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Papier-Mache Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities Paperback – Illustrated, Aug. 7 2009

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For lovers of the truly grotesque, Reeder (Make Something Ugly for a Change) provides detailed photo instructions for large figures constructed of clothes hangers, newspaper, and glue. Cloth skin, teeth, and slathered-on paint finish them off. The toothy dragons are particularly effective.

--Roy Futterman, Advertising Director "School Library Journal/ Library Journal" (10/19/2009 12:00:00 AM)

I first met Dan Reeder over twenty-five years ago, while strolling through an art fair in our shared hometown. I was, I remember, bored out of my mind and heading back to my car, when I suddenly caught a glimpse of something out ahead of me, hanging high in an artist's booth. My adrenalin started flowing. Boredom had morphed into pure desire. I could have knocked someone down as I made my way toward the object of my instant affection, and when I finally stood almost directly under it, I found myself gazing up at a large ochre-colored, multi-fanged, drool-festooned, wall-eyed dragon. Be still my heart. And as I looked around the booth, I saw other humorous-but-also-edgy-looking beasts. I had entered the world of Dan Reeder, and I suppose, looking back on it now, it was inevitable that we would quickly become good friends. (I think Dan and I make each other feel normal.)

Fast-forwarding to the present time, I initially thought Dan was a little crazy for writing a how-to book that reveals all his secrets on how to make such unique creatures from such un-unique materials. (Personally, I would never show anyone how to draw a cow--the udders alone took me years to master.) But he assured me he really wanted to do this. I guess it's the teacher in him. And, in truth, I'm not one to argue that the world doesn't need more monsters, be they made of papier and/or cloth maché, as demonstrated in Dan's entertaining new book, or flesh and blood, as demonstrated by the one standing behind you right now.

(P.S. Yes, I bought the dragon.)

--Gary Larson, Farside Creator "Farside" (10/23/2009 12:00:00 AM)

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Celebrated monster-making master Dan Reeder is at it again in Papier-Mâché Monsters, helping you create cool monsters from just a few simple materials and goof-proof steps for guaranteed success. Plus, there's more-you'll have access to all of Reeder's secrets for creating must-have monster elements, such as jaws, claws, horns, scales, webbing, tentacles, eyeballs, fingers, toes, gnarly hands and feet, and even perfect DROOL! Learn how to make a basic monster and you'll be well on your way to creating more hideous creatures, beasts, dragons, and whatever else your dark side can think of!

Dan Reeder has been building papier- and cloth-mâché monsters for more than three decades. His artwork has been displayed in art fairs and galleries all over the Pacific Northwest, where he has earned the appropriate title "Dan the Monster Man." He is also author of The Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mâché, and Make Something Ugly for a Change: The Definitive Guide to Papier and Cloth Mâché. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him at

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gibbs Smith; Illustrated edition (Aug. 7 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1423605551
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1423605553
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 386 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.86 x 0.94 x 20.32 cm
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Hello. My name is Dan Reeder. I am a paper m&acirc;ch&eacute; artist living in Seattle, Washington. I have been doing my own non-traditional version of paper m&acirc;ch&eacute; for four decades. I've published several books on the subject. The two that are most current are, &quot;Papier M&acirc;ch&eacute; Monsters: Turning Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities&quot;, and &quot;Paper Mache Dragons. The monster book is the most comprehensive. The dragon book more specialized for those who are mostly interested in making dragons. They both offer step-by-step instructions on how to make some great art. I have made many time-lapse videos of my projects which augment the books wonderfully. You can find them on Youtube. Just search my name or &quot;Gourmet Paper Mache&quot; (the name of my channel).

My goal for many years has been to change the face of paper m&acirc;ch&eacute; from one of balloons and piggy banks to a medium with unlimited possibilities. Please check out my website,, and my blog, for more information.

While paper m&acirc;ch&eacute; is my claim to fame, I'm most proud of my children's book, &quot;William's Treasure.&quot; This is a story about a little dragon who lives a simple, carefree life. That is, until he encounters a mega-store during one of his wanderings. He life changes as he accumulates (hoards) all manner of &quot;stuff.&quot;

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