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Tsuru by merimask Tsuru by merimask
"Tsuru" means "crane" in Japanese.

This mask was made as a very special gift. I was thinking about healing when I made it. It is very much inspired by Ukiyo-e art...popular woodcut prints of the 16th through 19th century, commonly seen in Japan. That's why I chose to do tea-stained clouds.

Like all my masks, this mask is carved out of 8oz leather, three times the thickness of most Venetian-style leather masks. This allows me to carve the leather deeply, but requires me to shape the entire sculpture by hand with no use of molds or armatures.

I painted it with a variety of acrylic stains that are both waterproof and colorfast. I like to mix my own colors. I also do not use an airbrush...that's all done by hand.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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undressedunstressed Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Love this unusual mask
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
This is stunning!
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SugarRiot Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
truly, amazing. Speechless. :iconamazingplz:
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Haru02Nyappy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How beautiful!!!♥ ♥
You are really good!!!*w*
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WallStorm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
this is art :) absolutely, so beautiful!
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okinawan-koi Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Is that Fujisan coming out of the bottom tsuru's legs?
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LittleForestWolf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favorite of all your masks. It just speaks to me!
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merimask Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)
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Navare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! It's so creative- you don't see many masks like this, where there isn't a set form, and the entire thing just looks awesome :)
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foxangelchan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
This is really unique and exquisitely done. You see a lot of masks focusing on the facial structure, particularly making one's face into a different face (animal or person) but you rarely see a scene as a mask. This is absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure whoever you made it for treasures it.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is such a magical and quite serene feeling to your mask. Tancho also means "Crane" in Japanese too.
:hug: =D :clap: :wow:
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. I'm a big ukiyo-e fan myself.
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Beckyblacktears Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what I would give for your talent...
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Carlotta4th Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   General Artist
I originally thought this piece was like your dragon one--not a mask, but meant to be hung on a wall. Finding out it was a mask made it even more interesting! Quite a beautiful piece.

The only thing I don't like is the mountain. It seems out of place among the clouds and sun.
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Percival-Kitteneater Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
This is just...beautiful. O__o
I love the colors and how it's asymmetrical but still looks balanced.
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NicoleTehHegdehog Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Your masks are awesome! What do you make them out of?
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:iconmerimask:
merimask Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-)

Leather. Check out my journal on the front page of my DA to see a tutorial about how I make these.
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NicoleTehHegdehog Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Okay. Will do!
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
a very interesting composition... I like how it's kinda simplified but still elegantly complicated :D
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SarurunKamui Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I love the flow of the wings and the clouds, and the shiny gold on the sun.
Oh, and you even added the mountain. I just noticed that. X3
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merimask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah there's a lot going on in this mask.
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Sonflowerseedz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
This one made my heart skip a beat...
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww...thank you. It was a very special mask to be sure. :-)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That is an insane piece of work. So exquisitely crafted, in one of my favourite mediums too. What I find most intriguing are the wings, and their flow. Beautiful work :heart:
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! I definitely wanted to do something really unique with this piece & I think I succeeded.
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
I agree with all of the enthusiastic responders so far! This is lovely work. The shapes flow so well into each other. I love how far away from the traditional mask 'outline' that you've gone with this.

Found this through :iconchaos2112:'s journal. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you...I was in a stage where I was experimenting with "scenery" masks. I had a lot of fun with those; did pirate ships and ponds too...it was fun but too unconventional to sell commercially.
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sheanar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
i love the composition of this mask so much... breathtakingly beautiful :+favlove:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I'd never seen anyone make a mask depicting scenery before, so I wanted to give it a try. The shaping process caused Fujiyama to slip sideways a little but other than that, I was really happy with it.
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NoreLineas Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh if only there was a masquerade ball coming up soon... you're masks are wonderful! I love the design on this one the most I believe; it's very unique in the use of the herons and the overall composition. The wings going 'off' the plane at opposite ends also make it quite handsome!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I was aiming for the look of ukiyo-e art but with a 3-d effect. This mask was a ton of fun to make. ^_^
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kaiya880 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student General Artist
This is so wonderful :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much...it was a really special mask.
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Superb! I love masks in general and this one seems an excellent combination of Venetian and Japanese elements.
The colours and composition are perfect, I admire all the details and the way they were put together.
Definitely one of the most special masks I've ever seen... Harmonious and unique! :+fav:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm a big fan of ukiyo-e art...wanted to make a "scenery" mask that employed traditional Japanese woodcut art elements. It seemed the perfect subject matter.
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
You're welcome! This turned out very nice, it's such a memorable scene.
It looks like wood at first glance, too. Wonderful skills in achieving that! :clap:
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Lanisha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, when I saw this piece, it reminded me of wood carvings and then I read the artist's comments and it turns out to be actually based on them ^^ =P Only another proof of your talent I would say :) Btw, the design is amazing! And so original as well, I'm very impressed :clap:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, I'm a big fan of ukiyo-e woodcut prints...I thought it might be interesting to do something derivative of that style.
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Lanisha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like that worked out well! ;)
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Empatheia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
I... have I seen this before? I don't think I have. I would have remembered.

NEW FAVOURITE

This is unbelievably beautiful.
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is the mask I made for Higuchi-san as a gift. It kind of opened a LOT of doors for me. ^_^
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Empatheia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
It's magical.
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