Thursday, November 19, 2009

How to Spawn Your Own Inanimate Monsters

Dan Reeder, a local artist and author, asked us to review his new book, Papier-Mâché Monsters. It is a colorful and unique book that is perfect for anyone interested in learning how these sculptures are made or those brave few who are looking to make something of their own.

The first half of the book is dedicated to a single project with detailed instructions on each step. Even if you weren't keen on making monsters, you could easily apply the techniques to any sort of creation that you were interested in bringing to life. Reeder uses paper and cloth strips in his papier-mâché -- and no balloons! Actually, most of his materials are easy to come by like Elmer's glue, masking tape and wire coat hangers. He also uses his well-developed sense of humor to give a light-hearted feel to labor intensive projects. Note: He loves masking tape enough to marry it but he doesn't feel as strongly about glue. His feline friends also make appearances throughout the book though they never seem to be working very hard!

This is a fascinating how-to book and it also serves as a showcase of Reeder's amazing work. He's a papier-mâché veteran who is willing to share his expertise with newbies -- what could be better than that?

In awe of artists,

Support our site and buy Papier-Mâché Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities on Amazon or find it at your local library. We received our copy from the author.

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