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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (Aug. 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423605551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423605553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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 mache, 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)

From the Back Cover

Celebrated monster-making master Dan Reeder is at it again in Papier-Mache 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-mache 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 Mache, and Make Something Ugly for a Change: The Definitive Guide to Papier and Cloth Mache. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him at

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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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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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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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