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.



The sketch and a model built to test the design.

Notice the top is still empty



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.


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.



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



This is “mud”

learned about on

David Lowe’s

blog about a tree prop.


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.


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

Up the stairs but still needs to be painted.



He is all up

but something is missing . . . .





This is the best part.

When the kids really do



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!



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.



Sample the food.


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.


Debbie Doodles

About debbiedoodlesink

Illustrator ~ Painter of Furniture ~ Recycle and upcycle, Lover of Glitter and all things Fanciful. Please stand by as changes and updates come to this site during 2019. Cheers!
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