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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Zombie Paper Mache Dragon

Hi everyone.  Well, this has been another case of ADHD art.  I started on Drogon, but ended up making a zombie dragon.   I was planning to do that for Halloween.  But I just got swept up in it.   So let me show you a little of this one, then I’ll get back to work on Drogon.

Just because you are my blog followers I’ll be honest and tell you that I would do this differently if I were to do it again (even though I kind of want to because I’m compulsive, I won’t be doing this again).   I envisioned one side of him that was a little less rotten so that you could see what the dragon would have looked like pre-zombie.  That became this side.

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- less rotten side

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- less rotten side

But then I wanted a side that was more rotten.  That’s turned into this side.  See, you can see the skull and lots of sinew and rotten stuff.

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- more rotten side

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- more rotten side

But now I wish I’d made him much more radically rotten on both sides with more sinew and bone and maybe some veins showing all over.   Still, over all I’m happy with how this project turned out.   Rather than being creepy it turned out quite pretty.   I always say this, but I’m going to say it again anyway, this dragon is much nicer looking in person.  There are many subtleties in the color the camera just didn’t pick up.  For example it’s hard to tell that the holes on the neck are really deep and that the sinew has many colors in it.  Here’s a close up to show you what I mean.

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- sinew

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- sinew

See what I mean?   And it’s really hard to see the nice movement in the neck.   Look at it from underneath (I’d just finished the breast plates).

paper mache zombie dragon-breast plates

paper mache zombie dragon-breast plates

And I added some lights behind the eyes.  It seems a little goofy.   The eyes are really nice without lights.  I had Robert from  Masterpiece eyes ( make them for me.  They are soft and I noticed that they diffused light really well.  So I added the l.e.d.s behind them.    They really do turn the eyes a very nice glowing red.  So I take my previous comment back.  They aren’t too goofy.  They are kind of cool especially with the lights low.


Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- close up

Zombie Paper Mache Dragon- close

Finally, I did make a video of this project if you are interested.  You can find it here:

Okay, so now I’ll get back to Drogon.   Thank you for your patience!

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Paper Mache Drogon – Tongue, Paper Mache, Horns

Hello everyone.   Well, the dust has finally settled on my blog disaster.   I’ve finally populated this new blog with all of the posts I thought worth while to save from my last blog.  I’ve put them together by project and under the button, “Older Paper Mache Projects”.

Now, back to the young-adult version of Drogon.  As I mentioned in my first post I can’t make a full sized version of this dragon like I did when he was a juvenile  (    This will be a trophy.   I bought a nice walnut plaque.   I love walnut.

So much of doing art isn’t very exciting.   In fact most of it is “grunt” work.    That becomes very evident as I consider what to put in these posts.   Most of this post is about several little parts of this project.    Nevertheless, I decided to write about them.

I’d had just added the cloth mache on the jaws in my last post.  Drogon will be screaming so I need a nice tongue.  I have a great way of making tongues.   I twist paper (phone book paper in this case) around a piece of wire clothes hanger.    I wrap it with masking tape.

Paper Mache Drogon- twist paper for tongue

Paper Mache Drogon- twist paper for tongue

I make two of these and lay them next to each other.   Then I add a piece of masking tape along the back.

Paper Mache Drogon- parts for tongue

Two halves of a tongue


I bend the tongue into the shape I want.   Then I wrap the tongue with cloth dipped in glue.11 Paper Mache Drogon- wrap cloth around tongueI use a knife to make a crease.

Paper Mache Drogon- crease in tongue

Adding the crease.

I always paint the jaws and the tongue before assembly.  Much easier than doing it after the project is put together.  12 Paper Mache Drogon- paint jawsI also blackwash the tongue and the jaws.   13 Paper Mache Drogon- blackwash tongue 14 Paper Mache Drogon- blackwash jawsI want to add a significant section of the neck to this trophy so I needed to make one.   I started by stacking several wads of newspaper and taping them together.

Paper Mache Drogon- wads of paper for neck

Wads of paper for neck.

I wrestle with this stack of wadded paper until I get the curve I want.16 Paper Mache Drogon- beginning of neck

Then I added the paper mache.17 Paper Mache Drogon- paper mache neckI drilled a hole in the back of the plaque.  I’ll use this to hang the trophy over a long screw driven into the wall.18 Paper Mache Drogon- cut hole in plaqueJust checking the neck (after it dried) against the plaque.  19 Paper Mache Drogon- NeckDrogon has many long horns coming out of his cheeks and other parts of his face.   I decided to use Fimo for these.   I used quite a few packages because some of these horns are pretty large.   You’ll notice that they got burned while in the oven.   I really like the effect.   They are dragon horns after all.20 Paper Mache Drogon- hornsThat’s it for now.   Thanks for coming along for the ride.


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Thank you everyone.

I’m just blown away by all of you!     Thank you for coming to my new blog site and for continuing to follow me.   It inspires me to do a better job keeping up with my posts.   I got the first one up for my new Drogon trophy.    I’m not exactly sure how to deal with all of the posts I had archived before my old blog disappeared.   I was able to export them, all 1500 pages of them, before the site stopped.   But what to do with 1500 pages!   I’ll have to purge and find a way for you to access the most informational of those.  

Again, thank you all.   You are the best.


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