People and paper mache

Hi all.  It’s time to make a post, even if there is no art in it.   I feel the need to share with my friends what is happening in case you are one of those people waiting in line for a response to an email or message.  This wave of interest in my work, and paper mache generally, has not waned at all.   In fact, I feel hopelessly buried.   I am now convinced of the power of social media!    I understand why it can bring down a government!  It’s brought me down (a thriving enterprise of one!).   I’m convinced that it’s because of a few of you that this all happened.  It’s because you shared a video or two of mine that at least one of them has gone viral on Facebook.    So thanks; it’s because of you I don’t have enough time to shower!  :-)    There doesn’t seem to be place where it started, like some theoretical point in the universe where the big bang started.   By looking at the “activity” log on Facebook, it seems to be just people sharing with friends, sharing with family, sharing with the nutjob who lives in the basement apartment that everyone is afraid of.   Yes, he sent me some angry emails.    The first started, “Hey dude, how do I get one of those?”  The second and third (which I read first because of how they show up) went something like, “I’ve waited days for you to get back to me!  You obviously don’t want my business!”   To which I kindly responded, “True.”     I hope he doesn’t know where I live….but I do have that dragon in the tree…  I’m off topic.  The point is that this “thing” spread geometrically.   According to Facebook,  more than 23 million people saw my posts last week, and 29 million so far this week.   I’m not sure which post they are talking about.  But the numbers are staggering.   And I swear half of them have written to me.   I spent a few days frantically working as hard as I could to respond to the messages on Facebook, but the number of messages kept growing faster then I could respond.  Hopeless.   It’s been a little better on my website email.    I might be able to almost catch up today with those.    And luckily, I can still respond to comments made here regularly.  There are only 8 right now.  Phew!   So this is the place to contact me if you need me in the near future.  I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post more work on Drogon, or anything else.   I know this will die down.  It always does.  It better.  Then I’ll get unburied and get back to art.  Either that or I’m gonna have to hire a company in India to handle my emails (and a couple of elves)(or maybe a few of those guys who stand outside of Home Depot.  I could train them to make dragons, then sell them as my own….kind of like Dale Chihuly).

The only important part of this post is the part about getting a hold of me here.  Thank you all for your patience, and your friendship!

A sad PS.  My adorable little cat Riley, my friend for 19 years passed away two days ago.  You may have seen her in my cat enclosure video.   I’m so happy that she was able to spend the summer outside, in the fresh air.  Eddie hasn’t noticed, but Max looks for her.  He always thought Riley was his mother.

happy Riley small


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Help! Emails and paper mache art requests.

Hello old friends and anyone seeing this blog for the first time.  I have to put this message out for all the people who are sending me Facebook messages and emails.    For some reason I have gotten well over a thousand of these the last two days.   I’ve worked morning till late at night trying to respond to them all.   I will get to them all, I promise.  I always respond when people send me notes.  But it is going to take some time.   I’m a little overwhelmed right now.   So please be patient.  This will settle down.

And to my old friends…I have had a dillion (okay, half a dillion) outside forces tearing me away from Drogon.   I fantasize about working on him (yes, you read that right).   I will have a post updating progress really soon.    I know that all of you artists out there understand.   Thank you for your patience!

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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.

Oh…and of course there is a video of this being made.   It shows the project as I originally finished it.  But I hated it.  So I changed the mouth and the nose.    I like it better now.

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.

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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.

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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.

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After they dried I cut some scallops between the webbing.

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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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