Paper Mache Dragon-like Cat- finished!

Hey everyone.  Well, it’s time to finish this series of posts.  I know that you know that the project is already finished.   So these posts needs to catch up.   If you don’t care about process, just hop to the bottom of the page and check out the video.  I provided a link to the Facebook upload and  another to Youtube (in case you hate Facebook with its evil, sneaky, non-private privacy policies).    I appreciate your patience.  I was busy finishing my latest dragons at the same time I was making this.

We left of with a masking tape face.   So I added the cloth mache to the rest of the project.

cloth mache face -small

Then I did the initial paint job.  I have to admit, I wanted it to be a little “Eddie-like” in the color scheme.

paper mache cat paint- small

As always, I “ruin” the paint job by blackwashing.

And then fixed it again with a lot of dry brushing.

paper mache cat touch up2- small paper mache cat -touch up -small

I added some detail painting on the nose, around the eyes and lips.   Usually I wait until the project is finished to scrape the eyes.  But I decided to do it a little early this time.

paper mache cat paint nose -small paper mache cat scrape eyes two-small

Mazzy was obsessed with this project, particularly the ears.  She kept chewing on them!   Abby did it too, but just once.  So strange.

mazzy and cat dragon -small

I added whiskers to fill out the thin face.   I hot glued clumps of bristles from cheap paint brushes on the jowls and to the ends of the ears and the tail.

paper mache cat whiskers -small

I like the little tuft on the tail.

paper mache cat tail -small

Finally I added some clear casting resin to the mouth just to make it shinier.

Had to get a shot of Abby with the project as well.   Otherwise she would be jealous of Mazzy.   Isn’t she cute (and hasn’t she grown?  They grow up so fast.  She’ll be ready for college soon.)?


I’m pleased with the finished face.   I have gotten quite a few comments about this project being “creepy”, even “uber creepy”.   I don’t see it.  But that’s okay.  I was going for wild because of the “feral” theme.  But creepy is okay.  Some people see all clowns as creepy too.   (Of course they ARE creepy)(then again, I thought Barney the dinosaur was creepy)

paper mache cat finished close up -small

And it’s very lanky, the dragon part.  Some people said that it didn’t look like a cat because of that.   All I can say is that it’s not actually a cat.   It’s a cat-like dragon or a dragon-like cat kind of thing.   And of course it is not actually real.  It is ART.

paper mache cat finished 2 -small

The video will give you a better idea of the project.

I’ll be back with something else soon.


Make art!

Video on Youtube

The video on Facebook.

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49 Responses to Paper Mache Dragon-like Cat- finished!

  1. Michael Murphy says:


  2. Martina says:

    I don’t find your cat dragon to be creepy at all…I think he/she is awesome…nice job Dan! Eddie would be proud…:)

  3. Jack O. Summers says:

    Another GREAT work !!!

  4. cloudyk says:

    Fantastic! So very cool! Catharine Kennedy

    Sent from my iPad


  5. orianamoon says:

    Perfect combination of cat and dragon! Love it.

  6. Pamela Wilson says:

    I love your sculpture! You have inspired me to make several pieces myself (not dragons).
    Now I’m “feeling the need” to make a few more pieces — only have one left. My main problem is finding a source for wonder eyes like those you use. Are you using taxidermy eyes or are you making your own?
    Thanks again for all the inspiration.

    • Thanks Pamela! I buy my eyes online from taxidermy companies. You can buy “blanks” from them as well so you can paint your own. I alter them sometimes with a Drummel tool. Good luck!

      • Pamela Wilson says:

        I love sculpture and working with paper. Even though I don’t have my two cat assistants any more, I now have two terriers that are “raring to” get started. I’ll have to check out some sources for eyes and get started again.

        Thanks again for you information and inspiration.

  7. Sharon Hastings says:

    I really like the way you made the cat dragon. He,she looks sweet. I do prefer your dragons but know it’s nice to try something different once in awhile.

  8. Lori says:

    Great job as usual! I always love all your creations.
    Adorable kitty cats, too. I think they approve of your new addition!

    Take care,

  9. Cath says:

    A sabre tooth dragon, your cat seems to approve.😊

  10. Janice says:

    Absolutely fantastic as your creations always are!

  11. Julia says:

    Another wonderful creation! Beautiful. I love the finished colours too! And your feline pals obviously approve. ❤

  12. solitaire777 says:

    Hi Dan, fab work as always! Your furbabies chewed on his ears cos they were trying to get him to play…lol. Either that or they liked him a bit too much, if you get my meaning…wink. They are growing girls after all…hahaha. Your creations are brilliant! He’s a very handsome wee fellow. Can’t wait to see what gem of a surprise you have up your sleeve. ❤

  13. AnnaMaria Picinich says:

    Barney was definitely creepy!

  14. Jennifer Bowers says:

    Thanks for the update on a great finished project. It is purrrrfect. I love the tufts of hair and I’ll try using cheap paint brush bristles for one of my upcoming projects.

  15. Cynthia Meadows says:

    Love it! I always look forward to your next creation!

  16. says:

    I love it

    Sent from my iPhone


  17. Carol says:

    Hey Dan, congrats on another extraordinary piece of art. I had to smile when you pointed out that it isn’t real! But it is real art. Can’t see that it’s creepy, but I guess creepiness is in the eye of the beholder, huh? Well done! Now I’m going to enjoy the video. Carol

  18. Ralph Simpson says:

    You’re an absolute master sculpter, love it. Abby is beautiful.

  19. Jan Singleton says:

    Really love this dragon cat … fabulous face … you are very talented and I love seeing your work.

  20. Barbara Sutton says:

    WOW! Another great paper mache. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Stella says:

    I love what you’ve done with his ears! The folds of skin and the little tufts of fur in them are just excellent. So are the horns and mane around his jowls. He looks very playful too, it’s something about the way he’s standing. As always, you have a real talent for giving your sculptures personality.

  22. zfs123 says:

    Cool project! I like how you’re exploring different subjects for your projects, however, I would like to see you maybe make a smaller piece; all the pieces you make are so big! I made a miniature dragon, and I really want to see how you would make one…. Anyway, you have amazing paper mache skills!

    • I think one of the best features of this medium is that you can make larger pieces. I have made smaller dragons, and it is actually more labor intensive. I prefer the size I’m working in at the moment. But thanks for the kind words. Good luck with you work.

  23. Phyl says:

    Hey Dan, not sure how else to contact you so I’ll do it here… I’m not sure you are aware, but there’s gonna be a national convention of art teachers in Seattle this March 22-24. I was hoping (fingers crossed) to somehow see you on the schedule, but I guess not. I’ll be in the city visiting with my brother (Seattle-based astrologer Rick Merlin Levine) for a few days prior and was wondering if you ever welcome visitors to see your studio.

    • Hello Phyl. I’m very flattered by your request. My studio is actually the basement of my house. I accommodated many visits over the years, but it got to be overwhelming. It became impossible to schedule them all. And we also had some very unfortunate incidents during a few of those visits. I finally had to promise my wife that I wouldn’t do it any longer. I’m sorry. I hope you have a good time at the conference. I taught school for 40 years. Every so often I miss it 🙂

      • Phyl says:

        I totally understand. I am retired now – taught for 36 years but still work with kids sometimes and have stayed involved with art teacher groups. But anyhow, if there any of your pieces visible to the public anywhere in or around the city, please let me know. I’m willing to explore almost anywhere, and I’d love to see one of your dragons or other pieces.

  24. Diann says:

    Hey Dan. Not getting your posts for some reason so I just saw this. I think it it is fabulous. Love that you combined the cat and the dragon. I really don’t see creepy. The face looks mischievous to me. Like she is up to something. Love to see your cat helpers in your videos and stills. I now have a rescue cat and he has become my constant companion. His loose fur that floats around my studio is what helps bind my mâché together. Lol! Have you decided on a new project?

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