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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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:iconemerald-hearts:
Emerald-Hearts Mar 19, 2010  Student Artist
Tehe, I loverz him xD
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Skinz-N-Hydez Mar 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful as always :)

Puff the magic Dragon?
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merimask 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 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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merimask 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 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 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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merimask 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 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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:iconpandorav:
Wow, this one looks amazing. Great job!!
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