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Himalayan Cat Mask by merimask Himalayan Cat Mask by merimask
So, I was contacted by the Martha Stewart show, and they might want me to do a demonstration of my mask-making technique on the show...right? If you're curious, check out my latest DA journal entry.

They wanted a couple samples of my work. One choice was obvious (the mask I'll be demonstrating for the show...pics of that coming soon), but what to do for the second mask?

Dragons are SO not Martha Stewart's style. Anything really exotic like my Persian motif masks...maybe not right for the yuppie "country livin'" image she is associated with. So hmm.

And then I got smart & went online & played with The Google a bit. Turns out Martha loves animals, and the animals she loves the most are her blue point himalayan cats!

So after learning that, my choice was easy. Does this make me a dirty whore? I suspect it does. ;-)

Like all my masks, this one is hand carved & shaped from one piece of 8oz leather. Painted with Liquitex acrylics.

I'll probably be offering this design in my Etsy shop eventually. [link]
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Tsukikora-Akane Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I just spotted this in the ''more from merimask" section and fell in love instantly! It's the cutest thing and I adore it! Xx Laura 
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KazTiz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Hi...what would you charge to get this mask made again? Thanks.
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Kitinoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
My friends is ordering this mask from you for his wedding and oddly enough i will be wearing this mask :D It is beautiful :D and I have the honor of wearing your beautiful work :D
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katenip88 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
probably my fave! i love kitties!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw that show yesterday. Not on tv, but on the Internet. I was like OMG ANDREA IS IN THAT SHOW! It's so nice they invited you! She seemed to be really happy with this mask.
When you showed how to shape a mask, it looks so easy. But I think it isn't so easy as it looks like.
Anyway, great job, as always! :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL yeah! I was scared to death but I hid it well. :-) It was pretty surreal.
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dragona742 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But it was cool! You seemed so relaxed there. Like this isn't even a challenge, but something I'm doing the whole day xD You looked like that. Pretty impressive! :clap:
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angelavengerl Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
This mask is gorgeous. She's sure to love it!
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Wow! Congratulations and good luck!

... and it doesn't make you a dirty whore, just a savvy businesswoman. ;-)

Anyway, this mask is so gorgeous. I'm glad you were inspired to try something you mightn't otherwise!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)

Yes, I agree; it's not a mask I might have done on my own without a catalyst. Sometimes inspiration comes from strange circumstances.
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Kuroikii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Ohmigosh... This looks like my cat, Gary! xD
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cool! Gary must be a very pretty, fancy cat! :-)
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Kuroikii Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Student General Artist
He thinks he is! x3 He doesn't have the 'mustache' but his fur type and coloring match that of a Himalayan cat. We actually found him as a stray.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
It makes you a brilliant marketing strategist! ... aka a dirty whore. But, hey, whatever works! ;) I'm sure she'll love this!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...Thanks! Well, I certainly hope so. :-) *fingers crossed*
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crokittycats Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Beautiful! You could easily use this basic shape for other long-hair breeds. *cough* Maine Coon *cough* I would definitely go for one of those. >^-^<
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooooh...I LOVE Maine Coon cats! So cute!

I'd have to do a totally different design though. Maine Coons have rather long straight faces while these Himalayans have the short faces of Persian cats. Something to explore...
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crokittycats Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
I look forward to it! >^-^<

You know, I was never into Maine Coon kitties until I got my Tasi. But as any kitty parent will say, MY Maine Coon is the cutest. ;p
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Jangojips Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009   General Artist
Ah! This one has a lot of character! And no,I wouldn't say it makes you a dirty whore...you are utilizing a prudent business strategy: cater to your audience! :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It has a cute little kitty face! :-) These cats are kinda cute-looking anyway.

It feels like a dirty trick to make a mask of her favorite cat...but I hope it works. ;-)
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wegs Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
That's really cute! :D

I know Martha Stewart's all puppies 'n kitties 'n rainbows... but I'd see if you can't sneak a dragon or something in there. ;D because they're really cool. And that's the kind of thing that'll make the folks at home go "wow, this is really awesome! Look at all the possibilities!" and such.... variety is good.

Of course, don't fight Martha, either, if you think it's too risky xD 'cause that's a huge opportunity.
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
True...I agree that the dragons have more of a WOW factor. I'm hoping that I'll have the opportunity to bring along some of my cooler masks when (if! If!) I get on the show. *fingers crossed*
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MorRokko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Absolutely beautiful! And seriously good luck! Congrats, you are so talented! Someday.. someday i will commission a mask from ya.
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the kind wishes. :-)
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indimew Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
no no...that makes you a sneaky dirty whore =P
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL... *sneak sneak* ;-)
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Nah, you're just researching your intended audience and what will be the best fit with their interests and tastes.

Doing something that suits the host's interests is considerate and thoughtful--and turns out an adorably cute mask to boot! :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, I really hope she likes it.
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
It's a really sweet mask, so it should hopefully be well received. :D
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bloodiedkactus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
LMAO. No. It doesn't make you look like a dirty whore. Just a very very smart one ;)
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hee! Well, let's hope so. :-)
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Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Super sweet.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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elenahasdna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're my favorite dirty whore? ;3
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...thanks for the dubious honor! ;-)
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TheGreatGonzo26 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no, not a dirty whore. It makes you aware of what Martha likes so she'll give you a call one day to do more stuff. Like Dragons. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...perhaps. :-)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty! I'm sure Martha will love it!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Oh...I hope so. :-)
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:iconmoonkittyproductions:
OMG i got this HUGE HUGE HUGEEEE smile on my face after seeing this, it looks JUST LIKE my himalayan mr. bear!!! i love it!
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! With specific breeds, I always worry that I'm not getting it quite "right", so I'm glad that a person who owns this type of cat could recognize it. :-)

Let me know if you ever want a mask of your cat...I'm thinking of doing "pet portrait" masks after Halloween rush is over.
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:iconmoonkittyproductions:
aww that's cute!!

but ya especially the himalayan b/c they are the smallest cat breed so their ears and face are more compact than the others
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Lastwear Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
The Lastwear Crew hopes it goes well for you.. and I love all your masks it really hard for me to pic my favs.

-The Green Fairy
member of the Last Crew
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merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the good wishes! :-)
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briiittanyyy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
wow, neat. :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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