I am an artist living in Seattle, Washington. I have been making monsters for many years. I created my first monster while teaching fifth grade in 1972. I insisted that my students make monsters because it guaranteed their success. After all, who would know if that horn or hump was in the wrong place? Because monsters were easier to paint with mouths open, they all looked to be screaming. Hence the "Screamer" was born. Over the years I developed my own variation of traditional paper mache. I also invented the process I call "cloth mache" which involves adding a "skin" of cloth dipped into white glue. I like to think that my first book, "The Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mache" (1984,Gibbs Smith Publishers) and the sequel, "Make Something Ugly for a Change: The Definitive Guide to Papier and Cloth Mache" contributed to a small renaissance of paper mache art. It is an amazing art form. I can think of no other medium that lends itself so well to large sculpture or that accommodates so well the novice and professional artist alike. I'm very excited to announce the arrival of my latest book, "Papier Mache Monsters: Turning Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrocities" (Gibbs Smith Publishers). This is my most comprehensive book yet. Fully illustrated (more than 350 illustrations) and easy to follow, this book gives away every secret I know about monster making. I must warn you in advance, the writing is a bit on the strange, irreverent side, but appropriate for most literate adults and semi-mature kids (ie. You must be at least 6 years old to understand the humor, at least 19 years old to be offended.) I also offer a book specifically designed for you to make a dragon. This, "Dragon-maker's Handbook" is fully illustrated and leads you step by step through the dragon making process. (Please note that you cannot get this in the UK. But you can from my site. Just follow this address. http://www.gourmetpapermache.com/Dragon-maker_s_Handbook.html ) And, as if this wasn't enough, check out my children's book, "William's Treasure." Paper mache is my claim to fame, but this book is my pride and joy.
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