WINGS!!!!! I thought I would never get here! This dragon hasn’t taken me as long as others, but there just seemed to be so many little things that needed to get taken care of before I ever got to the wings. I started them like all the other ones that I have done, but decided to see if I could build them up with the smooth clay. So here is how they began… Continue reading
An idea popped into my head a few months ago about doing a dragon holding some butterflies. Right after I started this project, I started seeing signs of butterflies everywhere. Spiritually, personally and as a society, we are going through many transformations right now. This is the message of butterflies, so it was interesting that the universe wanted me to add these little creatures to one of my dragons.
It took some thinking for how I was going to accomplish this so I started researching images of various butterflies on the internet. These were the three I came up with:
I was really having a difficult time trying to decide what color to paint this dragon. I liked this green color a lot, but I knew it needed to be toned down. His eyes were red and green so I wanted to stay somewhere in that color scheme without him looking too ‘Christmassy’. Continue reading
I decided to try some new methods with this dragon. Instead of doing flour and water paper mâché balls to form the dragon, I wanted to make a basic body shape cut from foam core. I built up the figure with wads of paper or foil to get my desired shape and then used two different types of paper clay to fill out the features. Here are the beginnings of the arms and legs showing the process of adding the rough paper clay. Clay needed to be added a little at a time and allowed to dry otherwise the clay would fall off.
First, let me thank everyone who entered into this contest. We had 46 entries which translated into $460 for Lily’s medical needs. You guys ROCK!!!
Sunday, David Stipes and I made a trip to Lily’s house for me to meet her because we thought it would be appropriate for her to be the one to choose the winner of the dragon. Forty-six individual entries were placed in a bowl, stirred, mixed, and thoroughly shuffled (several times by Lily).
When Lily was ready, she chose one name and that is:
The dragon has already been delivered to Chloie’s grandmother who was generous enough to buy her three entries into this raffle. Chloie is nine years old and from what I have learned has powerful dragon energy!
Here are some photos of that day –
Meeting Lily for the first time! Contrary to how this child looks, she is actually very ill, but she has such a positive attitude!
Lily making sure the entries are completely mixed.
Pulling the winner!
I will post photos of the winner when they become available. Thanks everyone again!
The Hearts for Lily Dragon Raffle is now over! Thank you so much to Rose Bean Schledwitz, JoAnne Kabat, Scott Baker, Stacy Smith, Patricia Druckman, Anne Nygaard, Margo Dolittle, Lynda Frenchette, Heidi Bender Milliner, Chloie Milliner, Daniel Jacob, Carol A. Kiefer, and Rebecca Davis for your donations to help this child in need! The winner of the Hearts for Lily Dragon will be chosen sometime within the next week and be notified by email. I will also post the winner here. Good luck to everyone and blessings to all who shared, donated, sent prayers or even positive thoughts for this endeavor. Love you all!
Donations can still be made for Lily on her GoFundMe campaign.
I know most everyone thought this dragon was finished in the last blog post, but if you look at him closely, you can see he seems to be holding something.
While I was at Michael’s a couple of years ago during Valentine’s day, I came across some heart picks that I thought I could someday use with a dragon. I bought one pick that had five hearts on it in two different sizes.
Horns and scales were next up on my agenda. You can use just about any clay that hardens for the horns, but I just happen to have three boxes of Super Sculpey I bought years ago for other projects I never did. Super Sculpey will still break, but I like it because I can mold it to the paper mâché piece before I fire it and get a better fit when I am attaching the piece later. I have learned, though, that long skinny things like claws and horns might benefit from being reinforced with some wire inside.
Creating this dragon has become quite a challenge in major planning of what to do first. How far do I put the scales before the arms are attached? Do I need to paint the breast plates first and how much? Anyway, I decided that most of the body painting could be done before I added the arms, but to be honest, the whole thing just felt so back-ass-wards! I have always completed the fabric mâché part of the project first and then painted the whole thing after. The reason his tail was painted later was just so I had something to hang on to.
October 2015 was my last post! Where have I been? Certainly not doing paper mâché! Well that dry spell is over. With all my other projects completed, I was able now in January 2017 to start a new paper mâché dragon. This one has a little more of a special meaning in making it, but before I tell you about that, let’s talk about how this dragon happened!