Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween



I decided it would be fun to make a extra large witch head for Halloween this year. First I thought I would do paper mache, but ended up doing Plaster of Paris.

First, I took a large punching balloon and covered it with strips of newspaper dipped in plaster. I did a few coatings of this to make it strong. Then I balled up newspaper into the shapes for the nose, cheeks, chin, and brows and used masking tape to hold their form. I dipped those in plaster and attached them to the head. I added more strips over the features and tried to smooth it out. The head was still pretty bumpy when I finished, but I think it was just fine since a witch is probably all wrinkly  anyway!

The most fun was getting to paint the head! I used green acrylic paint for the face and added black around the eyes and for wrinkles. I painted the eyes a pale blue and made them smaller which I thought would be creepier. I then attached a wig I picked up at the thrift store and cut off a few strains of hair for the eyebrows and for the hairy warts. I cut a hole in the mouth to look out of and a hole at the bottom of the head. The head ended up being very heavy and wasn’t something you could wear all night. Luckily, I was just wearing it around trick or treating and for a few pictures. Next time I would definitely do paper mache because I think that would of been much lighter.

Lastly, I bought a black dress at the thrift store and my outfit was complete! Everyone got a real kick out of my giant witch head and loved that I made it myself!

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

Bah hah hah!

 

Adding Plaster Features

I didn’t think to take pictures until I got to this point on my head. I started with a big punch balloon and added strips of newspaper dipped in plaster until I had a nice solid head. Then I started making features by balling up newspaper and sticking them on with the plaster.

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

side view of plaster features

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

head in progress

ADD Paint

The most fun was getting to paint this! I used green and black Acrylics for most of the face.

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

painted

 

Finishing head

Last step was to add the wig, eyebrows, and hairy warts. I then cut a opening in the mouth to see out of and a hole for my head to go through.

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

finished witch head

Big Warty Witch Head for Halloween

hairy warts!







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