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Japanese Goldfish Mask 2010 by merimask Japanese Goldfish Mask 2010 by merimask
Just an updated version of my beloved Japanese Goldfish mask. The design was inspired by a wall mural in Narita Airport...if you've ever flown into Narita you'll know the one I'm talking about.

As ever, this is made from hand-carved, hand-shaped 8oz tooling leather and painted with Liquitex acrylics. Signed, dated original, available only at my online Etsy site: [link]
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Arien-Eska Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your goldfish masks are so elegantly simple and I just can't seem to look away, and I'm just waiting for an excuse to finally wear mine! ^^; Beautiful design. :heart:
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GeminiDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Just found your gallery, and I'm sure glad I did! I'm hoping to make a bird mask for this Halloween, and your are so exciting beautiful and inspiring! :D
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okinawan-koi Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I am trying to remember the mural you are talking about in Narita! I have been living in Japan for the past 3 years and fly back state side at least once a year and can't remember what you are talking about!! :(
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Gorgous contrast between the old-gold and blue/black colour. Very elegant!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
There's just something so beautiful and elegant about this blue and gold color combination! (or is that the blueish black I love so much?) Either way, simply gorgeous, m'dear!
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
The bubbles add such a touch of whimsy to it!
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ArtbyMaryC Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
my I like your style of goldfish....and the BUBBLES!!! :)
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Copper3Wolf11 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
This is so unique!!
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful. However, the solid colored fish looks very a-typical for you. Usually you add shadings, other colors or highlights to the characters on your masks, so it seems a bit plain. But maybe that's exactly the effect you were going for. :P
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True. I stayed very true to the Japanese ideal of "just enough" with this design. It's more about balance, flow & simplicity than detail. :-)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked up the Narita Airport mural, and this is a lovely interpretation. I LOVE the bubbles. Are they jeweled? It's hard to tell with the lighting.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The bubbles are stamped using a "seed" tool...it makes perfect rounded dots. Then I just carefully painted them with Liquitex bright silver. It looks almost like metal studs.
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's a neat tool.
I can imagine putting beads or jewels in some of the larger bubbles; I think that'd look nice.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the silvery sheen of the fish!
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love this - it's simple and clean, but with enough intriguing details to draw the eye to it again and again. Great job. :)
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that mural! I love the little air bubbles especially.
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful effect with the fish tail trailing off the side.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Treyos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hey! That looks a lot like my nose-fish! Which, btw, is hanging on the Christmas tree right now. ;)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL! That is an awesome place for the nose-fish!
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The asymmetry, flowing lines, and simple, flat colors are wonderful! My favorite part is the curling fin.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I like offset designs...it reminds me of a person with one earring or a flower in their hair.
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DizzyMaxwell Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
wow really cool
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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TheScreamOfDestiny Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
huge fan of gold and dark blue, this looks awesome!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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TheScreamOfDestiny Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
your welcome!
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ihni Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Oooh, I like this one a lot! Especially the blue colour for some reason. I think ... this might be my favourite out of all your masks so far. :S It's ... seemingly simple, but yet ... not.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It's actually a jet-black...might be reflecting some blue sky, perhaps.
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course!
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
WOW! It's lovely!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bubbles! :D It looks lovely :) Did you use a different god color?
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
god=gold, sorry ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Same gold I always use...just drybrushed over brown to get a burnished look.
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Love the bubbles!
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I cheat and stamp them in with a "seed" stamp.
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I'm pretty sure that's called "production", not cheating!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, and so classy. I love the way you make the tail look so... 'flowy'. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :-) I just sort of twist and ripple it...easy to do when the leather is wet.
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I love this. Koi fish are so pretty :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like this one.
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