Beginning the Dragon

paper mache dragon

I told you last week that I intended to have an extended tutorial series about making a paper mache dragon. I haven’t got very far … Read more

Sculpt a Dragon with Paper Mache Clay, Part 2

African Animals Pattern Set.
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In this video I let you watch over my shoulder as I add paper mache clay to the dragon armature I made for a previous episode.

The dragon came out a little bumpier than usual, just because I was trying to hurry. The process of applying the paper mache clay is usually a nice slow, almost meditative process. However, when you know a few hundred people are watching, you tend to hurry things up — and now I’ll need to go back and do some sanding and carving to clean her up.

I’ll post an image of the dragon when she’s done.

Sculpt a Dragon – Part 1, the Armature

paper mache dragon pattern

African Animals Pattern Set.
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when you buy this three-pattern set. Use the patterns to create memorable gifts, or to bring a little bit of Africa to your own home

The very first post on this blog, back in November of 2008, was a tutorial I wrote to show how to sculpt a dragon with traditional paper mache strips and paste. I thought it would be fun to make another one, using some of the techniques and materials that I’ve developed in the last 13 months. This video shows how the armature is made, using the pattern you can find down below the video.

You’re welcome to use the big-footed dragon pattern that I used to make the armature in the video, but you might have more fun making your own. To use this pattern, draw a grid on a piece of cardboard or foam board, and then draw the pattern onto the grid, one square at a time. The size of the squares on your grid will determine the size of your finished dragon.

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