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Purple Venetian Raven Mask by merimask Purple Venetian Raven Mask by merimask
I haven't made one of these in over a year...maybe two! It was about time to do one; I just finished it this morning. Choice of color is intentional; Mardi Gras is coming!

This is a fanciful raven mask done in the Venetian style. However, unlike a true Venetian mask (which is made of lightweight leather that is embellished with plaster & gold leaf & is VERY delicate), this mask is made with my own unique technique involving heavy-weight leather that is deeply hand carved. This achieves the ~look~ of a Venetian mask but is durable enough to wear anywhere, indoors or out. Even safe to travel with (the perfect mask to tuck in your suitcase on your next trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!)

The leather is carved, shaped, hardened with heat, then painted with colorfast Liquitex acrylics in black, white, purple and bright gold. It is sealed with a waterproof clear coat, for durability.

I use no molds or forms, so this piece (like all my masks) is a limited edition original. Available at my online Etsy shop: [link]
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petrova Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist
If only I had the money :cries: I so love this one, I think it might be my number one favourite of all time :worship:
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akitcougar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Damn that's hot.
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, this one is absolutely stunning! I may have to commission a similar one for our ballroom dancing. Need...more...discretionary...income. Someday. Someday I'll have one of your masks and it will be awesome!
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FengL0ng Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where do you get the raw materials from?
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Craft stores for paints and brushes, Tandy (google it) for tools, 1-800-TANNERY for leather.
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FengL0ng Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for your time =D
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
HOMG! My favourite mask-type ever! :love: Your raven-masks are awesome - and while I prefer the persian style, this Venetian version is pretty cool in its own right. I love the combination of darker shades - black and purple - against the white beak, and the gold details really stand out.

One day, I'm going to order a raven mask from you... Just you wait! :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-) I think I like the Persian ones best, too, but they're an awful lot of work TBH. Haven't done a Persian mask in quite a while...
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Omygod omygod omygod! Sorry for fangirling like that, but I LOVE this design. Love it! Ever since I started looking at masks online (your fault entirely), I still haven't found a design I like more than this one. Well, the egyptian masks you make are CLOSE, but this still takes first prize. I mean, with the "beak" and all.
The colours are great too, they are really striking and they work well together. But what I really love about it is the shape. I would LOVE to see it on an actual person, just to see how it looks.
Well done on this one! As usual ... =p
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL...thank you! :-) It's also a quite basic design, really, but it is dramatic. Glad you like it!
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