Something for Cecil – A Paper Mache Trophy of Killer Dentist, Walter Palmer

Hello all.   I’ve been very busy making art.   I’m still working on my dragon-like dragonfly.  And I’m also working on a five-headed dragon trophy commission for a restaurant in Georgia.  I’m taking photos and shooting video of it all.  I promise I’ll share.  I just haven’t had the time to both work and share.   I know you understand.    Still, despite being  very busy, I just had to find the time to make a special trophy.   In memory of that beautiful lion, Cecil.   Like 95% of the planet, I too am disgusted by the actions of Walter Palmer.   It’s unbelievable that humans can be so cruel.    He tortured Cecil because he hunts with a bow, and he’s a lousy shot.   So Cecil suffered for two days before Palmer finished him off with a gun.   Palmer and his guide said that they were horrified when they found Cecil’s chip (as they were cutting off his head).   But that didn’t stop them from taking the head, skinning him, and leaving the carcass on the side of the road.   This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  He has also killed other lions, giraffe’s, and a white rhino.

There is so little any one person can do to stop this kind of cruelty.   So this is my little protest.    If you want to see the video of this being made, just click on the photo.

PS.   Please don’t leave any comments in support of Walter Palmer.   I don’t care if he’s a great dentist.    Who would want to get a crown from a psychopath?

Paper Mache Killer Dentist

Killer Dentist Walter Palmer

See you soon!

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Paper Mache Dragonfly – body, head, and eyes

Hi all.  Well, once again, this post is late in coming.    As I’ve stated many times ….it’s not my fault.  I have an ADHD problem with my paper mache art.   I start something and then get sidetracked, usually by another piece of art.   I am also working on a commissioned piece.   I’m making a fairly large set of trophies that illustrate the “Tiamat” Dragon in Dungeons and Dragons.   It is a multi-headed dragon that has five distinct heads.   I’m doing this for a restaurant in Savannah Georgia.  More on this later.

Meanwhile, I’m still moving along with my paper mache dragon-like dragonfly.   Here is a quick progress report.

My wings are finished and waiting.   They turned out well.   So on to the body…

I want a segmented body.   I started with a medium sized paper mache ball.    I added more paper mache balls (that got smaller as I worked my way down the body)…

paper mache dragonfly- start body

… until I got to the tail.   Here is a look at the body with all the balls in place.

paper mache dragonfly- body- done

I added a couple more segments for a neck.

paper mache dragonfly- add neck

Then I made a head in the usual way.  I made teeth out of Fimo.   I cut open another paper mache ball and hot glued the teeth around the shells to make jaws.

paper mache dragonfly-head

I also made a small, dragon-like tongue.

paper mache dragonfly-tongue

I added cloth mache to the jaws and painted them blue.  Then I hot glued the tongue into the lower jaw.

paper mache dragonfly- head added

Now I must talk a bit about the eyes.  I wanted big, bulbous eyes for this project.  That would make it more insect like.   But it is also a dragon, so I wanted something that looked enough like a dragon as well.   So I used two taxidermy, elephant eyes.  I used my Dremel grinder to grind away almost all of the paint inside the eye.   I left only what I wanted as slits for the lens.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes grinding

This is how they looked.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes- first lens

Of course, as soon as I saw these lenses I realized that they were just too thin.  So I used black paint to widen the lenses.  Sorry about the next few photos.  They are pretty blurry.  But you’ll get the idea.

paper mache dragonfly- new lens

I painted some yellow stripes emanating outward from the lenses.  While still wet, I added some orange paint.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes orange added

Likewise, while the yellow and orange paint was still wet, I added a layer of red over the entire eye.   Because it was all wet, it blended together.

paper mache dragonfly- eyes with red paint

Here are the finished eyes.   I like them.  I think when they are on the project, they will look both dragon-like and insect-like.  We’ll see.

paper mache dragonfly -eyes finished

Thanks for stopping by.  More later.


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Paper Mache Dragonfly – More about the wings

Just a quick update with my dragon-like dragon fly project.    I finished the structure of all of my wings.   Here is one pair.  The other pair is the same.  I like the look.

paper mache dragonfly- final structure2

I started playing with different coverings.   To do this I made smaller mock-up structures just for experimenting.   First I tried the two varieties of sheer cloth I mentioned earlier.  One was purple-ish.   The other was very shiny.   They actually don’t look too bad in this photo.  But in person I really didn’t like the look of either.  The purple was too dark, and the shiny cloth looked too industrial.

paper mache dragonfly- practice purple and shiny

I also played with dryer sheets (on the left of this mock-up wing) and regular tissue paper.   Hated both.

paper mache dragonfly- practice tissue and dryer sheet

So I went to a fancy pants paper store close to where I live.   I found this tissue paper that has little strands of cloth in it.   I really like it.   It’s light.  It shows off the structure of the wings.   And it is just more organic.

paper mache dragonfly- cool paper

I need to trim the wings and add a layer on the back side.   But here is what it looks like on a wing.

paper mache dragonfly- best tissue paper

Yes, I’ve done some work on the body and head too!   I’ll post about those parts very soon.

Meanwhile, just reminding everyone that the drawing for my two dragons is coming soon, on June 15.  If you haven’t entered to win, please do.  It’s to support a great cause.  I want these two dragons to go home with nice people, people that care.  Like all of you!   You are the best.   If you have family or friends who don’t know about this drawing, please share either of these two videos.  and

They can enter at the Dragon Master Foundation site,  here .   Again, these people are the best.  ALL of the proceeds go to the cause.  No one gets paid on this foundation.  I choose them because they are the best, the most caring of all the organizations.  Truly.  Thank you to all who have supported!

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A chance at TWO paper mache dragons!

Hello all.    We are at the half mark to the Dragon Master Foundation drawing for my dragon.  Thank you so much to everyone who has entered!   To show my appreciation, and to show my dedication to this cause, I’ve decided to double your chances of winning a dragon!  I’m throwing my “Great Paper Mache Dragon Trophy” into the drawing.    Yes, the same one whose video went viral in December.   He is going to a home of a person who cares about kids with brain cancer.   I’ve reintroduced the video with a new plea.  You can watch it if you want (click on the photo below).   More importantly, if you haven’t entered the drawing, please do.   You can enter here,    The first name drawn will have the choice of either of the two dragons.    The second name drawn will win the other dragon.   The drawings will take place on June 15.     Please share.   And thank you again for all of your support!

By the way, the Dragon Foundation has a fun “What Color Dragon Are You?” quiz.  If you are interested, you can find that here,

paper mache dragon giveaway thumbnail

Click this to watch video. Thank you!

And I must also once again apologize to my friends outside the US who can’t participate in the contest.   The foundation would love your support, but contest regulations and shipping costs just won’t allow it.  Sorry.

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Paper Mache Dragonfly- wings

Just a short little post about the wings.   I intended to make one wing, with the cloth added before making the others, just to see if it will work the way I want.   Of course I didn’t stick to my plan.  I decided to make the top pair of wings.     I painted the structure black after I finished.   I’m pretty happy with the main structure of these wings.   They aren’t as detailed as real dragonfly wings.   I knew that would be impossible.   But they are analogous to the wings of a dragonfly.  That’s all I was shooting for.   I’m happy with them, happy enough at least to continue the project.

paper mache dragonfly wing structure finished

Next, I have to cover them with cloth.  I bought two different kinds of cloth to experiment with.   First is this purple-ish colored, sheer  kind.    I have no idea how purple it will be with only one or two layers.   We’ll see.

paper mache dragonfly cloth3

Then I have this iridescent, clear-ish cloth.   Again, very cool in many layers.

paper mache dragonfly- cloth1

Here is a close-up of this cloth.  Very cool.    Still, I’ll have to play around with both to see how each looks over my wing structure.  I’ll let you know.

paper mache dragonfly - cloth close up

I’m working on the lower pair of wings now.   Eddie saw the camera and wanted to say “hi”.

paper mache dragonfly- Eddie

This is as far as I’ve gotten on this pair.    I am happy with the bamboo.   I think it gives the organic look I wanted.

paper mache dragonfly- lower wing structure

More later.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Win this Paper Mache Dragon! And support a great cause!

Hello everyone.  It is time.   It’s been a long wait, but I’m finally able to announce this opportunity to support a great cause, and to possibly win one of my dragons.   I made this dragon for the Dragon Master Foundation because it is a wonderful organization.   The people involved in this group are totally dedicated to the fight against cancer.  All the proceeds from this campaign will support cancer research.   The expense ratio for this foundation is less than 1%!  There is no paid staff.  This is the right group to work with.

So watch the video to see the Dragon Master Foundation dragon.   (Click the photo below) Then follow this link for details.  Buying more chances to win will also get you some great perks!  I have one of the T-shirts with the dragon on it.  I love it!

PLEASE share this link with your friends and family.  I very much want this campaign to succeed.  As I head into my Medicare years, I can’t tell you I can’t tell you how many people I know who have been affected by this disease.  This is my small contribution to the fight for the cure.  Thank you for your help!

Paper mache dragon- white profile

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Paper Mache Dragonfly

Hello everyone.  Yes, it’s been a while since I posted something.  All I can say is that life sometimes gets in the way of art.  I’m sure most of you can attest to that fact.

I’ve decided to make a dragon-like dragonfly.    This idea came after getting a really cool gift from one of my daughters at Christmas.  She is a senior in the architecture program at the University of Washington.   She has access to some laser cutters in her program and she used one to cut these dragonfly wings out of wood and paper.    I was just blown away by the precision of those lasers!

paper mache Dragonfly wing

The cuts produced the most delicate structures!

paper mache Dragonfly- wing close up

The key to this project will be making wings that are analogous to wings like the ones above, but with much less detail.

I found some sticks at a craft store made from bamboo.   There are fairly flexible.  And I like the organic nature of the little branches.   So I decided to use them for the outside of my wings.

paper mache Dragonfly- bamboo

I was able to put together some pairs of sticks, ones that had matching little branches (below).  Using pairs of sticks like this I can make sure that opposite wings are somewhat consistent in structure.

paper mache Dragonfly- bamboo pairs

Using masking tape I made the basic shapes of the wings.

paper mache Dragonfly- basic wing structure

I wanted some of the interior veins to be bigger than others.  So first I used pieces of wire clothes hangers wrapped with masking tape.

paper mache Dragonfly- inside wing structure

I put those inside the top wings first.

paper mache Dragonfly- wing structure

Right now I’m adding smaller gauge wire to finish the vein-like structures inside the wings.    To tell you the truth I’m not sure this will work yet.  I’m not sure if it will look the way I want.  Obviously I can’t create anything as detailed as the paper structures.     Here is a close-up of what I’m doing.

paper mache Dragonfly- wing structure

This is a far as I’ve gotten.   Once I have the internal structures complete I will paint everything black.  Then I’ll add a layer of some really cool cloth I bought for this project.    It could be really cool.  Then again, these might end up in the garbage can.   Can’t tell yet.paper mache Dragonfly- wing structure

I’ll make another post as soon as I have all the veining finished.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  In case you’ve been wondering about the dragon raffle, that has been pushed into May (cancer awareness month).  I’ll let you know as soon as the foundation is ready to launch.

Make art!







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Paper Mache Drogon (Young Adult Version) Video

Hi all.  It always takes me more time than I expect to get these videos finished.  Of course, life has a way of getting in the way.     You all know what to expect of these videos.  So ignore this post if you don’t want to see another paper mache dragon being made!   But if you do, just click on the photo.   And remember to watch in HD.

Paper Mache Drogon

The next video will be here soon, mid-April to be exact.  That will be when the Dragon Master Foundation will launch the raffle to win the dragon I made for them (along with a spectacular co-prize…you just have to wait!  But trust me.).    Information coming soon about how to win and support the great cause of fighting cancer.

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Dragon Master Foundation Dragon

Hi everyone.   I thought I’d take a moment to post some exciting news.  Well, it’s exciting to me anyway.  I mentioned a while back that I was working on a “secret” project.  I’ve been waiting to make a post about it until things became a little more clear.  I made a dragon for the The Dragon Master Foundation that they will give away in a raffle coming soon.   This is a great organization.  Their goal is to make the “Big Data” of cancer research accessible and available to all who are working to eradicate the beast that is cancer.  They are in partnership with many of the major children’s hospitals around the country.    The money made on the raffle will help their cause.   I am waiting to post photos and a video of this dragon until the official launch of the raffle.   You will all be the first to know.  It should happen in April.   Meanwhile, check the group out. 

Dragon Master Foundation logo

I’m also working on the time-lapse video of Drogon.  I’ll have that soon.  Make art!

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Paper Mache Dragon: Young Adult Version- Painting

Hello everyone.   It is so nice to have a blog post about paper mache rather than about my technology woes.  I have been doing art in the midst of all the goofy stuff I wrote about earlier.   I finished my Drogon trophy.    I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.    I started by just painting with black paint.

 Paper Mache Drogon Tropy- paint

While the paint was still wet I added white (below) to the spitwads (gluewads).

Paper Mache Drogon Tropy- paint white on black

Then I painted the spines, and the webbing between them with red paint.  In the “Fire and Ice” books Drogon is described as being basically a black and red dragon.    And those are the colors of my earlier Drogon renditions.

Paper Mache Drogon Tropy- paint neck web

I had to repaint much of the mouth because I did a lot of work inside (described in earlier posts).

Paper Mache Drogon Tropy- paint mouth

The breastplates started as as a basic gray.   I did some washes to them,  first red, then blue, then black.

Paper Mache Drogon Tropy- breast plates

After painting I scraped the paint off of the horns.  This is a tedious process, but it’s still easier to paint over the horns and scrape later than it is to try to paint carefully around each horn.

paper mache Drogon Tropy- scrape horns

After scraping I did my usual blackwash.  But I also added a red wash as well.

Here he is!

Paper Mache Drogon Trophy final

Thank you all for your patience with this.  I will have more photos later.   And I intend to make a time-lapse video of this built.  I’ll have that soon.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was also working on a “secret” paper mache project.   I did complete that project as well.  I will make a post about that very soon, I promise.

Make art people!   I should say…Make art, people!


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