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Orca Venetian Mask by Elfmaiden687 Orca Venetian Mask by Elfmaiden687
Our university hosted a masquerade ball yesterday, and my wonderfully creative friend :icon22trickdog: suggested that we make our own masks out of paper mache, instead of using the ill-fitting plastic ones they would be handing out at the dance. Everyone's masks were beautiful, and it was funny how our masks reflected our personalities in terms of the styles and materials we chose.

My mask is acrylic paint on a paper mache mold of my own face. I use blue satin ribbon to tie it and white rhinestones along the left-hand corner. The design was inspired by masks I saw all over New Orleans this past spring and the wonderful gallery of :iconmerimask: Sharp-eyed whale lovers will see what whale graces this mask, and where the inspiration for the sunset came from. ;) I did wear this mask for the entire evening, so it's definitely showing some wear and the tail needs some wood behind it to keep it from bending. :) I'd eventually like to make two more masks, just to hang with this one on my wall.

Sorry the quality isn't too great; I'm not feeling well and didn't want to go outside to photograph the mask.

This was the first time I've used a paint retardant for blending, and I absolutely loved it!
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merimask May 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nicely done! I like the "yin/yang" effect of the landscape element and the figure, combined. Very graceful!
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Elfmaiden687 May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really worked hard on it and I had a lot of fun designing it. :)
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quicksilverdragon611 May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat, the painting is pretty nice. If you'd wanted, you could have used some of my leather rather than paper mache.
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Elfmaiden687 May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I probably would've asked, but I only found out about the ball about a week before it happened, so there wouldn't have been any time to get it. :/ But I'll keep the offer in mind, since I'd like to make two more to hang over my bed; one of a horse and another of a conure, my favorite kind of parrot. Maybe I'll remake this one, too, while I'm at it! :evillaugh: But then you'll start charging me for materials. ;)
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ElreniaGreenleaf May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Oooh, this is great! I love how you can see it as both a mask and an ordinary piece of artwork almost simultaniously. :D
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Elfmaiden687 May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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