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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos to make something they love.   Makes me feel like a grandpa to these projects.  Here are some more photos of paper mache art people have sent to me. If you would like me to post your photos, send them to me at, dan@gourmetpapermache.com.   Enjoy!

Here are a couple wonderful projects made by Gill Heritage.  The first is her wyvern (a dragon with arms aside from the wings).   Under that is her “Goats and Troll at the Well.”   What fun!

Gill Heritage wyvern

Gill Heritage goatsandtrollatthewell-2

Look at this adorable little monster made by Eric van Vugt!  Wonderful!

Eric Vugt's Little Ape

A closer look at this mischievous face!

Eric van Vugt's little monster

This is Juliane Block’s cute little monster!  Just adorable.   If you’d like to see a great little video just click on the photo!

Juliane Block's Monster

Below is a fabulous monster made by Maxime Dénommé.  Great work!Maxime Dénommé paper mache monster

And here is also a dragon trophy made by Maxime.  Wonderful!

Maxime Dénommé trophy final

Check out Patti Shirley’s six and a half foot tall alien!   Excellent!  And a perfect display! (You can see more of Shirley’s paper mache on page 35!)

Patti Shirley's six and a half foot tall alien!

Rychie Floyd made a great gift for his daughter!   She made a drawing that she said was like him, and then he turned the drawing into a paper mache project!  This is “Smug.”  What fun!

Rychie Floyd;s Smug

Gordon is using his own techniques to great effect!  Below are four of his excellent works!

Visit Gordon’s website for more information about his art, here.

First is “Leaping”

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And “Hummingbird Moth”.  These are very large!

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And this is “Pelican King. ”  It is a smaller piece.

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And finally “Scorpion Snake”.   All great works!

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This is Hannah Wilson’s first paper mache dragon, a little baby!  What a beauty it is!

Hannah Wilson's first paper mache dragon

Here is Hannah’s latest dragon, a darker one.    Beautiful!

Hannah Wilson's new paper mache dragon

Bill Stringer is making some excellent paper mache dragon trophies!  Here is Bill with Vol-Arynn (red dragon) and Lapil-Rim (the blue dragon).    You can see more on Bill’s Facebook page.

Bill Stringer with Vol-Arynn and Lapil-Rim

A close-up of “Lapil-Rim”  Great job!

Bill Stringer Lapil-Rim

Here is Bill’s  “Cern-Uannos”.   Great horns!

Bill Stringer Cern-Uannos

And another green dragon!

Bill Stringer another dragon

Finally, this is Bill with “Flutterix”,  a project he made for a sick little girl.  It doesn’t get any nicer than that!

Bill Stringer with Flutterix

This is Florentyna Leow’s “Amabie” which represents a supernatural spirit in Japan.  Excellent work!  You can read about the making of this project on a newsletter, here.

Florentyna Leow- Amabie (a supernatural spirit in Japan

Check out Marc Tsakiris’ amazing version of “Tik-Tok Crok!”   Just beautiful work!

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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos to make something they love.   Makes me feel like a grandpa to these projects.  Of course other people have their own techniques.  Either way, it’s great to see other people enjoying this medium.  Here are some more photos of paper mache art people have sent to me. If you would like me to post your photos, send them to me at, dan@gourmetpapermache.com.   Enjoy!

 

 

 

Here is Paul Ferrara’s paper mache dragon trophy appropriately titled, “Yin and Yang.”  Beautiful job!   See more of Paul’s work on his website, www.paul-ferrara.com.

Paul Ferraras paper mache Yin and Yang Paul Ferrara's paper mache Yin and Yang

 

 

Here you see Jan’s dragon.  While some people have struggled to fill their “Covid time”, Jan used it to create this fantastic piece of art!  Congratulations!Jan's paper mache dragon

A closer view of the face.

Jan's dragon face

 

 

Here is Nancy Schall’s first dragon trophy.  Magnificent!   Excellent work!

Nancy Schall's paper mache dragon

Here is Nathan Kirk’s first paper mache dragon.  And a magnificent dragon it is!   This is Nathan’s version of Maleficent.   Great job!

Nathan Kirk's paper mache dragon2

Her is Denise Wilkin’s first paper mache dragon.  Love the expression!  Fantastic job!

Denise Wilkin's paper mache dragon

 

Below is Aaron’s first paper mache dragon!  Wonderful job!   Great personality!

Aaron's paper mache dragon!

And here is Aaron!

Aaron with his dragon

 

 

This is Heather Murphy’s “Amethyst Dragon”.  Beautiful!  Love the colors!

Heather Murphy Amethyst Dragon

And Heather got some well deserved publicity recently for her new pieces!  Here is is! j Congratulations!

Heather Murphy and her paper mache projects

 

Memory Bradley just finished her first dragon.   What a beauty!

Memory Bradley-Dragon Side 2

And here is Memory’s dog sculpture.  Excellent job!

Memory Bradley dog

 

Andrew Sheshunof’s just finished this paper mache masterpiece!  You can see his video about this dragon here, https://youtu.be/XsiVdWerK9M.

Andrew Kalish's paper mache dragon

From the front.

Andrew Kalish's paper mache dragon- front

And it has lights inside the mouth!  Excellent!

Andrew Kalish's paper mache dragon lights

And a close up.  Great work Andrew!

Andrew Kalish's paper mache dragon2

And below is Andrew’s newest dragon!  Fantastic once again!

Andrew Sheshunoff's paper mache dragon2

And here is Andrew with this new project.  They compliment each other!

Andrew Sheshunoff's paper mache dragon

Below is another great dragon made by Andrew.   Very nicely done as always!

andrews new dragon

 

Here is Beth Kroeker’s first paper mache dragon.   A beauty it is!

Beth Kroeker's paper mache dragon2

From a different perspective.  Wonderful!

Beth Kroeker's paper mache dragon

 

 

Below are two great projects by Jeff Fibus.  The first is a cool starfish, the second a  “Fantasy Fish”.  Wonderful!

Starfish -Jeff Fibus Jeff Fibus- Fantasy Fish

 

Cheri Rose is making some excellent dragons down under (in Australia).  Below are a few of her masterpieces!   If you’d like to see more about Cheri and her work visit her Facebook page.  Look at this metal dragon!

Dragon in the forest-Cheri Rose

Here is a beautiful red dragon.  Underneath shows it with the l.e.d.s light up!

Cheri Rose paper mache dragon

Cheri Rose dragon with lights

And here is Cheri’s Blue dragon.  Wonderful!

Cheri Rose blue dragon

And a tranquil, sleeping dragon.

Cheri Rose sleeping dragon

Finally, here is Cheri’s dragon trophy!  Great work!

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Okay so check out Daniele Pons’ dragon costume!   Amazing!   This costume won at the Venice Carnival 2020 (Italy), a well deserved honor!  Titled “SAN GIORGIO E IL DRAGO”

Daniele Pons Venice Carnival 2020 (Italy) SAN GIORGIO E IL DRAGO2 Daniele Pons Venice Carnival 2020 (Italy) SAN GIORGIO E IL DRAGO

 

Fabien SAVIGNOL’s son wanted a dragon.   So Fabien used my video to make a dragon for his son.   What a great job!   What a great dad!

Fabien SAVIGNOL's paper mache dragon

Below is Carmen Martin’s “Blue Dragon”.  Love the blue in contrast with the eyes! Magnificent!

Carmen martin's Blue dragon

 

Myles Konstantinos made his first paper mache dragon trophy.  And it is a beauty!  Wonderful colors and detail!   Here is a photo from the front and then another close up.

Myles Konstantinos paper mache trophy -front Myles Konstantinos paper mache trophy

And below are a few photos of Myles’ “Alien” series.  Excellent!

Myles Konstantinos-alien

And here is his “face hugger”!   So cool!

Myles Konstantinos- face hugger

And of course the alien pod!  Fantastic project!

Myles Konstantinos- alien pod

 

Below are some of Eb Jones’ wonderful dragons!

Eb Jones dragon Eb Jones paper mache dragon

Eb also makes fabulous baby dragons!  Samples below

Eb Jones baby dragon Eb Jones baby dragon 3

And here is a gator made by Eb.

Eb alligator paper mache

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Tom Hering is an artist living in Germany.   Below are a few of his excellent progress.   First is his “Sir Daniel Fortesque.”  Terrific!

Tom Hering Sir_Daniel_Fortesque

A closer view!

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And here is his Red Dragon….

Tom Hering Red_Dragon

And his Tom’s Green Dragon.  You can see see a short video showing the making of this dragon here.   And you can see more about Tom’s work here.

Tom Hering green_Dragon

 

Just in time for Halloween!   Look at this great “Scary Doll” made by Sam, Isaac, and Bessie Madden!  Wonderful!

-Sam, Isaac, and Bessie Madden

 

Below is David Angelo’s red dragon.   Here it is on display.  Fantastic!

David Angelo's paper mache dragon David Angelo's dragon

Crystal Heller’s decided to make paper mache dragon.  She set to work and look at what she made!   Fantastic!

crystal Heller's paper mache dragon trophy

 

These are Mandrakes inspired from the Harry Potter series.  Vivien, who lives in Germany, made these.  Wonderful!

mandrakes from Vivien from Germany

 

Here is Tristen MacArthur’s first paper mache dragon head!  Very nice!

Tristen MacArthur's paper mache dragon

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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos to make something they love.   Makes me feel like a grandpa to these projects.  Here are some more photos of paper mache art people have sent to me. If you would like me to post your photos, send them to me at, dan@gourmetpapermache.com.   Enjoy!

This is Duain Kelaart’s Animatronic Sea Dragon.  It is really fantastic.  Operates with motion in front of it.  I can’t put the on this post, but you can see it in YouTube, here.    You can see more of Duain’s excellent projects lower on the page.   And you can see a lot more information on his website, here.

 Duain Animatronic Sea Dragon

Here is Ivona Velinovskis’ first paper mache dragon.  Beautiful job!

Ivana Velinovskis' dragon

And here is Ivona with her dragon.  A great match!

Ivona Velinovski with dragon

And here is Ivona’s newest project.    Love the lights.  Love the attitude of the animal!  Beautiful!

Ivona Velinovski's paper mache dog

Check out Jeff Mongloux paper mache dragon!  Jeff is on the left.  🙂  Excellent!

jeff mongloux paper mache dragon

This is Duain Kelaart’s paper mache dragon.  Very nice job!  Check out his Youtube channel, “DK Arts.”

duain kelaart's paper mache dragon

And Duain has made another fantastic Animatronic Sea Dragon!   Excellent work!  So great in fact that it was featured in a book and website that you can see here.

Duain_Kelaart  Sea Dragon

Here is Duain’s latest project.  This is his Chupacabra – Gargoyle Hybrid.  Just fantastic!

You can see more about this project here, https://bit.ly/2VzKrmw  and here, https://bit.ly/2S8CmTW.    .

Duain Kelaart Chupacabra - Gargoyle Hybrid Sculpture- night

It also glows in the dark.

Here is Duain’s halloween project this year.  A fantastic Werewolf!  You can see a photo progression on Youtube, here, https://youtu.be/VcTL4m7VxOw

Duain's halloween project

Another great project by Duain.   A lovely mixture of 2 and 3D.  Great work as always!Duain's bear and salmon

And here is Duain’s newest 2D/3D masterpiece!  You can see a video of this build here.

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Agnes Klein-Orban is a paper mache artist living in Vienna.   Below are three of her wonderful pieces, three beautiful women!

agnes orban's paper mache lady with octopus

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Here is a great “water dragon” trophy made by Maygan Frederick.  Fantastic!

Maygan Frederick's paper mache trophy Maygan Frederick's paper mache trophy

Here are some terrific sculptures made by Nareth Fernández.  First, two great owls!

Nareth Fernández's paper mache owl2 Nareth Fernández's paper mache owl

And look at Nareth Fernández’s dragon and cool monsters head!  Excellent!

Nareth Fernández's paper mache dragon2 Nareth Fernández's paper mache dragon

Here is Mark McCauley’s first dragon.  Fantastic!

Check out Kim Wendelin’s great dragon trophy!  This on her first attempt!  Excellent!

Kim Wendelin'a paper mache dragon

Here is Tamaka Bailey’s eagle.   What a great project!

Tamaka Bailey eagle1

Here is Uwe Luckhardt with his second paper mache dragon head!  You know what they say about two heads being better than one!  Excellent job!

Uwe Luckhardt's paper mache dragon

This is “Craig’s Ice Dragon.”  This is fairly large project, about 2 meters tall!  Very cool!

Craig's Ice Dragon

Below is Kipp’s first paper mache dragon trophy.   Magnificent!

Kipps paper mache dragon trophy

This is an ugly, and beautiful, little monster named “Burp” made by Barry.   I always love a good monster!

Barry & Judith's Burp

And here is Barry’s newest project, his “Terrordactyl”.   The project is articulated and the wooden mechanism makes it fly.  Excellent!

Barry's Terrordactyl

Speaking of great monsters, my friend Don Hagemeyer has been making them for a while n ow.   Here is one who just had a monster-make-over.   Meet “Mr Green, Hello Good Bye.”  Fantastic!

Here is the first dragon made by Meredith Leopard.  Fantastic!

Below are some projects made by paper mache artist Pamela Spiro Wagner.  All great!   To see more of her work go to her blog, https://arteveryday365.com

Here is “A fanciful Dr Geuss.”

This is “Decorated Betsy”

And Pamela’s “Giant Dream Tortoise”

This a “Life-size paper mâché psychiatrist John Jumoke”.  Amazing!

Here is a fantastic display of dragon trophies made by Ross Sprovieri.   He made these as a display for his business.   A great display indeed!

Justine Pipitone used my videos to make some wonderful trophies for family and friends.  Lucky them!  Here is Justine with “DeSoto.”

ustine Pipitone with paper mache DeSoto

And this is Justine’s “Kratos.”

ustine Pipitone paper mache Kratos

Heather Forster really loves paper mache.  It shows.  Here are a few of Heathers wonderful projects!

HEATHER FORSTERs paper mache penguin

HEATHER FORSTERs paper mache lady

HEATHER FORSTERs paper mache ducklike thing

Elizabeth Mason made her first paper mache dragon, “Argoth the Terrible.”  What fun!  (That’s Elizabeth with Argoth)

Elizabeth M Mason Argoth the Terrible

Duane Berry just finished his first dragon.  Very nice!

Duane Berry Dragon

Duane also made this “halfhalf” minion for his son.  Lucky!

Duane Berry halfhalf_minion

David O’Gara’s made this fantastic dragon puppet named “Shiela.”  Just amazing.

David O'Gara's paper mache Shiela 2

Here is a close-up of Shiela.  Great face!

David O'Gara paper mache Sheila-1

Here is a dragon made by Jools Dumbrell for a theater production on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.   Very striking!

Jools Dumbrell's paper mache theatre dragon

Look at this great newborn dragon made by Ann Wright.  So cute!

Ann Wright's paper mache baby dragon

Anne MacKinnon made this wonderful dragon named “Audry III.”   Love the paint job on this!  Just excellent!

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Here is another great dragon Sandra Bäumler made using one of my books!  Love the movement of this piece!

Sandra_Bäumler's paper mache Dagon

Guido Reuter watched my dragon trophy video and made this excellent “Firedragon” for himself.  Really great job!

Guido Reuter's Firedragon

Catriona’s made this great head dress of a snapping turtle!  So cool!

Catriona's snapping turtle head dress Catriona's snapping turtle head dress2

Here is George Chave’s first paper mache dragon.    Fantastic!  Wonderful energy in this one.

George Chave's paper mache dragon

Magda lives in Poland.  After watching some of my videos she decided to make some of her own projects.  Below is her dragon trophy, and under that, her “White Dragon” costume.  Excellent job!

Magda's Brown Dragon Magda's White Dragon Costume

And here is Magda’s newest “Blue Dragon.”  excellent once again!

Magda's Blue Dragon

Here is Bert Houbrechts’ little dragon.  Lots of personality!   Excellent work!

Bert Houbrechts' paper mache dragon

And a few dragon trophies.  Below is Alexander Wachsmann’s first paper mache dragon.  Very nice job!

Alexander Wachsmann's paper mache dragon trophy

This is Marissa Plowden’s “unemployment” dragon (because she made it while between jobs.  So great!

Marissa Plowden's paper mache dragon

Christopher Re has decided to fill his workspace with dragons.  He is well on his way with these two excellent trophies!

Christopher Re's paper mache dragon

Christopher Re's paper mache dragon2

This is Milton Montaño Rojas’ dragon.  Wonderful colors! Very nice dragon!

Milton Montaño Rojas' paper mache dragon

Hannah Mae Sovinski has been making some great monsters!   Here is one  of them.

Hannah Mae Sovinski's paper mache monster

Akhilesh made his son a wonderful paper mache minion! Here it is with his son, Bhaumik.

Akhilesh Singh's paper mache

Koni Lanzius’ made this wonderful dragon, VAKAROS! Beautifully done!

Koni Lanzius' paper mache dragon

And here is the rider on the dragon.  She has her own costume!

 VAKAROS! paper mache dragon Koni Lanzius

Koni has just finished another wonderful piece, this time the Elf King from Lord of the Rings!

Connie Lantz Final work

Some close-ups….

Connie Lantz The King on his ElkConnie Lantz with saddle and landscaping

Thomas Rozek makes GREAT masks!   Some are paper mache, some are more mixed media.   But they are all very cool.  Here are a couple.   If you’d like to see more, visit Thomas here.

Check out his Scorpion mask!  Two angles.

Thomas Rozek paper mache mask scorpion-helmet2

Thomas Rozek paper mache mask scorpion-helmet

And Thomas calls this “Casual Friday Mask”. Wonderful!

Thomas Rozek paper mache mask, casual-friday

Janet Davison has made two great dragons (so far!)!    They have each won awards at a local state fair!   Great job!

janet davidson's paper mache dragon Janet Davison's second dragon

Chris Gilbert decided to give his cousin a really cool wedding gift.  And he did!  Look at the paper mache dragon he made for him!   He named it “Prometheus” after a character in Dungeons and Dragons.   Fantastic!

Chris Gilbert's paper mache dragon Prometheus

Patti Shirley has a wonderful sense of humor.  She made this paper mache “PENNYWISE” in order to sneak it into her brother’s bathroom and give him a scare.  I guess it worked!   It certainly would on me!  What a fantastic rendition!

Patti shirley's paper mache PENNYWISE

Patti has just finished this fantastic rendition of “Groot.”   Excellent!

patti shirley paper mache Groot

Shannon Gray decided to make her son, Evan a great Halloween costume.   So she made this “‘Sorceror Dragon” for him!  Fabulous!  What a lucky kid (and talented mom)!

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Jeanne Greenleaf made this incrdible “DragonChicken!”   Love the expression!

Jeanne Greenleaf Lebow DragonChicken

Jeanne has also made a number of excellent fish!  A sample below.  Great work!

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Jeanne Greenleaf Lebow DragonFish 2a

Check out this fantastic dragon trophy made by Marko Salomäki!  Love the textures and colors.  Excellent job!

Marko Salomäki paper mache Dragon

If you like Tolkien, you’ll enjoy this dragon!  This is Maygan’s version of Smaug over the Lonely Mountain.   Fantastic!

Mayan's paper mache Smaug

A closer look is warranted, especially the fire that she added!

Mayan's paper mache Smaug2

Nipsolass Clark has been making some great masks the last couple of years.   Here is his fabulous gremlin mask!   Wonderful!

Nipsolass Clark - gremlin mask

And here is Nipsolass’ Triceratops mask!   Incredible!

Nipsolass Clark - triceratops mask

And Nipsolass finished a couple more fantastic masks before Halloween.  Check out this dinosaur/dragon mask!

Nipsolass Clark paper mache mask

And this very strange character!

Nipsolass Clark paper mache mask2

Look at this adorable photo of Alex holding her first paper mache dragon sculpture!   (She had some help making the dragon from mom, Jessica)  Wonderful!

Alex holding our first paper mache dragon sculpture.

Bill Wehmeier made a great paper mache dragon for his Halloween display this year.  It is about 5 feet tall!  Fantastic!

Bill Wehmeier's paper mache dragon

Below are some excellent dragons made by Gord Merritt.  First are a couple of wonderful babies!

Gord Merritt's paper mache baby dragon  Gord Merritt's paper mache baby dragon2

And here are a few of Gord’s trophies.  Fantastic!

Gord Merritt's paper mache dragon4 Gord Merritt's paper mache dragon3

Gord Merritt's paper mache dragon

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This is just a page with photos of a few dragons.  Most are old photos, from back in the day when cameras used film and you had to get them processed at “One Hour Photo” (which always took a full day), resurrected from boxes.

I thought I’d start with my first paper mache dragon, made in 1980-ish.   His name was Punk.  He was supposed to be a young dragon, almost fresh from the egg.

Paper Mache "punk" dragon

Punks stands about 5 feet tall.   I still have him in my studio, although he has fallen into severe disrepair.  In fact, I just took his eyes to use for my latest iteration of Drogon (the young adult version).   It’s a bit sacrilegious to do such a thing.  But, it’s also kind of the circle of life when it comes to paper mache art.

Now the second paper mache dragon I made was his mother.  It was also the first drogon trophy I made.  I wanted it to look like his mother, big and protective.  She also had to have features that would lead you to believe that punk would some day grow up and like her.   Now the photo of punk is terrible by today’s standards.   He actually had elements of orange and red on him.  And she had elements of green on her that matched her son’s colors.

Paper mache Igbay Agondray

I am severely disappointed that I never got a photo of them displayed together, as they were intended.   He stood underneath her in my grungy, little, monster-making apartment by the zoo.  She hovered over him protectively.  They were a perfect pair of dragons.

Some other older dragons include the one that hangs over my bathtub.

paper mache bathroom dragon

A little closer look.

paper mache dragon close up

And then there is this red dragon.   It was very large and very heavy.   I donated this to a school that is housed in a public building at the base of the Space Needle (in Seattle, where I live).   They are the “Center School Dragons”.  It is permanently displayed outside the front door of the school.   Sorry, this is a terrible photo.

paper mache red dragon

And another older project, a paper mache “Sea Dragon”.   It is obviously based upon those little sea dragons that live in the sea.

paper mache red dragon

As opposed to another paper mache Sea Dragon that I made within the last couple of years.   It is still my current, favorite dragon.

Paper Mache Seadragon- Dan Reeder

I really like the baby in the nest.

Paper Mache Seadragon baby

Speaking of babies…here is a dragon I made as a commission .   It was supposed to be a “toddler”.

paper mache toddler dragon

Here is another older project that I made for my daughter, Allison.   It is titled “Family Jewels”

paper mache familiy jewels

I forgot.  Here is another very old paper mache dragon.   I show it because it has a very different shape than most of my dragons.  I wanted it to look more like a dinosaur, a raptor.  Hence the short neck and stubby head.

paper mache blue dragon

I do want to mention another little dragon I made in conjunction with a baby lion.   I call this project “Parallel Paper Mache”.   I tried to maintain parallelism in every aspect of the two pieces, the same basic shape, the same look on their faces, the same attitude.  It was quite a challenge.  I think it turned out very well.

Parallel paper mache

 

I’ll end with a notable project.   This are not terribly old, but interesting.   Here is a piece I call “Double Trouble.”

The challenge here was to entwine two dragons.

Paper Mache Double Trouble

 

 

I made a dragon for my friend Pascal and his family.    Here he is.    If you are interested in how he was made, you can see this on my blog, here.

One of the interesting things about this dragon is that when he is hung like this, he looks to be surveying the ground, perhaps looking for little children to eat.

Pascal's paper mache dragon- hoveringWhen his vertical, he looks ready to fight.

Pascal's paper mache dragon- verticalFrom the back

Pascal'w paper mache dragon

 And a close up.  I think the color of the eyes make them really pop.

Pascal's paper mache dragon-face close up

I have been asked for years to make paper mache sculptures that could stay outside.   In fact, weatherproofing paper mache is kind of a holy grail of paper mache artists.    Many have tried.  Many have failed.  I’ve made feeble attempts in the past.  By that I mean I’ve just put a few things outside for a while to see how long they would last.   They didn’t last long.    The thing is, newspaper absorbs moisture.   That’s why we use it after all.  But this time I’ve made something that just might be the answer.  This paper mache dragon is my most recent experiment.  I have put it in the apple tree in my front yard.  I’ve watched it for more than four years now.   It has withstood Seattle weather without any deterioration.   I’m surprised.

outside paper mache dragon

Watching over the neighborhood

outside paper mache dragon-close up

outside paper mache dragon

Looking for children to eat

outside paper mache dragon-looking at you

outside paper mache dragon- look left

The thing is, he has become a landmark on Queen Anne Hill where I live.   Every kid knows my dragon.  He has to last now.  I’m not ready to declare success.  But I’m very optimistic.   I’m willing to say that the process I used describe will last at least 5 years.

So what did I do?  I used “exterior” grade wood glue instead of flour and water paste for the initial paper mache stage.  Then I used the same glue for the “cloth mache” skin.  Then I painted the project with exterior grade paints.  Some people have tried sealants.  I have too.  I don’t like them.  They change the paint.  The clear layer takes away any subtlety in the color.  Who wants something that lasts forever if it looks bad?

 

I love the Game of Thrones.  I decided to make a few paper mache Drogons, parallel to their appearance on the TV series.

Here is the first. In George RR Martin’s books, Drogon is the most fierce of the three dragons.  He is black with red markings.

Paper mache baby drogon

Baby Drogon

 

Viserion was born next.  In the books he was supposed to be a creamy white color with gold markings.  Here he is just breaking out of his egg.

Paper mache baby dragon- green

Viserionbronze

That leaves the third dragon, Rhaegal.  He was born last, as you can see.  He is a green dragon with bronze markings.

Paper Mache dragon egg

Rhaegal

Now I know that in the books, and in the TV series, the three little dragons were born in the fire of the funeral pyre of Daenary’s husband, Dothraki Khal Drogo (I’ll be he was teased as a kid!).   Dani (as I like to call her) went into the fire with her three eggs.  In the book, when the smoke cleared, Rhaegal and Viserion were feeding on Dani’s breasts, and Drogon was on her shoulder.  Perhaps you can see why I took the artistic liberties I did in these renditions.        Once again, I have blog entries of these being made if you are interested.  You can find it here.

And, I have a time-lapse video as well.   Just click on the Rhaegal’s egg above.

Now Drogon did get older.   Here he is as a juvenile.

paper mache juvenile Drogon

And as a young adult (I had to make a trophy since the full dragon would have been way too big!).  I have time-lapse videos of juvenile and young adult Drogons.    Just go to my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/GourmetPaperMache to watch them.  And subscribe if you haven’t.

paper mache Drogon- young adult