Welcome! My name is Dan (the monster-man) Reeder. I am a paper mache artist living in Seattle, Washingmachine. This site is all about paper mache.
I know that most of you have had some experience with this medium. When people ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them that I’m a paper mache artist, they get a certain look on their faces. I can almost see them drifting back in time. In their mind’s eye they see a paper mache piggie made with toilet paper tube legs that they made in elementary school. Because I know what these people are thinking, I always make sure that I have access to a photo of the kind of paper mache I do. Something like this…
or my latest commission, the five-headed Tiamat Dragon from Dungeons and Dragons. Here it is before paint.
This isn’t your third grade paper mache. Did you know that the paper mache piggie is still a staple in many elementary school classrooms? That or some other variation of the exercise involving a balloon, insuring that every kid ends up with an uninspired project that looks exactly like everyone else’s uninspired project in the class. This has to stop! I’ve spent 40+ years trying to change the face of paper mache. It is a wonderful medium for self expression. It deserves more attention. I’m proud to say that I’ve helped bring about a small renaissance of sorts with my books and videos.
On this site you can read more about how I got started. Go to the “About Me” page. I do have how-to books for those of you who want to learn more about my paper mache techniques. More about them on the “My Books” page.
You can find many photos of my work on the “My Paper Mache” page. But much of my site is devoted to the paper mache art of other people. Ever since my first book, The Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mache came out in 1984, people have been sending me photos of the projects they have made. This has been the one of the most satisfying parts of doing this work. Note that not everyone who sends me a photo uses my specific paper mache methods. “Paper Mache” encompasses a broad range of styles and techniques. But many do. But what is common to all of these photos is that they reflect the supreme joy and satisfaction that comes along with creating art. It is thrilling to seemingly pull something amazing out of thin air. If you need convincing, just look at this photo of Kiran with his paper mache monster. Q.E.D.
You can see many more of the photos people have sent on the “Your Paper Mache ” pages. Many are also scrolling across the top of this page along with some of my work. (While I’m on this subject I have to say that this my new, revised website. It is still under construction. Mostly I’m behind with the re-posting the hundreds of photos people have sent. I had many pages of them on my former site. It has been a nightmare finding all the photos. If you are one of the many people who have sent me photos of your paper mache and you don’t see them on these pages, all I can do is offer my apologies and assure you that they will be up again soon. If I’ve made a mistake moving these files, please let me know and I’ll make corrections. You can contact me at dan@GourmetPaperMache.com. Thank you for your patience!)
So take a look around. If you want to see my latest time-lapse video, go to “My Paper Mache Videos“. I do sell my work once in a while. So I have an “Art for Sale” page as well. I have a “Site Map” for spiders who are lost. What else? Oh yes, I have a “Blog” page that leads to my blog. My blog is called, Gourmet Paper Mache Blog. That’s where you can see what I’m working on at the moment. Right now I’m making a fun commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. I am making a paper mache, five-headed trophy of the Tiamat Dragon from Dungeons and Dragons. It is five-headed hydra, each head having its own set of colors and characteristics. So much fun! Here is what it looks like so far.
And here is a baby paper mache dragon I made on the side.
I also detail the making of many of my older projects in my blog. I offer commentary about paper mache, and anything else that pops into my mind. Finally, because I get asked the same questions over and over and over I decided to add a paper mache “FAQ” page. Thank you for stopping by!
Oh…while you are here….
I participate in the “Top 100 craft site” report. If you like my site please cast your vote for me by clicking the link below. (Since I’m the only paper mache site on the list, I think that casting a vote for my site is really casting a vote for paper mache as an art form). It will open a window for you to view the top craft sites. Check some of them out or stay here and browse. Either way, thank you for visiting! And thanks for your support of my rather eccentric art style.