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White and Gold Kitsune Mask by merimask White and Gold Kitsune Mask by merimask
I just completed yet another version of a kitsune mask for one of my Etsy customers...a White kitsune with bright gold & red details.

This kitsune (Japanese fox-spirit) with red stylized whiskers is the most traditional-looking of all my kitsune designs, IMO.

Like all my masks, this one is carved from one piece of 8oz leather and hand-painted with Liquitex acrylics.

Upon reflection, white is a major pain in the butt. It takes 4 or 5 coats to be truly white & not streaky. Plus, I have to paint carefully around the parts that'll be gold & red because if I just slop the whole thing white & try to add color atop it later, the color looks thin & blotchy & then I need 4 or 5 coats over the colored areas. Phew! So yeah...from now on, white kitsune are slightly more ($85 instead of $80). Not much...just enough to reflect the trouble white causes.

This mask is available right now in my Etsy shop. [link]
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JirachitheGreat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I m actually going to be a Kitsune for Halloween.
joltiana Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you sell these they are beautiful and I would love to get one!
freakdearts Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student Filmographer
so the paint you use is essentially like water colors in application?
Lupas-Deva Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
My husband says to dip the mask in paint so you don't have to do multiple layers.

I don't know if that would work or not though.
KitsuneSK Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! It's very pretty. <3
SharpestLife19 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is amazing!
elfenliedfan444 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
hmm reminds me of okami....
KirscheTea Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009   General Artist
I would have to say this is my favorite incarnation of your kitsune masks yet.

The colors definitely give it a traditional feel, and the overall effect is very elegant.

also, it is definitely worth the extra $5.
AshuriShirosenshi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
As troublesome it is, it is very beautiful. If I had the money I would buy one ^_^
GAVade Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Nice use of background to frame this beautiful mask! The colours really help frame the shape of the mask...
smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I always become so happy when I come home to find something like this in my inbox. :)

The red/white combo always works, but it works especially well on the Japanese-style masks. There's something very simple and clean about them that I really like.
TriBunny Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your masks are all beautiful. You should seriously consider putting them all in an artbook or a gallery.

I know you sold a lot of your masks already, but I would love to see them on display somewhere.
merimask Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
An artbook...that is such a cool idea. I think I'd love to do that someday.

I keep wanting to do a gallery show, but I sell these as fast as I make them & I never have a decent body of work for a proper showing. If someone with a nice gallery wanted to give me a big fancy show of my own, though...I'd certainly work towards something special like that. :-)
TriBunny Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do have some nice photos of your work. That's a start.

As for gallery gigs, try someplace small first, like a community center or even a college campus. There usually is a building or section in the graphic design/fine arts department where art is displayed. It might suit you, because you'll more than likely have to share space with other artists, so you can use the few masks you have to your person. You can supplement the rest of the space with photos.

Even something small like that would look great on a portfolio.
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