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Ginkgo Leaf Mask by merimask Ginkgo Leaf Mask by merimask
Here's a very simple design...inspired by a recent trip to Japan; my Ginkgo Leaf Mask.

Like everything I make, this is hand-carved and hand-shaped from leather. I used a new technique of dry-brushing bright gold acrylic paint over a brown base, which gave the mask a lovely burnished gold look.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
This one looks nice and i like how you added the ginkgo leaves! Great job :aww:
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merimask Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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GeminiDog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I was lucky enough to purchase this mask from Etsy and I am in love with it! It will be a fabulous part of my costuming for Mardi Gras and Faerie festivals.
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! :-) I'm so glad you are happy with it.
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AoiShu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
absolutely fantastic work, just found your gallery and ... myyyyy gooodness...

lost for words!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much...I'm glad you like my work! :-)
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AoiShu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
It's fantastic, and so inspiring!
Such skill and imagination and level of detail just floors. Not to mention all the original ideas! Gorgeous!
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice and subtle. I love the depth of the color.
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bleedingbird Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Simple and incredibly elegant. The colours, shapes, lines, and craftsmanship are superb. I love it.
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merimask Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
it looks almost bronze... very elegant... but how do you shape it?
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Check out my front page...in my journal I have links to a very involved tutorial (with pictures) that completely explains how I make these.
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
hegh... yes, I saw that after I made the comment...
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
so that's how you do it... a very interesting and rewarding read... hmmm... is the leather stiff to start out with or is it stiff but slightly malleable... and have you ever tried doing two masks at once?
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child-of-aros Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning!
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Appears to have a delicate beauty to it...
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I was going for something simple & uncomplicated with this mask.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
As gorgeous as the Japanese goldfish mask! Love it! :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, even though this is one of my smaller pieces I think it's an elegant design. It flows...
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
It so simple and yet so...! I have no words to describe it! Genuinely so! Neat and done in detail - what I generally like in art. Very Good job. Now If I was earning I'd have bough this one and the goldfish one immediately....
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Anise-and-almond Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008   Artisan Crafter
The simplicity of this mask is wonderful. I still can't believe it is made from leather.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^ Leather is a wonderful medium actually. Lightweight, durable, and not messy to sculpt. You can do a lot with it.
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