DIY “The Joker” Mask for Labyrinth Masquerade XII!


FinishedMask_CmprsMy friend Jimmy (who happens to write/illustrate a great web comic that you should totes check out) is going to the Labyrinth Masquerade tonight! I’m super jealous because I can’t go, but I’m living vicariously by playing Fairy Godmother and sending him of with a custom made masquerade mask. He was just looking for something simple, but since Jimmy is a super fan of The Joker (from Batman) I was inspired to go for a Joker mask with a definite jester vibe.

Here is my journey to the finished product. Enjoy!

I knew I wanted to build out a custom shape for my Joker and I thought a store-bought mask, craft foam and scrap pieces of Worbla would do the trick. Once I played around with my materials a bit, I came up with a concept design and started building my piece

Next it was time to cover the whole thing with a papier-mâché . In the process I decided I wanted a slightly different texture for the hair and tried a new technique. Some tissues did the trick, but since they are so absorbent it took almost twice as long to dry as regular newspaper. Very happy with the results though!

After the papier-mâché  dried completely it was time to get down to painting. First I primed it with white primer from my total spray paint crush- Rustoleum. Then I used acrylic craft paint to do the rest and silver liquid leaf for some shinier accents.

I sealed all my detail work with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Acrylic (My absolute favorite glossy sealer of ALL TIME). Once a few coats had dried I added some 3d accents for texture. Since I was going for a masculine look, the only rhinestones I used were black. For other accents I opted for iron-on metal studs…only I just used hot glue to attach them.

Some inexpensive chattering teeth on wire gave me that extra Joker pizzazz to really put my mask over the top.

The very last thing to do was attach the head strap. I attached black elastic to either side with epoxy glue and used hot glue to create a loop at the end of each piece of elastic. Using the loops I was able to thread through a piece of ribbon for an adjustable fit. I also found the mask rubbed uncomfortable against my nose but it was an easy fix. Just a regular makeup sponge attached with hot glue.

Added a few matching embellishments to a Joker smile-on-a-stick that  I made before and voilà!


Freedom from Fraying!


Happy Fourth everyone! Quick tip of the day: easy secret to keeping your ribbon from fraying!

1. Draw a line of hot glue across the ribbon where (and at the angle) that you want to cut.

2. Do not touch the glue- just let it dry so that its nice and clear.

3. Cut through the line of glue.

That’s it. You’re done. Easy right?

What’s Up Bitches!? Let’s Make Something Pretty!

“JoJo’s so creative.” “You are so creative.” “How did you do that?” “Ask JoJo; she’s creative.” “Can you make me one?” –These are phrases I have heard my entire life; but thus far the only benefit of this magical creativity I have locked in my skull has been making my immediate world more interesting, beautiful, weird and wonderful. Sure I translate creativity to “problem solver” on my resume, but only because “expert glue gun operator” is not a skill most any employers are looking for.

Although reality television is clearly indicating that humanity is doomed and I’d rather shoot myself in the face than go to a crowded theme park where Stroller Nazis make constant attempts on my life (because somehow popping out a screaming demon spawn entitles you to literally push people off the sidewalk with your Stroller Tank of Doom) I have decided to share my creative ideas with the world. Via that mystical, nebulous, enchanted forest of knowledge; Le Internet.

So here we go. Because on this slowly dying planet, overpopulated with morons and a@#holes (don’t even get me started on rude drivers) who bow down to the tanned skeletons & child monkeys in tiaras that are worshipped on the TV, isn’t it time we allowed ourselves to be surrounded by interesting, beautiful, weird and wonderful things? I think so.