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Papier-Mache Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities [Paperback]

Dan Reeder
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Aug. 7 2009
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Step-by-step instructions for creating papier-mâché monstrosities

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mperor
This book is written in such a fun and playful manner that you will never get bored of going over it times and times again, which in a sense, helps you understand the instructions even better. The humor will definitely keep your attention. Far from being an experienced papier mache artist myself, I followed Dan Reeder's instructions to the letter and was actually quite amazed at the end results. This book provides you with the basic techniques in a very clear and concise manner, but the emphasis is always on experimentation and freedom: do not try to copy what's in the book - just follow the instructions and watch your own art take its own personality and direction. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Reeder Papier-Mache Monsters: Dec 21 2011
I love Dan Reeder's books. Witty, humorous,entertaining, and filled with pictures. This book: Papier-Mache Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash Into Magnificent Monstrosities, includes all the basics. If you wanted "The Simple Screamer" and were hoping for a reprint, you will find this book every bit as well written and user friendly. Even the cats are back to assist.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read for an informative book July 23 2011
By arthmt
First off, let me say that I have yet to make a papier mache creation since purchasing this book. That being said, I love how informative it is. The photos and various projects to show the different techniques are so wonderful as is the artists' commentary. The added whit and humour only make the book easier to read and as a cat lover, I enjoyed the various appearances made by the house cats. I can't wait to make my first creation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book Dec 6 2010
By Lori
Anyone interested in Papier mache should get this book. Even if you have never done papier mache before, just looking at this book will
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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Aug. 12 2009
By ArtFaerie - Published on
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I love this book. I have been a big fan of The Simple Screamer & Make Something Ugly For a Change and this book is even better. What I love about this and all Dan Reeder's books is that they teach you simple methods for making large sculptures that are almost fool proof. Even if you are not interested in making monsters you can use his methods to help you figure out how to create almost anything you desire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly Good Fun Oct. 16 2009
By Stephen C. Lott - Published on
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What a wonderful book. Even if you have no intention of creating in paper-mache, I would recommend this book for it's wit and charm. Dan is clearly a man who has no interest in growing up and who delights in sharing his messy fun with others. His philosphy that making monsters is a great way to start for kids, because no one can say "you did it wrong", also reflects his undertanding of children and his great heart.

From a practical standpoint, this book also is full of information and techniques outside the normal field of knowledge about paper-mache, in other words he shares a lot of really cool tricks to making wonderful monsters.

So you will have fun from the moment you open the book until you put the finishing touches our your creation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer how-to manual for paper mache Nov. 10 2010
By Dave Hunter - Published on
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This book is absolutely HILARIOUS!!! Between all the snorts, gasps and tears of laughter the reader will learn how to create fabulous monstrosities with deceptive ease. Very well-written with a comfortable flow, and peppered with numerous photos to whet the appetite of any would-be mad scientist/artiste. The only trouble I've had so far is holding onto my copy long to actually USE it because so many of my artsy friends are scrabbling over who gets to borrow it next...........
A major THUMBS UP for this one! :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 16 2010
By Deborah Amos - Published on
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This was a great book. There are lots of pictures to follow the tutorials and the author has contact info if you get stuck. I made the monster and the dragon head project so far. I have never papier-mached before and I think both my projects turned out pretty good! Be warned, the projects were time consuming and I had my dining room a mess for about a week on each project. VERY MESSY! When I first started the papier-mache part, I thought - ick! When I began to do the glue part - triple ick! The glue wants to dry on your hands like in kindergarten but you still have tons of dipping to do. You have to stop every so often to get the layers of dried glue off and start again. My only negative is there was a few of his things pictured that I would have liked to tried but were not in the tutorials, maybe next book. Great book for teens or kids with some patience! By the time I finished my first project, my little ones did not want to put that kind of time into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic, monsters Aug. 24 2012
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I bought this book last year when I decided to try making my own Halloween props, despite a certain lack of artistic talent. (There is a good reason why I make Halloween stuff and not Christmas) Working off the instructions, my first effort was a four-foot-long man-eating slug. Both trick-or-treaters and the adults accompanying them were delighted with Slugly, declaring him to be . . . cute. Not quite what you want to hear about a Halloween prop. :-)

Anyhow, the paper mache technique has worked well for a dragon fly (not quite what you are thinking), and a Venus fly trap that is currently in production. I would have liked some information on making the paper mache creations more weather resistant, but was able to find out on a Halloween forum (spar varnish and exterior enamel, in case you are wondering).
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