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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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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the colors turned out!
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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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etrii Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
realy nice work ;)
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! i want!
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merimask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's still available... ;-)
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Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
? to buy? i cant
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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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