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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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:iconpumpkinguardian:
PumpkinGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
ooooh!! Pretty!!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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x-Patchwork-Pixie-x Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the colors and swirls
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
The swirls are the fun part. :-)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Look so beautiful!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconitachielric:
ItachiElric Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
:love:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-D
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Frantic-Vampire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Photographer
Gorgeous!!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconfrantic-vampire:
Frantic-Vampire Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Photographer
You're welcome! =)
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Rindama Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretty i love it the mask is great another great mask
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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:iconrindama:
Rindama Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem can't wait to see your next mask
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Eclipsed-Soul91 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I think you really out did yourself with this mask, it is very beautiful! It caught my eye very quickly too :3 I wish I could commission a mask from you, but that'll have to wait until I am more financially stable ^^;
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Glad you like it.
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InsaneRasberry Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It reminds me of a plague doctor mask that was embellished :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True, very similar designs (though a true plague mask was a closed cone...they'd stuff herbs in the cone to "protect" from illness).
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InsaneRasberry Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, but also, the Dottore Peste mask in Commedia dell Arte
usually has a open cone, and that particular character is based off the plague doctors of Europe...It guess it's just because it's used for theater, and not actual medical usage...
Have you ever attempted a plague doctor mask in leather? It would be an interesting thing to try and create...
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Oraien Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student General Artist
This is definitely a beautiful mask, Meri. I love how delicate it looks, and how traditional. And with those fancy Mardi Gras colors! Awesome.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Falkenkralle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I always loved this mask! :D And I'm very envious that you can make the swirls so even ^^
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I make some mistakes but that's part of the fun...
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Hmm, the beak on it reminds me a little of a hummingbird and that made me think that a hummingbird mask with all the bright colors probably would be perfect for Mardi Gras. XD
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True! That would be awfully cool...
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It puts me in a festive mood..so happy and beautiful.
So much raw inspiration..so much semester on my head :giggle:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) Hang in there! Semester's almost over. ;-)
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
.... whoah.. i SO want one of these masks... like chimera mask!! 833
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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DanjiIsthmus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   General Artist
Now that is just cool. Your masks inspire me so much. I hope to be able to make masks of even close to the same quality as yours someday xD

Love the designs and colors!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well thank you...glad you like it. :-)
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Water-spirit109 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I love this one :heart:
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Water-spirit109 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
:D
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely one of my favourites of yours. I love Venetian masks, AND purple! :D I love how practical it is compared to the Venetian inspiration. Gorgeous as always. :D
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I don't think I ever did this design in purple before, and I'm really happy with it. Must do more!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! :)
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