Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Finished!

First, the painting.

Painting this project was a lot more challenging than most.   Because the paint does not easily come off the resin horns and eyes I had to take care from the beginning not to splatter paint everywhere.  My “fast and furious” method of painting became slow and laborious.   Don’t get me wrong, I took this as a challenge and enjoyed every minute of it.  

First I carefully painted between all the horns.  Then around the eyes.  

Paper Mache Ice dragon-paint between horns

On the main part of the trophy I painted first with dark blue, then while it was still wet I added some white to get a lighter shade on the scales.

Paper Mache Ice dragon- blue 

Paper Mache Ice dragon- add white

Of course after the initial painting dried, I “blackwashed” the project.  This is where many people who use my techniques hesitate.  They fall in love with the bright colors and they don’t want to “ruin” the piece.  

Paper Mache Ice dragon-first paint

But it never does.  It accentuates the detail and makes the colors pop even more.  

Paper Mache Ice dragon-blackwash

Paper Mache Ice dragon- wipe off black paint

As I did with the mouth, I added glitter over the entire project.  I wanted it to look frosted.  It’s an ice dragon after all.   Still, it was risky.  But I have to say that I’m very happy with the way it turned out. 

Paper Mache Ice dragon- finished paint

Paper Mache Ice dragon-glitter

I’ll add some final photos in the next post.  

P.S.  I must give a shout out to my little “helper” Maisie!  How could I work without her encouragement.  (Abbie doesn’t care about my projects, but she’ll stop by to say “hi” once in a while.)

Paper Mache Ice dragon with Maisie

 Thanks for stopping by!


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26 Responses to Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Finished!

  1. Cher from Maine - now in Florida says:

    Magnificent! You never stop raising the bar, Dan! Keep up the amazing work-

  2. Rose schmidt says:

    I have always admired your work, just want to encourage you. As I look at the ice dragon I was imagining his entire body weaving in and out of the wall his head would be mounted on. Now that would be the most awesome of all your work if you made that happen. Imagine a portion of his body and wing a bit further back and then wall and then tail end again emerging from the wall…

  3. As always Dan, Just amazing! The black wash always makes it look great, though there are times I have thought I kinda hate to “ruin” the color, but it does look much better, its a very unique look. That was a huge amount of work, I bet you are glad to be at the finish line with this one! Next…lol

    • Thank you! I’m always happy to see a project finished, but not because I was getting tired of working on it or unhappy about the labor. I really do enjoy every part of the work including the slow and tedious parts. I appreciate your comments.

  4. auriga2ltd says:

    Absolutely stunning! I have followed your work for years, and you never disappoint!!!

  5. Rick Neilsen says:

    Wow Dan! This ice dragon is going to look amazing lights on or off!

  6. Shawn says:

    Hey Dan,

    I have really loved watching your dragons evolve! You keep pushing the electronics and materials you use to accentuate them. Really great! I’m always excited when you put out a new video too. This one is so beautiful! When will you, or have you ever, added sound to any of your sculptures? like, maybe on a motion sensor?

    • Thanks for the nice remarks Shawn! I think the lights look okay on this project, but I don’t think I’ll continue with that. Not sure what sounds would work coming from a dragon. But I appreciate the suggestions.

  7. Claudia Jaramillo says:

    You are an amazing artist. I would love to commission a Maleficent dragon from you.

    • Thank you Claudia. I am very flattered. Unfortunately I never make the same project twice. That is a promise I make to people who commission my work. I guarantee that the work will be unique.

  8. Mark McCauley says:

    Completely AWESOME!!! Very nice job Mr. Dan. I can’t wait for the video!

  9. JerryFL says:

    I am a newbie at paper mache. Love you work and the “blackwashing technique”. What are the best types of paint for this?

    • Hello Jerry. Sorry, I’m just now seeing your question. I just use all purpose paint. And water based paint will do. Water based so you can add water to make a wash. I use black a lot but I’ve also added blue washes and red washes.

  10. Jimmy c says:

    Top class thanks for sharing with us, amazing.

  11. Wantiwa HELLE says:

    My son (8 year old) has followed your works since he was 7 old. You are his inspiration👍. Now he would like to try to make his first papermach. Thank you for sharing inspired vdo and blog.

    Best regards
    Mom from NORWAY 😊

  12. Roberta St Paul-pipes says:

    Your Dragons are wonderful! I have been in love with Dragons for many years but have never yet built one. It is a challenge. I have made some scary fish I call “psycho” fish from papier mache and have sold a few. The weather in south Texas, where I live, is quite humid and because of this I have added a coat of Bondo before I paint and they seem to be impervious to moisture. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Thank you Roberta. Glad you like the work. I love making aquatic creatures. I also made many crazy fish over the years. Living in the Pacific Northwest any thing coming out of the water was popular. I appreciate the note. Good luck with your art!

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