Enter the Dragon

I had the honor of being part of

an elaborate learning display about China

put on by a creative group of moms at Kinkaid School.

A client of mine called one day

innocently asking about

paper Mache.

“I really don’t know much about paper mache

except what I did in grade school.” I said,

“What’s it for?”

 

The answer that followed

sounded like so much FUN . . .

(by the way, I likely would have been the first to offer to paint Huck Finn’s fence)

“I’ll do it!” said I . . . .

with that the adventure began.

Here are some of the pictures.

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The sketch and a model built to test the design.

Notice the top is still empty

hmmmmmm

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This is the enlargement of the scale drawings.

Time is limited and I can tell you now that

I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants.

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This part of the Dragon is on two

six foot tables outside in my paint tent.

It is so big

I am afraid if it was built in the house we would not be able to

safely get it out.

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I kind of know, something has to build the shape.

We have to carry this up stairs at some point so it needs to be sturdy and

NOT TOO HEAVY!

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This is “mud”

learned about on

David Lowe’s

blog about a tree prop.

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Cut, Primed, Painted & Glitter.

Only this, left side of the Dragon face is

painted and glittered . . . . mostly.

Things are moving along well except that in Houston we have

a lot of humidity!!!

Aaaaaarrrgggggh! The head is not drying and it is starting to RAIN!

So at 1:30 Monday afternoon

I pack everything up because the guys are going to come get us.

At least at the school we can work inside.

It was 6:30 by the time we got there and unloaded.

Because the head traveled in an open trailer, with only plastic tarps for protection

It got even more wet!

Wish I had a picture of that because the head was pretty funny

standing upside down on a tarp with a fan trying to dry it.

Wanda and I painted and glittered our hearts out,

Later we were joined by Scott. What a trooper!

Finally the painting was done and it was time to put the pieces of dragon together.

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That is the head on the lower left of the photo.

Up the stairs but still needs to be painted.

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He is all up

but something is missing . . . .

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EYES!

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This is the best part.

When the kids really do

ENTER THE DRAGON

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No, he is not perfect.

The measurements were there, but, being a first and only fitting

I am very happy with how he turned out.

Here is the rest of the fantasticness done by the

Class Moms of Kinkaid!

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All the kids on the tour got to put on these adorable shirts.

They got to feel, touch and play with props.

The lantern room is my favorite.

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Sample the food.

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The amazing mural you see in the background was painted by:

 Doreen Vail in Columbus, TX

& her friend Robyn.

All of the students from this school and a near by middle school

have been touring since last week

I am sure a

fun and educational time has been had by all.

Thank you so much for letting me join the fun.

I really enjoyed meeting and working with all the super moms, dads and

The Maintenance Staff of the school.

Having grown children now, I can tell you this is one part of school and

our children’s lives I really miss.

Cheers,

Debbie Doodles

About debbiedoodlesink

Illustrator ~ Painter of Furniture ~ Lover of Horses, Glitter and all things Fanciful. Illustration is just the beginning of what can turn into fabulous welcome banner for a new baby, a book, a greeting, a step up in the world or upcycled recycled furniture and decor. Come follow the glitter trail.
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