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Black and White Persian Cat Mask by merimask Black and White Persian Cat Mask by merimask
This is a custom order from my Etsy shop; a Persian Cat in black and white with silver details. I call these "Persian" because the designs are inspired by an old Persian rug I own.

This is the first Persian Cat I've ever done in b & w. I have to say it is the most time-consuming color combination I do; it takes SO long to paint because not only does white need extra coats, but the lines have to be exactly perfect. Mistakes are hard to cover up.

Anyway, it makes a stunning mask. :) The b&w ones always seem almost formal and glamourous to me. I added some clear Swarovski crystals to it, for added sparkle.

As ever, this is hand carved, hand shaped 8 oz veg-tanned tooling leather. Painted with Liquitex acrylics.

Custom masks like this one can be requested only at my online Etsy shop, here: [link]
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ShadowZerro2 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I have never seen masks like this. Great job.
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FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the designs and colors of the mask
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crokittycats Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Stunning! >^-^<
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
It's incredible to see your design eye at work- the color combinations and there general style all come together seamlessly. Might I add, I thought to myself that it was quite the Persian design... and it was! You did that smahsingly!
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Doukeshi03 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
What type of liquitex acrylics do you use?
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the flow in this one, you capture the positive and negative space very well in this one.
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oasiaris Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's gorgeous! The black and white indeed makes it look a bit more formal and glamerous. And the silver of course adds to that feeling.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is a lovely combination, alright - but I can imagine it took a long time to paint; white is really tricky.

... I kind of want to see this in some artsy b&w movie with a jazzy soundtrack.
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BlackDragon6 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Artist
interesting
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Majesticbob Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice. I might have to look into getting one.
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MummersCat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I agree, it is really elegant-looking! I really dig your whole Persian series.
It makes me feel a bit better that black and white color schemes are a pain for even you. . . getting the white thick enough without smudging is so hard! ;_;
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MaskedConfusion Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have pictures of this mask in use?
I really like the design but I'd love to see it on someone.
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your hard work and artistry show up magnificently in this piece! Well done, as always!
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osterreich-gold Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The designs are stunning! It beautiful, as all your masks are.
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The-Patchman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
its like a splicer's mask!
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IllikanUnderground Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So striking! The line work is fantastic too!
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The designs are beautiful. Do you reference persian rugs for your persian masks?
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Bethebelle13 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!! You're AMAZING!!!!
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Ooooh, very nice designs!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I agree that the black-and-white effect is formal and glamorous. This is utterly gorgeous!
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DragonBalance Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is the kind of thing I would wear into a Subway at 3:00 AM just for the hell of it :D
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's definitely worth the extra effort.
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Work-Of-Dragons Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work as always. I love the way the colors fit together, and all the designs, especially the ears.
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Gonah Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it may have taken extra effort, but it looks to have been worth it! It looks gorgeous :) I looooove the silver of the muzzle X3
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ihni Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
It's lovely, as always. I've always been a fan of your persian pattern; one of my all time favourites is the one with the green and the brown and the gold ... but ordinary mask, not the cat one. But this one is lovely too, I love how you've put the persian pattern into the cat mask. And it works.
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The-Bails Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
simply stunning! every mask i see of yours leaves me breathless!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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JennK777 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as always!

I'd agree, B&W colouring seems very 'proper' and yet 'sleek'. I like the added crystals.

Depending on what other colours you have in crystals you could do the same type of colour scheme. If you had blue crystals, the white area could be painted blue(ish) . . . I don't know . . . I just like playing with colour combinations when i see stuff like this.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)

Yes, the Persian designs are great for color schemes and the combinations are endless. I've done several that you can see at this gallery: [link]
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
The silver really softens the contrast of the black and white, and the crystals give it just that little extra something special. I really love the curved lines on this one.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :) I agree; the silver made the mask less stark. The trick with the crystals (I have learned) is to not overdo it! A few are elegant, but too many look like Elvis's Vegas Pantsuit. ;)
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