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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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Sunima Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i am 15 years old... i dont have paypal
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rikku300 Mar 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
lovely mask ^_^
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merimask Mar 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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rikku300 Mar 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome ^_^
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Scellanis 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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merimask 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 Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*bounces* I bought the green one :D
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Scellanis 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 Mar 19, 2010  Student Artist
Oh WOW!

I sooo want this. It's amazing!
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merimask Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-) Glad you like him.
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