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Autumn Green Man Leather Mask by merimask Autumn Green Man Leather Mask by merimask
I actually made this mask some time ago. It's been quite a while since I've done one...it might be time though because just looking at it I'm remembering how much fun it is to carve one of these.

It's my greenman design done in autumn colors. I usually paint my masks with acrylic paints, but this one I dye with alcohol-based dyes. The dye (if applied carefully with a small brush) runs into the carved veins of the leaves in a very natural way.

Like everything I do, this is 8oz leather, hand carved & shaped with no molds or forms. You can order this mask from my Etsy shop...just contact me there. [link]
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urmamaE Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
LOVE IT!!
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BluestOfBirds Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This beautiful deviation has been featured @ [link] as part of Leatherwork Week!
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petrova Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist
Hi, you've been featured in this news article [link] :heart:
And don't forget to fav it so more people can see your beautiful art! :hug:
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Odbe Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Oh an Autumn Green Man, sweeeet that's a great idea! :lol: And the mask is awesome, I guess he's pretty appropriate for masks :D I love the all the fine lines on the leaves.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Random question, I was peering closer at some of the detail in this, such as the spaces between the leaves that's a sort of pebbly texture. Did you do that by hand, or is that with a stamp? Just curious:)
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes...good eye! That's a "texture stamp"...a small metal embossing tool that creates a texture. It has this tiny teardrop-shaped head so you have to inch it around & tap with a mallet to create a textured, sunken space in a given area. Adds to the 3-d effect.

Carving/tooling leather is a lot like carving wood except instead of cutting things away to get a 3-d effect, you press or pound them flat.

The molding/shaping step to get the whole thing face shaped is entirely separate from the tooling stage, too.
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool, thanks for explaining more! I have some leather tooling stamps that I bought on sale which I hope to try out sometime soon. I really like that grainy effect:)
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw the reference shot you linked a previous commentor and that is some CRAZY color! I love the simple layout of this one with its detailed veins. Leaves always make such a cool subject for masks:D

I can totally see a series of these reflecting the change of seasons with buds in one, flowers in the next, frost tinged leaves in the last.

...douh you always fill me with so much inspiration when I just don't have the time XD

Marvelous work, as always:)
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xothique Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Excellent - you posted it. :D The carving of the leaves and veins is really lovely. As always - beautiful work.
:D
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes, you were an inspiration. :-) I love the way different artists bring their different styles to the same medium...it's really fun to see the breadth of variety.
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