Draw out the ideal final design you want for your Venetian mask, paying attention to what colors and decorations you would like to use. It's better to start with a mapped-out plan so that you will know what tools you will need, and to eliminate any possible mistakes.
Cut the mask with the X-Acto knife to the shape of your liking if your design calls for a less-than-full-face mask. Venetian masks vary in shape and size, from full face masks to those that simply cover the eyes.
Paint the mask in the base color you've chosen, or you can leave the mask white. Draw your design idea onto the mask using pencil. Remember that there is no traditional design for a Venetian mask; some are symmetrical with swirls and bursts around the eyes, while others may be heavily designed on one side with the other side left bare.
Paint your design in the colors of your choosing, using latex acrylic paint. One idea to help give the mask a rustic Venetian look is to employ gold or silver leaf foil, which you can buy at most craft stores. This foil is adhered to a surface and, when pulled back, leaves behind tiny flakes of gold, creating a lavish and intricate look. When you are done, wait for the paint or foil to dry before continuing.
Step 5How to make Venetian Mask
Adhere any embellishments to the mask with superglue. Venetian masks can be embellished with anything from feathers, gemstones and tassles to buttons and fabric. Puff paint is also a good embellishment tool; use it to trace over your design outline to give a textured, 3-D look. You can also use feathers on one or both sides of your mask. Costume gemstones are great to line around your mask, or design, to add flair. Many Venetian masks also have fabric lining the borders of the mask, or implemented into the design. Let any glue or paint dry completely before wearing.