I recently attended my local Pagan group’s Beltane weekend retreat (1st – 3rd November 2013) where we made another dragon mask. This year our masks represented the Dragon of Spirit. If you’re interested in mask making you might also like to read my blogs about my previous dragon masks — Dragon of Water (2012) and Dragon of Fire (2011).
My plan was to use a product called Paper Magiclay, as I did last year, as I had a small amount of it left. Unfortunately the local stores were out of stock and I’d left it too late to order more of it online, so I had to buy a number of other similar products (some of which was multicoloured) in the hope that they would work just as well which, sadly, they did not as they didn’t adhere quite as well to the basic framework of the mask and it was much more difficult to get smooth edges where different sections of the mask were blended to each other. But, overall I’m quite pleased with the end result. This is also my best attempt at a dragon snout, thanks to the plastic lid of a stick-deodorant container providing a conveniently shaped base on which to build the snout. 🙂
I was inspired to include a third eye on this dragon and to also incorporate the symbol for the Eye of Horus. Read more about the symbolism at Secrets of the Third Eye, The Eye of Horus… After the painting was finished I added the sparkly “diamonds” and the purple feathers — my Spirit Dragon, as revealed to me in an earlier meditation, has bird-like feathers on the side of his/her face and on his/her wings (he/she is neither gender yet both at the same time).
As usual, here is a series of photos to show how the mask was made. Just click on the first one to then easily scroll through the whole gallery…