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Desert Persian Cat Mask by merimask Desert Persian Cat Mask by merimask
I am super happy with this new color version of my Persian Cat mask.

It's a custom mask in pale brown, gold, copper and dark brown/bronze. With gold Swarovski crystals. I'm calling it a "desert Persian cat" because it looks all sandy desert-colored to me. It's part of a special order for a pair of masks for an "Owl And Pussycat"-themed masquerade party. I'm working on a barn owl to match this cat. They'll be the most awesome pair at the party.

Like all my masks, this one is made of 8oz leather. Hand carved & hand shaped with no stamps or forms, and painted with Liquitex acrylics.

This was a custom order from my Etsy shop. [link]
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Of all of the versions of this awesome cat pattern, I think I like this the best!
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I just did a new one too...will post soon!
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angelavengerl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Gorgeous!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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cnopaws Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
that is one of the prettiest mask i have ever seen and love the other one on your site.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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ArtokAzrael Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Out of all your masks, this one definitely caught my eye. It's very elegant and supremely beautiful. You should come down to New Orleans one weekend and set up a booth at the french market right before Mardi Gras. You'd do very well, I'm sure.
I do have a question for you though, if you don't mind. Is your line work cut or indention done with a stylus?
:)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks...I was very happy with this one too. :-)

I use a 1/4 angle ceramic swivel knife...it's a tooling knife you can buy at any leather craft store (Tandy). I also carve very deeply, plus I bevel with a smooth-head tool all along the edge of the cut, to add a deeper 3-d effect. Most people don't do that...
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ArtokAzrael Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the info!
Many of my tools are from Tandy as well, but from a generation ago (I inherited dad's leather box) and I am just starting out in this beautiful art form. I appreciate the insight from such a talented artist as yourself! :)
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crokittycats Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
I can't get enough of your Persian Cat masks... I really want to get one someday!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I think it's one of my most aesthetically pleasing masks, for sure. :-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
This one would be right at home, colourwise, in Arizona!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes exactly! I was thinking of a place called "Valley of Fire" in Arizona when I did it...all sandy and gold. The only thing I left out is the sage and the blue sky.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
True. :)
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MissCheviousDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
So very pretty and cat-riffic!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Meow. :-)
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:iconbowdy:
Bowdy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! Simply stunning!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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SilverontheRose Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   Writer
Ok, your work is going from absolutely amazing to stunningly beautiful. You seem to up your skill and talent level constantly.

May your knives stay as sharp as your mind, and inspiration surround you always.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww...thanks so much. :-) I keep trying to improve, always. Some experiments are more successful than others...this one came out great I think.
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marchenn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
when Im old enough and I have a job I'm ordering a mask from you >=| and this looks amazing, it actualy reminds me of a cat >_>.... and the patterns look delicate and dynamic
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :-)
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marchenn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
welcome :D
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful details! I love crystals you put on your masks.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) The crystals are kind of a new thing but I'm enjoying the extra sparkle they add.
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MurderRose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
So beautiful!! I have a bunch I really like but I think this is my favorite so far!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Always trying to improve, here... ;-)
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Kuroikii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! I love the rustic, almost steam-punkish feeling of this piece! Your color combination are awesome! :la:
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it felt a bit steampunk to me too...all the browns & distressed bronze. :-)
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is wonderful! it looks very real and natural.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm very happy with it. :-)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
ooOOoooo! :D This one's your best so far :D IMO
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :-)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
indeed! :D
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SerenFey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow that's a beautiful colour combo! Makes me want one like this. =D It makes me think of a sand cat, of course.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-) It reminds me of a Siamese or Abyssinian cat, sort of. Stylized.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That's one pretty kitty! Looks like royalty. ;)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's all sparkly and golden and stuff! ;-)
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indimew Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Lovin the colors on this one. It's a fresh look to the cat mask!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I think this color combination really works for the cat...might be cool on a dragon too.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
The new colour-combo really works out - the original black lines on your Persian masks are nice, but the sandy tones of this one are just as good. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I liked this "softer" look because the black with the pale brown would be awfully stark.
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TeodoCake Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Greatly made, great colours. Really love it!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad you like it. :-)
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