Paper Mache Drogon: Young Adult Version- scale-ish skin.

Hi all.  Thank you so much for your patience.    Over the last two months it seemed as though  the cosmos conspired against my doing art.  I finally got enough of my revised website together to relax a little and get back to my art.   I decided to play around with some different textures for the scales.  So I made some fancy spitwads out of toilet paper, commercial paper mache, and white glue.  I rolled them into various sized balls.  Then I started squishing them onto Drogon.  First under the eyes…

paper mache spitballs  paper mache Drogon-spitballs under eye

…then on the rest of the face.    After that I used bigger spitwads on the neck.

Paper mache Drogon- face 1  paper mache Dragon - neck texture
I’ve never done this before so I just stuck them on in a rather random pattern.  I wanted the sizes of the spitwads to vary.  It’s a little hard to see in this photo how they all fit together.   I think it will look great once it’s painted and blackwashed to accentuate the individual spitwads.

Paper mache Drogon -neckpaper mache Dragon- with scalesSo here’s how he looks so far.   I need to do the other side and let it all dry.   Next time, paint!    Thanks for stopping by!

PS.  I do have a little secret project going as well.  I can’t tell you about it right now.   But you will be the first to know.


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Crisis averted

Hi again.  Just thought I’d add an update.  Well, “scrambling” doesn’t describe it.  I’ve been working like a dog for hours putting together the skeleton of my new, main website,   It is still under construction.  It will be a while before it has everything in it that the old one did.   I should mention, as I did on my new site, that back in the day when I first decided to have an online presence (2008) you could either set up a website (static) or a blog (dynamic).   I wanted both so I made a website and a blog.  Of course now you can put both together.   But I’ve decided to keep both, this blog, and my main site.  I have many subscribers here that I don’t want to lose by using the blog on my revised website.   So stay here for current art developments  (if I can ever get back to doing art that is).   Again, thank you for all of your concern and support.    I don’t mind if you write to tell me that something isn’t working on my revised website.   Just remember that I’ve only worked on it for six hours.  I’m sure I will have many things to fix.

Take care.  Make art!


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Paper Mache under attack! Scrambling again.

Hi everyone.    Okay, so that subject line is a bit over the top.  This is just a short rant to all of my paper mache  friends.   Some of you may remember that I had to quickly re-create my blog a couple months ago.  My former blog host sent me a note one day telling me that they were “discontinuing” their blog product.    So I scrambled here to WordPress.  I like it much better, so that was fine.    Well, this morning I awoke to see emails telling me that my my main website, is down.   I checked, and sure enough, it has been suspended.  I’ve been getting notices from my web host lately saying that I am using too much bandwidth.   Apparently too many people have been visiting my site.   I didn’t even know I had bandwidth limits until last month.  To tell you the truth, I’m not exactly sure what bandwidth is.  I called the company and tried to buy more, but was told that they didn’t know how I could do that.  Ugh.  Technology.  Love/Hate.    Anyway, I’m scrambling to put together a new site, again on WordPress.   I’ll have a skeleton siteup today.   I’m telling you this because so many of you are sending me emails telling me that my site is down.   Thank you.  I really love you all for being concerned.  I have such good friends.     It just seems that life has a way of getting in the way of art sometimes.   Does that ever happen to you?

I promise I’ll get an actual art post up here very soon.   I’ve made more progress on Drogon, and another project I’ll tell you about soon.   You have always been a very patient lot.

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Paper Mache Drogon: Young Adult Version- first cloth mache

Hi everyone.    I am very happy to announce that this little flurry of, whatever it was, is pretty much over.   With supreme effort I have been able to answer every email, every Facebook message, and every Youtube comment.   I know I didn’t have to respond to all of those inquiries, particularly the ones that started, “Hey dude….”     But I’ve always prided myself in my willingness to answer questions about this medium.  So I did.   And here I am patting myself on the back.    Thank you all for being so patient with me.  Finally, finally, I’m back to doing some art.  Drogon has been waiting patiently.   I have other projects to tell you about, but I need to finish him first.

When you saw him last, he’d just received his horns.   Time for some breastplates.   I folded strips of cloth lengthwise to give them some thickness.   I started at the bottom and layered the plates as I worked up the neck.   I added a little crease down the middle by just pinching the cloth.

paper mache Drogon- breastplates 1 paper mache Drogon- breastplates 2

I worked my way all the way up the neck and under the chin.   Next, I decided to augment the cheeks a little.   I did this in order to add something a  little special with this trophy.

paper mache Drogon- breastplates 3 paper mache Drogon- augment cheek

Check this out.  I folded the cloth on either side of the tongue.  Then I poked holes in the cloth to simulate the place where the flammable liquid squirts from his fire-making glands.  I’ve always envisioned dragons using a flame-thrower kind of mechanism.  That is, they would squirt some kind of flammable liquid out of glands inside the neck area.   This liquid would ignite as it came in contact with the air.  I’m pretty sure that this is how it worked with fire-breathing dragons.   Next, I added lips.  Once again, I folded a long strip of cloth and wrapped it around the upper half of the mouth.

paper mache Drogon- flame hole paper mache Drogon- lips 1

I added little wrinkles as I went.   After that I added the cloth mache around the eyes.   I folded a square piece of cloth and put it under the eyes.

paper mache Drogon- lips 2 paper mache Drogon- cloth mache eyes 1

I did the same on the top.   I used my glue crusted knife to push the cloth into place.   The nose came next.   If you have an eye for detail you might notice that I added a bit more flesh to the nostrils.  I wanted more of a flair.  I just used crumpled paper and tape for that.

paper mache Drogon- cloth mache eyes 2 paper mache Drogon- enhanced nose

Then, using a glue encrusted pencil, I poked a large square piece of cloth into the nostril.  I always like doing this.  Poking a piece of cloth into a nostril or ear canal always causes wrinkles to form that look pretty close to the wrinkles you’d expect in a nose or an ear.

paper mache Drogon- cloth mache nose1 paper mache Drogon- cloth mache nose2

I’ll leave you here.   I will be back again soon.  I promise!  I know….you’ve heard that before.  But it’s different this time.  Truly!

Thank you again for all of your support and patience during these last few weeks!





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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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