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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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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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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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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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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Lil' blue guy still looks like he's going to cry! :)
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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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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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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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