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Blue On Gold Small Dragon Mask by merimask Blue On Gold Small Dragon Mask by merimask
A friend of mine had a great idea the other day; put your little dragons on a background that's not-black. Like, gold or copper or something. So, I did!

Another of my small leather half masks with the dragon figure carved freehand on it. I used a textured tool to emboss the edge of the dragon (instead of the smooth beveler that I usually use when I do these on black) because I knew the textured edge would add more contrast. It takes a bit longer but I like the effect.

I got the burnished gold look by drybrushing bright gold acrylic paint over a brown background. I painted the entire dragon first, with Liquitex acrylics, carefully leaving the background untouched. Then, I did a layer of transparent acrylic antique stain (medium brown) over the whole thing. The stain wipes off of painted surfaces, only staying in the tooling to add contrast, but it stains the unpainted portion a nice rich brown. The gold, drybrushed over that brown, has a rich, textured, burnished look.

And that's how I do it! :-)

This mask is available right now in my Etsy shop: [link]
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:iconladyjamienightingale:
Absolutely beautiful <3
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:iconnarcssus:
narCssus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice...
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:iconginnabell:
Ginnabell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
omigosh!! amazing!!
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Fbxartnight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Extrodinary!
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:iconmhorghain:
Mhorghain Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
OH MY GOSH!!! Thats beautifu! I would sooooo buy it!
I see your into leather working as well as mask making... love te detial you put into the dragon!!! Very realistic!
Great piece!
Cheers!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconmhorghain:
Mhorghain Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Any time!
Cheers!
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:iconkuroikii:
Kuroikii Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I featured this work in my latest journal, 'cause it's just so awesome! (Well, all of your work is awesome. I just really dig the colors in this one! x3)
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flickez Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
omg these are amazing! they're so beautiful
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:iconartbymaryc:
ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent job!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the cross-hatching surrounding the dragon. Really adds depth!
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:iconstarsubeki:
StarSubeki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
OMG! This is so beautiful! Quite a twist of fate too! See, I have a character who is not only a dragon but she's a princess too. And the colours of Royalty for her are Blue and Gold. Great job!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Blue & gold does look royal...doesn't it? Glad you like the mask. :-)
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:iconstarsubeki:
StarSubeki Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It so does! I love it! Again, amazing job!
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SeaSaltSweetHeart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   Artist
Stunning! I love the colours and just everything~! :heart:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconniniriaz:
NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Lil' blue guy still looks like he's going to cry! :)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ack, I know! All my dragons are sad lately. :-/

To be honest I'm going through a rough patch in my life, so I guess I'm not surprised that it's leaking out in my artwork. :-(
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:iconniniriaz:
NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
:hug: I'm sorry things are going roughly for you. I hope things get better soon. Even sad little blue dragons are still very cute...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like it! The gold really makes the blue stand out (and would match amazingly with my RenFaire outfit :giggle:)

And, thank you for the info on how you did the coloring on it - I never thought to use stains on leather :O I just need to get over the fear of it being such an "exotic" material (as opposed to just plain fabric), methinks :giggle:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :-) I've done so many coloring experiments, I've found a few cool tricks that'll get just the right effect, over time. Can't tell you how many disasters I've had as well. ;-)
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the colors turned out!
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:icongockillaz:
GoCkillaz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW. I like this one a LOT! The blue stands out a LOT more than on black!

Excellent work!
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fabulous! the gold makes it really stick out, great combination of colors.
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MasantaQ Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why so blue little dragon? Great work!
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:iconetrii:
etrii Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
realy nice work ;)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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:iconsunima:
Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! i want!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's still available... ;-)
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:iconsunima:
Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
? to buy? i cant
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Follow the link to my Etsy shop: [link] You'll need an Etsy account (free) and Paypal to buy. I also take checks & money orders but they take longer. :-)
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Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
i am 15 years old... i dont have paypal
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely mask ^_^
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome ^_^
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:iconscellanis:
Scellanis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! I so want one, I just need to figure out if the post office would kill me with customs charges...hmm
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :-)

Naahhh...I ship to Europe/Australia all the time. As a "gift", there's no charge.
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Scellanis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*bounces* I bought the green one :D
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Scellanis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, because there is a masquerade ball in October that these would be perfect for :)
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Emerald-Hearts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Artist
Oh WOW!

I sooo want this. It's amazing!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-) Glad you like him.
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:iconemerald-hearts:
Emerald-Hearts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Artist
Tehe, I loverz him xD
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:iconskinz-n-hydez:
Skinz-N-Hydez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful as always :)

Puff the magic Dragon?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)

If he was airbrushed I'd say "Puff", but since he was drybrushed, I dunno..."Tacky" maybe? ;-)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's sweet that you explain how you do stuff..some artists are really paranoid.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's possible that I'm an idiot for sharing so much, too.... ;-) Sometimes I think I should just shut up about my techniques, but then I figure, as long as people don't copy my art & just use my techniques to make their own art, it's all good.
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It'd also take a load of talent to copy you, its not only about the technique.
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moonelfknight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
I love the texture around & in the dragon. Plus, the blue/gold color scheme is amazing; it really makes it pop
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Blue & gold is a favorite color combination for me. I think a green dragon on a copper background would be pretty, too.
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moonelfknight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Copper is my favorite precious metal color, and I'm sure it'd look amazing with that sapphire blue
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