This is a mask I created recently, "The Root Maze". I entered it in the "Your Secret Garden" contest [link]
...the first DA contest I've ever entered! Wish me luck!.
It fits the theme, I think, because this mask is supposed to be a sheltering place for living and growing things. Rather than a sinister place, I think it's a safe place and it's also a safe mask to wear; the roots encircle your face...you can hide behind the sheltering branches like a shy girl hides behind her bangs. I scattered benevolent forest critters in there; ladybugs and butterflies and even a salamander (I think he clings in the most adorable way!). It's a quiet, still place too...quiet enough for ivy to grow undisturbed.
I love doing nature-themed art and this feels like the most "natural" of all my masks...an homage to a forest sanctuary.
Like all my art, this mask is created entirely from leather. I never use any molds or stamps or forms; it's carved and shaped by hand. I used a variety of acrylic paints and sealers...in fact the method I used to create this mask is completely documented in these tutorials:
Part one... [link]
Part two... [link]
This was an ambitious but fun project which resulted in a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art...I hope you like it. ^_^
As always, if you like my work please visit my Etsy shop: [link]