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Papier-Mache Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities Paperback – Illustrated, Aug. 7 2009
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Step-by-step instructions for creating papier-mâché monstrosities
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)
From the Back Cover
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 www.PaperMacheMonsters.com.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #431,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This would make a great gift for anybody who likes art, humour, especially sculptures.
If you are not already a fan of Dan, this book will teach you how to build sturdy, durable cloth covered paper-mache sculptures and statues, from small to life sized.
This is a great manual for art class projects as well.
make you want to!
It has really good pictures and easy to follow instructions.
It is also written in a unique, funny style which is very entertaining.
If you have questions you can go to the website (Gourmet Paper Mache) and your questions are very promptly answered.
I love this book!!