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Today, Venetian masks are mostly just fashion accessories that we put on during a masquerade themed party or fancy dress event. Traditionally speaking, these masks come with a rich historical significance especially in Italian theatre where they were used to represent different characters on stage.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Most people tend to confuse Venetian masquerade masks used in carnivals with the masks that are used in theatre. Also known as Commedia Dell'Arte masks, the theatrical variants were employed to exhibit specific traits in a character or to represent a particular profession.

Types of Theatrical Masks –

Even though you may find theatrical masks that look like quintessential masquerade masks on a stick or even the ones you can tie with a ribbon, in reality they have some distinct differences-

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).
  1. The Burrattino Mask-This particular mask essentially comes with a long nose and a small face for comical effect. It is often also known as the Pinnocchio mask and is typically worn by those characters that are expected to be funny and endearing. Characters that wear this mask are typically not the lead or significant characters.
  2. The Arlecchino Mask -This type of theatrical mask typically comes with a distinct red mark of some form on its forehead. This could either represent a scar or a pimple. Besides this feature, the mask can come in various shapes and sizes. However, another distinct feature worth noting is the flat nose and lack of a mouth. This particular mask typically cuts off just below the nose. This mask usually represents an impoverished character in tattered and torn attire.
  3. The Brighella Mask – This mask is usually worn by the villain or an accomplice of the Arlecchino. These masks are usually green, representing the character's love for wealth and money on the verge of greed. This character is also often known as the Figaro and he or she is often the schemer in a story.
  4. The Captain Saramouche Mask – This particular mask is donned by a character who is either young with a sense of adventure or an old sailor who comes with many interesting tales of adventure. This character most often narrates tales of bravery, glory and is most often the hero. His attire is designed to set an impression and this character is often a great lover and popular among the ladies.

While Venetian masquerade masks and theatrical masks both come with rich histories, the latter is used to represent an array of traits, characteristics and emotions on an Italian stage. You will be able to purchase these novelty masquerade masks and theatrical masks online or while you travel. Wear them in your next fancy dress event or simply hang it up on a wall to give your room a touch of elegance.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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