a piece of shoe-soling that, when pressed into the wet leather, left a nice stipple pattern.
(N.B. I’ve given just the broad outlines of the process. Attend Tamara’s next workshop and learn all the nitty-gritty details.)