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Venetian Raven Mask by merimask Venetian Raven Mask by merimask
This is my version of a Venetian mask, in the form of a raven.

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!)

I draw all those little scrolls by hand, free-form, each time I make this mask. It's a lot of fun, frankly. ^_^

You can order this mask (and countless others) at my Etsy shop: [link]
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:iconzack-the-great:
Zack-The-Great Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Very pretty. :heart:
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:iconwintersmagic:
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exquisite, featured in my journal:[link]
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SassyStuff Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Venetian masks are so pretty! yours is very nice.
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:iconpaddyeahh:
Paddyeahh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Writer
Beautiful!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Beautiful. It's nice to have something sturdy enough to actually *use* (I have two masks I need to try to fix. *sigh*) And those curly bits do look like fun.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like my things to be durable enough to actually use...sort of utilitarian art I guess. :-)
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Utilitarian sounds a bit harsh for masks, practical art maybe?
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:iconjupiter78:
Jupiter78 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010   Photographer
That is a fantastic mask...
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:iconpacificaarts:
PacificaArts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Fantastic! I only wish I could get my glasses out of the way to wear one of these!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Glasses are a problem...everyone's frames are different so there's no way to compensate for them. It's contacts or blurry vision, if you want to wear a mask.
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PacificaArts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student General Artist
I'm going for contacts in the coming months, just for costume and fancy events (and masks). It's such a waste to spend so much time, effort and money on an occasion that, while not ruined, is made to look rather out-of-place because of glasses. Sometimes you just have to put them aside.

I'd wear my current mask to a faire without my glasses if I weren't blind as a bat with no sense of direction. It'd be amazing to wear a mask like this. :nod:
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool.
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:icontansyuduri:
tansyuduri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Student Writer
I love these ones!
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tansyuduri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Student Writer
stuning I love this one!!!!

May I use this in a Rp? I'll give you credit!
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fourtysecondscarf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I LOVE the style of venetian masks! I'm pretty sure we had something in the house that was venetian style that I played with a bit as a child, but I can't remember what it could be...
I hope you make others like this!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Let's see...I have a Venetian cat as well as the raven, and a stylized "water" design that I'm working on as well. And my new unicorns. I'm thinking a Venetian dragon would be fun too. :-)
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:iconfourtysecondscarf:
fourtysecondscarf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
A Venetian Dragon would be beautiful!
I love your work, you have amazing talent!
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
very elegant!
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous scroll work on this piece!
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:iconwine-and-cheese:
Wine-and-Cheese Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Your detail here is unparalleled.
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:iconja-kitsu-ryou:
Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am speechless...:+fav:

I can understand how much fun it must have been to work on this, I love squiggles!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :-)
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:iconja-kitsu-ryou:
Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconkakigori-kitten:
Kakigori-Kitten Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
oooh~ teh swirlies~ <3

very, very gorgeous!
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:iconakkanash:
Akkanash Featured By Owner May 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
Stunning craftsmanship!
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Chaos2112 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Wow, the scrollwork on this is really eye-catching. What kind of paints/dyes do you use on your masks, out of curiosity?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Always Liquitex acrylics, because they are perfect for leather. Colorfast & elastic, so they never split or crack.
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Der-Fuchsprophet Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Ah, wow, this certainly has the spirit of the venetian masks I saw when I was in Venice! :)

Looks like it would've fit right in with the main shop for the authentic ones. Good work~
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Agorphia Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this! I love the details and I love swirls! I draw them all the time. xD They don't look as perfect as yours, though. xD
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much. :-)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful and such an original concept! As a lover of both corvus types and Venetian masks, this hits all the sweet spots.

I take it the original has been sold as I don't spy it on your Etsy page? I'm curious to know how much it costs.
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merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)

Yes, you can see it in my "sold items" section. I can make a similar (but not identical) mask anytime you want though. As my prices go, this one is mid-range; $110. Let me know if you'd like one, I'll be happy to make one for you.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aah I always forget we can see sold items on there. It's a handsome mask. I hope to have the budget one day to afford it, or the skills to make one of my own design for myself. I'm still in the amateur phases of leather mask-making myself and your tutorials have been so helpful :nod:.

Thanks for providing the info to me:)
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:iconfreakdearts:
freakdearts Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Student Filmographer
masterful I see...
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. ^_^
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:iconradtastical:
radtastical Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
this is beautiful :) I love venice-y stuff
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)

Me too! It's so baroque... Venice is one of those places I must see someday.
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:iconradtastical:
radtastical Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
me too! It's on the top of my list :)
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dananew1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
I love the shapes around the eyes, that looks neat-o!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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SarurunKamui Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love ravens, blue and silver, and swirlies, so naturally I find this to be an awesome mask. I love this style. Beautiful work!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I managed to combine all your favorite things it seems... ;-)
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:iconsarurunkamui:
SarurunKamui Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stylistically, yes. X3
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:iconpirate-liz:
Pirate-Liz Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
*slow sigh* That's all I can do.
It's so pretty, I just want to..pet it..
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww...thanks! :-)
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:iconchianne:
Chianne Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! But then all of your work is.
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Jin-Saotome Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, liking this one!
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You have a fine hand for detail, and this mask showcases the skill well. Excellent delegate for a portfolio piece, should you ever put one together. :D
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