Instructional video series- Introduction


Well, this took much longer to finish than I thought it would.   Turns out is six minutes of introduction.     I promise to have the first actual instructional video finished quickly.  I promise.  Stay tuned.   
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  • 9/6/2009 1:35 AM Jonty wrote:
    Awesome funny stuff Dan.I think you have the right face & sense of humour as well as the greatest skills to make this better than your books & what i have seen of your latest book thats a major thing to achieve lol... Can't wait for the rest of these video's lol.





    When things fall to pieces - Make those pieces into something
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  • 9/6/2009 8:36 AM marasubo wrote:
    dan,

    i can't find the blog stream on your site. how do i go directly to my latest comment to you?

    i searched marasubo but got nothing.

    lost,

    mara
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    1. 9/6/2009 8:43 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi Mara,
      Something strange happened yesterday.  I got a notice that you commented.   But then when I tried to reply I ended up on my home page.   There was definitely a glitch.    This seems to be working now.   I'm sorry about that.   I'm still getting used to this blog site. 
      Thanks for persisting.  
      Dan

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  • 9/6/2009 8:48 AM marasubo wrote:
    so i'm making progress on my hippo pancake. i really got into the bedsheet part and got carried away with a wrinkly texture. i'm afraid it's going to look more like an elephant.

    i'm heading to the studio now to check out the dried results. any ideas as to how i can cover over the wrinkles if i decide i want smooth skin instead?

    just keep gluing more bedsheets over top? or will the wrinkly texture ghost thru?

    i thought of smoothing the whole thing out w/ plaster and then bedsheeting over that but the wieght added won't be a good thing.

    mara
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    1. 9/6/2009 8:59 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi again,
      Sounds like you are moving along.   The only way I know to smooth something over with cloth and glue is to cut off some of the bubbles with a knife and put some more cloth on.   But again, I've never been into smooth.   You should definitely check out Jonty's blog.  He has this stuff called Dragon Skin that would do the trick I think.   Here is a link to his blog.  

      Good luck.
      Dan

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      1. 9/7/2009 1:39 AM Jonty wrote:
        Hi Guys (Dan, marasubo).

        Unfortunately to fix the problem with dragon skin you'd need a LOT. Dragon skin is a great light weight smooth or cracked soloution that makes everthing as strong as around 10/15 layers of news print per every 1mm layer of dragon skin. ALL my projects rarely go above 8 layers of news print at anytime & i mean everything you see me making on my YouTube video's. The dragon skin makes up for the missing layers.

        As i say you can have it smooth or cracked. Sadly it won't cover large lumps, bumps or wrinkles without using mass layers. I think your only real soloution is to as Dan suggested cut away the heavy lumps & blisters then using an electrical sander, small Dremel etc, work down the heavy area's. Then re-do the whole thing. The only 'other' option is to start over again with a lesson learnd. A harsh way of thinking but sometimes this happens.

        You could always turn the first project into something else rather than waste any hard work?

        Sorry i hate not being able to help. If you could send me some pictures of the project i might be able to spot a soloution for you, unfortunately not seeing the problem doesn't help.

        You could try mixing PVA based glue with some plaster filler. The type that fills in cracks & drill holes on walls. Smooth that over the wrinkles only to fill between then give it a few days to dry fully before attempting to do anything. As i say not seeing the problem i can only guess.

        Send pictures to me at: [email protected]

        ALL work IS kept a secret if the project owners require this i promise.
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        1. 9/7/2009 6:34 AM marasubo wrote:
          i didn't explain myself properly.

          what i meant was full-on michaelangelo-inspired la peita-worthy FOLDS where there's supposed to be (relatively) smooth skin.

          i went into the studio yesterday and just clothed over it. and it looks fine!

          problem solved!

          now my main issue is attaching all the limbs to the body. it's difficult because it's like attaching a pancake to another pancake. there's nothing really projecting to help attach one to the other with.

          i decided to bolt them all together which means i'll be drilling holes thru the fabric, newspaper, and cardboard. don't know how that's going to work but i'll let you know!

          thanks for your sharing, encouragement, attention and support thus far. i really appreciate not being alone on my virgin voyage!

          bye for now.

          mara
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          1. 9/7/2009 7:13 AM Jonty wrote:
            Don't hesitate to drill a hole or two in both the body & limbs you can easily repair the ones that go wrong later lol. Then simply glue in a pecil or wooden dowel into one or the other. It makes no real difference which you insert the dowel or pencil into. This is how i attach most of my limbs but especially long unsupported arms. Check out my newest screamer HOW TO on YouTube to see this being done you can find me under 'darkjonty2' or go to my blog site & see ALL my HOW TO instructional videos listed there.

            Mercifully i am well past the virgin begining stage with paper mache, but saying that we all never stop learning new tricks lol.
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            1. 9/7/2009 8:26 AM marasubo wrote:
              great idea. but how do you fix it so it doesn't slip out over time? glue gun?
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              1. 9/7/2009 8:54 AM Jonty wrote:
                With a glue gun yes. Take a look at my video here:watch?v=-IF2SXUO3Zw. Skip to 4:05 in to see the sequence where i attach an arm.
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          2. 9/7/2009 10:43 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
            Hey Mara,
            Sounds like you actually have thing perfectly under control.   You seem to be very resourceful.  I have no doubt that you'll figure everything out.   When I want to attach things like you mentioned, sometimes I use pieces of wire clothes hanger.  I cut one end to a sharp point (use wire cutters and cut at the most extreme angle you are able).  Then punch through and bend where it comes out.  Then put a little patch of cloth and glue over the end.  If you look closely at my marionette video, you'll see me doing this.

            Good luck.  Nothing like a virgin voyage to keep you busy!
            Dan

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            1. 9/8/2009 4:49 AM marasubo wrote:
              yep. the hippo's comin' along. the drying times kind of caught me by surprise. lengthened what i originally thought would be my time commitment to this unpaid project. but the learning!

              what i discovered was any kind of bedding w/ poly in the fibre didn't really want to dry or bend or generally behave.

              i'm a 100% cotton girl now which makes it difficult cause 3 separate thrift stores only yeilded one crib-sized flat sheet. Three bucks plus gas and it only cost $30.

              leave it to me to turn this into an ingredient hunt. i have the same problem when i'm cooking - driving all over town chasing some obscure or rare herb.

              thanks dan for encouraging me to paint over in black. wow - did it ever come to life! can't wait to get in there today and overpaint in orange.

              and thanks jonty for the pencil or dowel tip. loved the demo in your youtube video.

              willow - all i can say is your stuff is amazing.

              i was in the studio yesterday and the pieces were all over the place, drying in the sun. people were looking in as they passed, and i detected a smile or two.

              one mom said to her (11 yr old?) son: do you want to take an art class? to which he responded: NO!

              then she began: "even if tom takes one too?" but his sister cut her off with: "he said NO!".

              probably the next picasso.

              anyway, my question is: what age would be appropriate to start this as a kid's art project? I know dan you have a six yr old's work in your gallery of work by others. i'd like to propose a course to the art school in this cloth technique. little boys do like to make monsters. would 7, 8 or 9 be too young?

              the school owner will ask me what age. maybe i should play it safe as say 10 - 12?

              look forward to your thoughts.

              mara

              now i have a question for you both:
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              1. 9/8/2009 6:56 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
                Hi Mara,
                I'm so glad that everything is coming together.  Yes, there is a learning curve.   But you've learned.   Yes, cotton is king.    When I'm in an out of the way city or town and I see a 'thrift" store, I always pop in to grab any old sheets.   In places like Seattle, where I used to get sheets that were gold to me, tattered and worn, they no longer keep them, even when I tell them to set them aside for me to buy at their full price. Strange.  

                About age.   The youngest group I made full screamers with was fourth grade, so 9 or 10.    But sixth grade and up is optimal.   Basically, the younger the kid, the more you have to help.   But there are tricks.   For example, you have them work in groups (at least pairs, a buddy).  Set a rule that the buddy or group cannot move to the next stage (whatever that is) until the rest of the group is together.   That slows the kids down who want to blast through things without doing the best work.  It puts pressure on kids who would dilly dally for hours to speed up.  The rule is, if you are done, you offer assistance to someone in the group who isn't.    Also, you take time to prep.   Putting paper down on the floor and desks.   You "walk like a doctor" to the sink, hands pointed up so that the paste runs down your arm and not onto the floor.   Things like that.   Needed to keep peace with the custodians.     Now some kids will complain when they have to put their hands in the paste on more time.   Kids these days are not used to art projects that take actual time and tenacity.    They need some pushing through that.   But the lesson learned is, any great art (like anything else) is worth the effort.   They also learn teamwork, and patience.    As soon as one kid finishes though, then their is energy in the room to finish because the product is so cool.  

                Good luck on the rest of your project..  
                Dan

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  • 9/6/2009 9:28 AM Lucie wrote:
    Hi,

    I just want to put for the second time, (the first one not appear anymore) my happiness to see your video. It's funny and I found the same thing in your books.(now I have all your books (found it on amazon for the simple screamer).

    I almost finish my first dragon, I will send you the photo in few days now, maybe on wednesday.

    Thansk for all.
    Lucie
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    1. 9/6/2009 2:34 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Thank you so much Lucie.  I don' t know what happened yesterday.    Several comments were not displayed.  Either a glitch in the system or I did something wrong.    I hope you are enjoying your dragon making.   I'd love to see a photo (for my website) when you are done.
      Take care.
      Dan

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  • 9/6/2009 1:40 PM carlos moran wrote:
    hola amigo dan vi su video bueno aunque no entiendo su idioma ingles pero entiendo de que se trata esta muy interesante felicitaciones por su blog esto va a evolucionar mucho en el futuro
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    1. 9/6/2009 2:37 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Usted es siempre muy amable Carlos. Gracias. Espero que los vídeos estarán claros, incluso sin la narrativa.
      Talk to you later.
      Dan
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  • 9/6/2009 1:44 PM carlos moran wrote:
    el martes le enviare unas imajenes de mi nueva escultura de papel mache,tengo en proyecto otra escultura de papel sera una sorpresa un gran dragon
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    1. 9/6/2009 2:38 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Estoy deseando ver a su dragón Carlos. Nos vemos.
      Dan
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  • 9/6/2009 11:51 PM Rachel wrote:
    Hi Dan, I've only just found your most recent book today (I guess technically yesterday) while hunting for information on mask making @ my local Borders. Think your stuff is fantastic and just ordered the Dragon Book; my children and I are huge fantasy buffs and do LARP groups.
    So, thank you! For you have given me more ideas for the mask I have to make for my Art History class and then some!
    Oh the ideas... you are officially bookmarked.
    Ecstatically,
    Rachel
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    1. 9/7/2009 10:39 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Nice to meet you Rachel,
      Thank you for your kind words.   Yes, I just got your order.  I'll ship tomorrow.  Good luck on your project.  Let me know if I can help.
      Dan

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  • 9/7/2009 4:10 PM Willow wrote:
    Hi Dan,
    Congratulations on your getting the first step of your video project done. It looks great. You're a funny guy. It's strange, but you could never tell you have a sense of humor by looking at your work. I put up my latest piece a couple days ago. Take a look if you get a chance: originalwillow.deviantart.com/
    ~~Willow
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    1. 9/7/2009 6:50 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hey Willow,
      Thanks for you nice remarks on my intro.   My god, what a lot of nothing.  I'm working on my first actual instructional  video right now though.  It will have some information, although it will also probably feel pretty low level.  I saw your very funny bears a couple days ago.  So damn funny!    I will check out your new work.  You are amazingly prolific.
      See you.
      Dan

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    2. 9/7/2009 6:52 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Yes, it was the bears.   I love the juxtaposition!  Incredible.  I left a comment, but it was  a few days ago.  
      See you.
      Dan

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  • 9/7/2009 8:46 PM Willow wrote:
    You know, the funniest thing happened: I checked DA right before I came here. I swear there was no sign of you. Then I post here, head back to DA and you visited two days ago. You whip up a papier mache time machine?
    I thought your video was very good. I know these things are a ton more work than they appear. Takes much longer to make than it does to watch. I don't think it's a lot of nothing. I think you are making the point of not taking yourself too seriously. Which is actually the most important point.
    I really love the guy in the background watching you. I don't know if it was purposeful, but more and more of him shows up as the video goes on. I also dig the coffee recipe. Although I think you should have used a bigger spoon.
    By the way, I'm a veg too. What the heck are you doing thinking about bacon while you're making a video if you're a veg?
    Really, Dan, well done. Good on you!
    ~~Willow
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  • 9/8/2009 9:22 PM Denise Thornton wrote:
    Hi- Just got you new book. While really helpful- I truly enjoyed your humor and thoughtful entries! Thanks for sharing- You are the (as my kids say) bomb!
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    1. 9/8/2009 9:43 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Thank you for the nice note Denise.   I really appreciate it.   And who wouldn't want to be a bomb?
      Dan
      I should have more instructional videos done soon to complement the book.   I'm kinda slow.   Almost done with lesson 1. 
      See you

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  • 9/9/2009 1:47 AM Jonty wrote:
    Hi Dan just to let you know i should have some pictures of my new screamer for your website today or tomorrow. I was supposed to be editing three HOW TO video's yesterday but thanks to my two youngest chiildren AGAIN my PC is being a pain. I am going to have to format & start over again. Anyway doing the new HOW TO video's today as well as working on more paper mache stuff too lol. Catch you soon.
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  • 9/10/2009 2:43 AM Jonty wrote:
    Hi Dan you should have some pics in your email in box of my new screamer for your website lol. Enjoy.
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  • 9/10/2009 2:45 AM Jonty wrote:
    P.S. Oh & i will be getting back to my 3 unfinished new troll screamers soon too.
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  • 9/10/2009 2:48 AM Jonty wrote:
    The eye i made for my HOW TO #6 video will be getting added to a little monster creation too soon. I might even turn it into a little marionette, not sure yet. I will send that your way as soon as i get it finished lol.
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    1. 9/10/2009 6:26 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi Jonty,
      Well, that is certainly one of the most extreme Screamers I've ever seen!   Fantastic!   I'll put them on my site today.  Thank you for sharing.    Great drool too!    Did you use the stuff I use?  The fiberglass casting resin?  Or something else?   And the eyes in place look amazing.
      Dan

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  • 9/10/2009 7:16 AM Jonty wrote:
    Cool thanks Dan. No the drool is just hot glue lol. Getting hot glue to stretch perfectly every time or anytime like that is extremely difficult, but you know me if theres a way around something i will figure it out &i did lol. Here's how on both the drool & the eye's:

    MAKING REALISTIC DROOL:
    watch?v=4yEwqA_ikEg


    MAKE A BLOOD SHOT EYE:
    watch?v=Gz5CpahLFdI

    Enjoy.
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  • 9/11/2009 9:42 AM Jonty wrote:
    Hi Dan i see you have chosen a couple of the pictures i sent you of my new screamer MOTS to add to your site. Nice choices lol. I wasn't sure which to senfd you so i sent a selection for you to chose from yourse. Sorry if that made it harder for you to choose. Though saying that does anyone want to see a tight little green screamer butt lol. Thanks Dan cool my friend. Check out my blog for news of 4 more screamers (Sluggich's troll cousins) on the way lol.

    Yup i've been busy adding to my blog today having a PM'ing day off for a couple of days. I need to sort some storage room out for my creations getting a bit cramped here lol. Anyway catch you soon my friend.
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  • 9/12/2009 2:35 AM Jonty wrote:
    Hi Dan thats much better the timming i mean between speaking & the actual footage. Awesome stuff keep it coming lol.
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  • 9/21/2009 7:52 PM Lisa Booch wrote:
    Dear Dan,
    Shelly Egle & I work at the Public Library in Kodiak Alaska. (907)486-8686. We purchased one of your books and thought making monsters would be a fun October project for 13 on up at the public library for the month of October. We're considering prizes for exceptional monsters. We've talked to the art teachers in the schools and they seem excited. We thought we could purchase more of your books to pass out to the school art teachers and would also like to make a poster describing the library event for others who might not be in school and want to join in the fun. Would you grant permission to use one or two of your monsters pictures from the book "Papier-Mache Monsters" to decorate the poster advertising the library craft event?

    Sincerely,
    Lisa Booch
    A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library
    (Kodiak Public Library 907-486-8686)
    [email protected]
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    1. 9/21/2009 8:07 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hello Lisa (and Shelly),
      Of course you can use any photo you want.   In fact, I could email you a jpeg photo(s) to do with as you please.    I'm very flattered by interest in my work and techniques.   Thank you.

      Just let me know which photos you like.   And let me know if there is any other way I can be of assistance.
      Dan
      PS.   You can email me directly at [email protected] or [email protected]


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  • 9/26/2009 8:54 PM Katherine wrote:
    Hi Dan, I just bought your new book and I am making my first monster following the instructions but I have come to the point of cutting a hole in the body- do I remove the contents of the body ball like i did the jaws? This monster (and I)is Australian so I am already thinking Bunyip from Billabong. thanks Katherine
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    1. 9/27/2009 8:00 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hey Catherine,
      Nice to talk to you.   Sometimes I remove the wad on the inside of the body.    Sometimes I don't.    It's okay either way.  It will make it lighter to remove the wad.     But it's not easy unless the hole you cut is big enough to pull it out.   Usually mine is.   Sorry for the equivocation.   Bottom line is, it's okay to do it or okay not.   I think that maybe the first time you shouldn't  just because it's more hassle.
      Dan

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  • 10/1/2009 6:17 PM Elizabeth wrote:
    Holy crow, do you have the funniest humor that i have ever heard! You made me laugh so much, i couldn't help bursting from the seams at what i heard in your tutorials. I am eagerly awaiting Lesson 2, not just for its humor, but also the knowledge that it imparts on those who watch, are completely dumbfounded, and leave absolutely happy and high (no, not drug high, more like hormones high, those silly ones that make things so freaking funny). See you around, Dan.
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    1. 10/1/2009 6:22 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Well what a nice note Elizabeth!  Thank you!   That may be just what I need to finish my second lesson.  I've been working on it for a couple weeks now, and feel like it's just taking waaay tooo long.    But I am determined to finish this weekend.   Thanks for the encouragement.  And the kind words.
      Dan

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  • 10/3/2009 12:55 PM Linda wrote:
    I am really enjoying your videos, in fact, your whole web site. Anyway, I started making screamers years ago (for 10 years with my fifth grade students)but quit because with timethey became brittle and start to fall apart. Also, the paint would sometimes not want to stay on the glue surface. What do you put on the exterior to keep them looking so nice. I love making these and want to start making them again. I haven't seen you r new book to see if there is information to deal with this or not. I will definately get the new book, but any suggestions until them?
    I,m just beginning my new project. Thanks. I am a a Screamer addisct.
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    1. 10/3/2009 4:59 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi Linda!
      Thanks for your kind words.  Nice to meet another Screamer addict.   I'm not really sure what the cracking is you are talking about.  I've never really had that problem.  Perhaps it's the paint?  I use latex paints (basically water based hobby paint I buy at Home Depot) on top of the cloth and glue skin.   I've have several projects for decades and they are just like new.   Remember, one of the nice things about this method is that you can refurbish older projects.   Add some cloth dipped in glue over broken parts, then repaint.   You can take a project that you think you'd want to get rid of and have it reborn into something else.

      I still pretty use the basic techniques I used in the Screamer book.   But the new book shows 5 different kinds of projects and I show pretty much everything I know including hints about various things.   I think it would be a good thing in the library of a Screamer addict.  I'm working hard this weekend to finish my second lesson on my blog.  I hope you check back every so often.
      I'd love some photos to put on my site.

      Keep in touch.
      Dan

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  • 10/3/2009 9:22 PM Ben Jarmen wrote:
    Cheers for the great easy to follow guide to making paper mache monsters. I'm an art teacher in Qld Australia and I will use some of your lessons as a guide for my paper mache unit. Thanks Dan
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    1. 10/3/2009 9:28 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Well Hello Ben,
      Thank you for tuning in.   It's always nice to meet another paper mache artist, particularly one who teaches.  I'm a teacher by trade myself, although I currently just teach math.     After doing paper mache with kids (and adults) for many years, I realize what a commitment it is.    And a lot of work.   So kudos to you my friend.  Thanks for passing on this great medium.    It's taking me a while to get all of these instructional videos finished.  I'm hoping to finish lesson 2 this weekend.   So keep checking back every so often. 

      Good luck and take care.
      Dan

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  • 10/5/2009 11:47 AM SWEET PEA wrote:
    WILD, WACKY, WONDERFUL AND THAT'S JUST THE COVER. YOUR NU BOOK JUST ARRIVED (ORDERED FROM AMAZON) AND I'VE BEEN DELIGHTFULLY DWELLING IN WONDERLAND EVER SINCE, JUST CAN'T IMAGINE HOW I EVER MISSED YOUR MAGIC, THAT WILL NEVER AGAIN HAPPEN!
    BARBARA LYNN
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    1. 10/5/2009 12:35 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hello Barbara,
      Thank you so much for the wonderful note!    I truly appreciate it.   Please let me know if you ever have any questions.    And check back every so often.     I'll be putting more instructional videos on here.    I'm almost finished with the second lesson.   They will augment the book.    Also, make sure you check my links.    There are some really great paper mache artists out there.
      Thanks again.
      Dan
      PS.  I noticed your login is Sweet Pea.   I had a wonderful cat once that I named Sweet Pea.  

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      1. 10/10/2009 7:09 AM SWEET PEA wrote:
        MORNING MONSTER MASTER,
        THE FOOT-NOTES IN YOUR NU BOOK ARE JUST A HOOT AND I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT OUTSIDE MONSTERS. MY YARD HAS GIANT CAMPHOR TREES (18'PLUS AROUND WITH MANY LIMBS AS BIG AS MOST TREES,)AND ONE WITH A SWING. IT WOULD BE XCELLENT AND XCITING TO HAVE A SWINGING MONSTER, SO TO SPEAK. CAN ONE MAKE THEM WATERPROOF?
        BARBARA LYNN
        P.S. MY BOAT WAS NAMED 'SWEET PEA'. IT SANK.
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        1. 10/10/2009 10:56 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
          Hi again,
          I'm glad you like the footnotes in the book.   Those are the kinds of things I fought my publisher over.  I wanted more, they wanted less.  Although I must admit, some of the stuff they took out was pretty strange. 

          Ya know, making stuff for outdoors is really a different art form.   To be permanent you need fiberglass or something.   Now the pieces I make are actually pretty waterproof for a while.   After all, latex paint is just rubber and people paint their houses with it.   But eventually the moisture works its way into the core where the paper will absorb it.   So for Halloween night, that's fine.   I've had projects outside for an entire summer and no problems.   But for winter...don't think so.

          Sorry.
          Dan
          PS.   My cat was named Sweet Pea because she peed everywhere.   Still, she was a cute cat.

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  • 10/6/2009 5:03 PM Jonty wrote:
    Hi Dan been a few day's sorry been as busy as a... Well lets just say very busy lol.

    I have been meaning to mention that you should add a comment section either to the 'friends picture gallery' section on your website or another page linked to it. Also some great works coming in for the site too. I especially like:

    Ben's red dragon.
    Matts Troll (my current super favorite).
    Alyse's dragon.
    Chris's Scary Gary (an ALL time fav').
    Martha's Deep water Bob (brill).
    Mary's fish.
    Carlas dragon warrior + new warrior.
    Cathy's dragon + Neuro
    Rick's Balrog & elephant (of course lol)
    Toms screamer (love the sign slow down).
    Anthony's Paco Steve (awesome cool).

    Everything people have sent is ALL cool but these are my all time favorites so far.

    Awaiting your next video installment with a growing hunger lol...
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  • 10/12/2009 4:46 PM Pedro wrote:
    I made a comment that you should explain the process of your art earlier today in one of your fast videos. I visited your website in response to your respond. I feel stupid now for making that comment.
    Anyway, I want to know how to make the bodies with your paper and cloth techniques, so I wonder what book I should buy. I have seen your instructional videos, but I like books and I'm ancious to see what is next.
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    1. 10/12/2009 5:55 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi Pedro,
      Certainly, you should not feel bad about making that comment.  You were watching the video on Youtube.  You would have no idea that I had the site.   So thank you for letting me plug my own website.   My "Papier Mache Monster" book is the most comprehensive book I have to offer.   The Dragon-maker's Handbook details the making of the exact dragon you saw on Youtube.    So what book you buy kind of depends upon whether you want to make a dragon, or a monster or marionette or trophy etc.   You can find more information (and ways to buy the books) at  Dragon-maker_s_Handbook.html   (paste that into your browser).

      Let me know if you still have questions.
      Thank you
      Dan

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  • 10/12/2009 6:30 PM Pedro wrote:
    I'm mostly interested on the dragons so I would like to know if the first steps of making the body and using cloth are explained on the dragon handbook.
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    1. 10/12/2009 7:20 PM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Hi again Pedro.
      Yes, the Dragon book is the fully illustrated, complete instructional manual for making the exact dragon on the video.   When I was filming the making of the dragon, I was also photographing the process to make the book later.    So it describes every step in detail.
      Dan

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  • 10/20/2009 10:05 AM Lori wrote:
    Thank You for your videos. You have a great sense of humor and major talent.
    Can't wait to see more.

    I have a love/hate relationship with paper mache.
    Love doing it, Hate the mess. OH, and I absolutely hate crumpling newspaper.

    Right now I am working on a fairly large dragon and also the dragon head trophy from your supersonic, speed of light video. (he is giving me a bit of trouble and unfortunately may not be completed for halloween)

    Trying to wait patiently for your next video!
    Thanks,
    Lori
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    1. 10/20/2009 10:18 AM Dan the Monster-man wrote:
      Thank you for the wonderful comment Lori!  I really appreciate it.       Right now I'm working on one of my fast videos.  But as soon as I finish I'll get at the next lesson. 

      You hate crumpling....I have the strings on the cloth when I'm cloth macheing.  We all have our banes.     Good luck on your projects.
      They sound wonderful.
      Dan

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