Paper Mache Minotaur

Okay, so this is weird.  I’m absolutely sure that I posted photos of my Minotaur (for the Screamer Challenge on the Paper Mache Art Facebook page) here.  But I don’t see it.  It must have been in my dreams.  It was the first of three non-dragon projects I made before allowing myself to get back to Drogon.  So…ignore this if you’ve already seen it on Facebook.

Paper Mache Minotaur

Front view

Paper Mache Minotaur-sideSide View

Paper Mache Minotaur- back

Back view

Okay,  NOW back to Drogon!

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Paper Mache “Unipossum”

Hi there.  As I mentioned earlier, I have a dragon problem.  I hate being too one dimensional with my paper mache.  So I made a goal of finishing three non-dragon projects before allowing myself to get back to dragons.   This is the third and final.   I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting for Drogon.  I swear, next post will be back with him.

Here is the mystical, magical “Unipossum”.

Paper Mache Unipossum

Just before he gets run over

Paper Mache Unipossum-side

Doing this hair was fun.  I used three different human wigs.   I hot glued patches, then I gave him a haircut.

Paper Mache Unipossum-top

See you soon with another Drogon installment.   (I know, I said that before.   So just pretend that I didn’t.)(You can see my ADHD style of art extends into my blog posting as well.)

Take care


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Paper Mache “Great Bite” Shark

Well, as is often the case I got distracted from finishing my Drogon trophy.   There was a “Screamer Challenge” to attend to on the Paper Mache Art Facebook page.   I made a Minotaur-ish Screamer for that.   And I’d started this shark a while back and decided to finish it.   So here it is.   I titled this piece  “Great Bite” Paper Mache Shark.   With this first photo I think you can see why I called it that.

Paper Mache Shark

Here is all of him.    He mounts on the wall in the same way as a trophy would, on a long screw.

Paper Mache Shark

“Great Bite” Shark

At the last moment I decided to give him a little Pilot fish friend

Paper Mache Shark-Dan Reeder


I also finished another project last night.   It’s another non-dragon piece.  I intend to get some photos of that today.  Maybe I’ll post those tomorrow.   And perhaps the Minotaur as well.   I’m going to make time-lapse videos of all of these when I get time.  Just thought some of you might like to see them before they show up on Youtube.

Then I’m going to get back to Drogon.   I have to admit, it’s kind of fun to make pieces that aren’t dragons once in a while.    Thanks for stopping by!


PS.  If you want to see the time-lapse video of this project, you can find it here,

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Paper Mache Drogon: Young Adult Version- horns and nose

Hi everyone.   Here is just a quick update on my latest paper mache Drogon.   I’m not as far along on this as I should be.   The reason is the usual one; I started a couple of other projects.   My “Paper Mache Art” Facebook group is running a “Screamer Challenge” so I needed to get something started there (since this originates from my first book, The Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mache (1984)).    There are no rules or prizes.   A simple monster is all that is required.   Participants will just post there monsters before Halloween.   There is no telling how many people will actually make a monster to post.   It always sounds like such a good idea six months before.  I still enjoy making simple monsters once in a while, so it’s not a burden.  And I started another fun, non-dragon project.   The only hint I’ll give is that it starts with sea.  Sorry, I’m not taking video or photos of these builds.   But I’ll take some at the end when they are finished.  Sometimes it’s just really nice to work without bumping into cameras.

Meanwhile, back to Drogon.  I finished adding the horns.   It looks like I just plopped them on randomly.   But I didn’t.   I used a very careful process.   First I put some on.  Then I took some off.  Then I added put some back on.   Then I took all of them off.   Then I put a few back on.  Then I ate a whole package of Graham Crackers (with milk) before addind a few more.  Then I added even more.  Then more.  Then I realized that I was getting a little obsessed.  I needed to stop adding horns!   In fact, I wanted to tear every single lousy horn off for a second time.    But the few rational brain cells I have left told me to sleep on it.   Funny how it is…at 1:30 in the morning I hated how the horns looked.  Then at 9:30 that same morning, after getting 8 hours of sleep, the horns looked pretty damn good.    So I stopped.  Here are just a few photos showing how it all went, sort of.

First the long-ish horns.   Then a few shorter ones along the jowls.

paper mache drogon- more big horns paper mache drogon- add smaller horns

I decided to run two rows of smaller horns down the nose.  Of course he needed a nose to run the horns to.   So I fashioned some nostrils out of rolled paper and masking tape.    Then I cut holes so he could breathe.

paper mache drogon- add really small horns paper mache drogon- cut nose hole

Here are two angles of Drogon with all of his new, glorious horns.     Make sure you look at these photos when you are well rested!

paper mache drogon- with horns added

paper mache drogon front view

See you all again soon for some cloth mache.  Thank you for stopping by!



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Paper Mache Drogon: Young Adult version- eyes and spines

Hi everyone.   Well, I’ve been very busy.   But I got some work done on Drogon.   In the last post I added the jaws.   As always, I used paper mache shells to build the face.   I cut off a large piece from a paper mache ball and put it on the top of the head.   Then I used another piece of shell to fill in some gaps.   And I used more pieces to add some bulk to the back of the jaws.

paper mache drogon- add to neck paper mache drogon- add jowls

I added some eyes.  Then I twisted some paper and wrapped tape around it which I fashioned into brows.  I did the same for cheeks.

paper mache drogon- add jowls 37 paper mache drogon- add eyes

I wanted some webbed spines.  In fact, I wanted a pair of them running parallel to each other down the neck.    The Drogon in “The Game of Thrones” TV series had dual, webbed spines just like this.    I made the spines by twisting paper around pieces of wire clothes hangers and wrapping them with masking tape.  I poked holes along the neck with an ice pick for the spines.

38 paper mache drogon- make spines 39 paper mache drogon-poke holes

I squirted some hot glue into the holes and inserted the spines.   Then I draped some cloth between the spines on one side, and then the other.

40 paper mache drogon- add spines 41 paper mache drogon-webbing spines

After they dried I cut some scallops between the webbing.

42 paper mache drogon- webbed spines close up 43 paper mache drogon- webbed spines

I think the flared spines give this dragon a really fierce look.    Or, they will by the time it’s finished.   Time for the horns, the most prominent feature of this dragon.  I started with the long ones.   More to come.

Paper Mache Drogon- first horns

I’ll stop here.   Thanks for stopping by!



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Don’t buy this Paper Mache book if….

…. you already have my Dragon-maker’s Handbook and/or you already know more than you ever cared to know about my paper mache techniques.    I just finished revising my Dragon-maker’s Handbook and some of you will probably get a notice from Amazon.  I want those of you who follow my blog to know what this is all about so that you don’t think you are missing something.   I have to say that I was always a little embarrassed by the lack of sophistication of my Handbook.   I made it shortly after I posted my first, dragon-making video on YouTube.  I was inundated with requests for more information.  So I quickly put that Handbook together to augment the video.  I’ve wanted to revise and update it for years.   I finally did.   I’m much happier with this one.   It is more complete.  The photos are much better.    I added a chapter on trophies since those are so much fun to make.   Everything about it is better than the Handbook.    Still, it is a revision of the Handbook.    Of course you don’t need any of my books to understand what I do.  Just look at my videos and blog posts.

Then again….you may have an “artistic” niece or nephew.   Christmas is coming….

If you want a great gift….  then follow this link to my website.

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Paper Mache Drogon-Young Adult Version-attach jaws

Thank you for your patience.   As usual, I’ve been very busy.   I don’t know how I ever held a regular job.     I left off with Drogon’s jaws.   Drogon has lots of little, white teeth.    In this case I used “special effect” Fimo.    When you turn off the lights you can see the “effect”.   I don’t really care that they glow in the dark.   It’s just that the color is perfect for teeth.  It’s a little bit creamy, not stark white.

Paper Mache Drogon-jaws  Paper Mache Drogon-at night

This is a great time to add the tongue and create a jaws assembly.   You can always add the jaws onto the neck separately.  But most of the time it is easier to put the jaws together in advance.   I cut a hole just under the paper mache shell (in between the paper mache and the cloth mache inside the mouth).  I bent the tongue into a “U” shape at the base.  Then I pushed it into the hole.

Paper Mache Drogon-insert tongue  Paper Mache Drogon-insert tongue2

I added tape where I inserted the jaws and then taped the jaws together in the back.     Meanwhile I needed to attach the neck to the plaque.   First I cut open the base of the neck.  It’s a bit tricky to cut this at just the right angle.  I pulled out the wads of paper that I originally used to construct the neck.   This left a big paper mache shell.

Paper Mache Drogon-finished jaw  Paper Mache Drogon-neck

I taped this shell to the plaque and hung it just to make sure that everything was positioned the way I wanted.  This looked good.   I cut off the other end of the paper mache shell so that I could add the jaws.  But first, I wanted to add some cloth mache to give additional strength to the neck.   To protect the beautiful wood of my plaque I covered it with masking tape.  Note that I added more tape between the neck and the plaque as well.

Paper Mache Drogon-check neck  Paper Mache Drogon-add tape

I drilled holes around the neck through the wood.  Then I inserted straightened clothes hangers through them.   I bent the hangers on the back side of the plaque so they wouldn’t pull through.  Then I taped the hangers to the neck.  I probably used too many hangers here.   But this neck is long so I didn’t want to take any chances.   I added a few layers of the cloth mache over all of this.   It took over a week for this to dry completely.  So what did I do while it was drying?  I started a couple more projects!   ADHD art.

Paper Mache Drogon-add clothes hangers  Paper Mache Drogon-add cloth

Paper Mache Drogon-add jawsI inserted my jaw assembly into the hole at the end of the neck and added a lot of masking tape to hold it in.


I’ll stop here.   I promise I’ll get back soon with the next installment.  I will.   Thank you for stopping by.









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