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Special Note:  August 24, 2014
I am just finishing a revision of my Dragon-maker's Handbook.  It will be completely updated and it will also have a section on trophies.   I just can't sell the old one in good conscience when I'm days away from finishing this new version.    You can still buy my Papier Mache Monster book, and William's Treasure if you like from this site.   But not the Handbook.  I will let you know as soon as I have the new ones available.  It will be worth the wait.  I expect to have them the first week of September.  But, if you can't wait the wait because you need to start your dragon now, you can still order it from Amazon.com.  I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience.  Contact me if you have questions.   dan@gourmetpapermache.com.  

Three book special!

$41.95 (plus shipping) for all three books below!
Of course you can buy these separately below. 
Read below for more information on all of these books.  If you have other questions, don't hesitate to contact me!  Thank you!

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I've written several how-to books over the years.    My first, The Simple Screamer: A Guide to the Art of Papier and Cloth Mache
(1984, Gibbs Smith Publishers) sold in bookstores around the world for over 22 years.    The Screamer book and its sequel, Make Something Ugly for a Change:  The definitive Guide to Papier and Cloth Mache (1999, Gibbs Smith Publisher) became collector's items after they went out of print.   You can still find them online for ridiculous prices.  I know, life is strange.   

After two years of hard work I made the sequel to the sequel to that first Screamer book, 
Papier Mache Monsters: Turn Trinkets and Trash into Magnificent Monstrosities  (Gibbs Smith Publishers, Layton, Utah).   This is the most comprehensive book about papier and cloth mache I've ever put together.   I truly tell all in this book, every technique and trick I've developed over my many years of doing this work.   In the book I illustrate the making of a basic monster (like the original Screamer, watch my video, "Papier Mache Monsters"), a marionette (for those of you who want your monsters to dance), trophies (like the one in my "Paper Mache Dragon Trophy" video), the traditional paper mache piggy (the one in my "Paper Mache Piggy" video), and finally, the ugly doll (turn something pretty into something pretty ugly...but fun).

You'll note that I didn't list "dragon" in the list of chapters in my new book.   That's because dragons are a bit more specialized and I just didn't have enough room to devote a chapter to dragon making.   Dragon making simply needed its own how-to book.   So...for you dragon lovers, consider buying my Dragon-Maker's Handbook.  
It details the making of the red dragon in my "Paper Mache Dragon" video.    It is 46 pages with 300+ color photos to guide you through the process.   It clearly illustrates my papier and cloth mache methods.   I offer two versions of this book.   The "Full Color Edition" of the book is $14.95 plus shipping.   For the economy minded, I also offer a black and white version for $8.95 plus shipping.      Except for the color, the books are identical.    I put a page from each book below so that you can see the difference.  If you buy my books or not, I will always answer your paper mache questions.   I'm always happy to get people going with this medium. 

Also, for those of you with children, or for those of you who enjoy nicely illustrated dragon books, check out my book, William's Treasure.    Okay, so this has nothing to do with paper mache (although the 3D version of the star of the book, William, graces the cover of the Papier Mache Monster book!  Isn't he cute?).  While my claim to fame has been papier mache, I am most proud of this book.    I carried this story in my head for many years.   I put my papier mache aside for a couple years to get this book out of my head and into a book.    I can say unabashedly that everyone who sees this book loves it.   In fact, if you buy it and don't like it, you can keep the book and I'll refund your money (well, except for shipping).

Pushing any "buy now" button on this page will take you to Paypal's secure site where you can use Paypal or a bank card (or a check, although it will take a few days to clear).   You don't have to be a member of Paypal to buy a book.   I ship within 24 hours of payment.   If you live in the States, you should get your book in a couple of days.  If you are buying outside the United States, click the "calculate total order amount" link at the top of the page.   Then click the "shipping outside the US?" link.    I calculate a break even point for shipping.  I do not make money on shipping.    Prices just went up again, as of Jan 31, 2013.  

Note about buying multiple books.   I offer discounts when you buy multiple books on top of the money you save in combined shipping.  

Bottom line is, if you have any questions?  Contact me.        

This will be available once I get the revised Handbook finished.   Thank you for your patience!!
2 Book Special!
Papier Mache Monsters & Dragon-maker's Handbook (autographed)
$31.94 (plus shipping)

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Papier Mache Monsters -Autographed
Papier Mache Monsters

If you want to buy this book online, follow the links below:

Gibbs Smith Publisher

Note:  If you want an Autographed Copy, then buy the book from me.   Just use the button above.    But to be honest, you may be able to get the book cheaper online (without the autograph).  For many reasons I can't compete on price with some of the stores online.   So if you buy from me you'll have to pay the bookstore price, $16.99 plus shipping (priority mail).   Still, I'll write something nice.   And of course I'll answer your questions forever.


William's Treasure

William lives in the forest.  His life is simple and serene, although punctuated by episodes of frivolity and pure joy.  That is, until one evening, when he decides to investigate a strange but alluring glow on the horizon and discovers a brilliantly lit, powerfully enticing, treasure-trove of a place called, “Stuff for U!”  The moment William steps into the place he is caught in a web of desire.  A new William emerges, one that wants stuff.  He starts collecting things, first by the handful, then the armful, a wagon load, a small heap, and ultimately a gigantic pile.  Concurrently, his innocent, happy life gives way to one of worry, anxiety, paranoia, and an insatiable appetite for more.  Eventually, the need to reclaim his old blissful self pulls William off his pile of stuff and sends him back to his forest home.   I think that this story perfectly illustrates the classic  relationship between stuff and happiness.  

William's Treasure is 46 pages long, with water color and  pen-and-ink  illustrations.  The examples below are very low resolution samples.

If you would like to buy this book, press the "buy now" button below.  It will take you to Paypal's secure website.    It sells for $17.95 on Amazon.com.  But if you buy it here, it is only $14.95 plus shipping...a bargain don't you think? 

P.S. If you buy William and a dragon book at the same time, I'll combine shipment and rebate some of your shipping costs.  I do not make money on shipping.  And if you don't like William, I will refund your money! 

William's Treasure

Happy William on his path.

William on his little pile of stuff.

Crusty William on his humongous pile of stuff.
Newer version available the first week of September!

Full Color Edition

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