Gibbs Library in Washington, Maine has some of my Mythical Maine JEMTOYs on display to support the launch of my book, Snotgrass which contains all kinds of strange critters that creep through the muck and mire of Maine. If you’re in the area, take a photo in front of the display case and tag me – I’ll click LIKE on it!!! Wa-Hoooo!
Philly Lou Bird is upset that he’s part of my book, Snotgrass. Don’t worry, I intend to donate half the profits to protect the endangered mythical creatures here in Maine. Be sure and do your part, download the Kindle version of Snotgrass today, and have a laugh or two. Here’s a preview from the book, a chapter called Side Hill Gouger.
It’s been a long winter here in Maine. It’s been especially rough on Philly Lou Bird who forgot to migrate south. These characters are in my latest book called Snotgrass. It is full of Maine Humor, Bouffant Hairdos, and Mythical Beasts. Check it out!
I have been an art teacher since 1984, so it comes naturally to me to share what I know with others. Whenever I am in the art studio making stuff, I enjoy photographing the process from start to finish. Way back I remember wanting to make toys of my own before I knew exactly what materials to use, and where to find them. It’s been a crazy journey.
These days there are so many different silicone mold making supplies and urethane resins I had no idea where to start. When materials cost hundreds of dollars, it can be very intimidating if you are not sure what to order, how to use it, and if the materials will be compatible. Yes… I made lots of mistakes, but that’s how it goes in the art room. To be an artist, you have to be comfortable with failure to get to any success.
When compiling the photos included in my How To Make Resin Toys book I realized that it took over three years and thousands of dollars of materials to make this book. Each resin toy represents days of making the original art, casting a silicone mold, tinting and pouring resin, painting, finishing, header cards, and packaging. It’s a very involved process with many steps to master.
When I first set out on my own I could not find a book to help out the beginner, so I decided to make that book myself. I self published the How To Make Resin Toys book on Blurb.com in 2013, and after my dear friend Louis Bou mentioned my book in his book, We Are Indie Toys, sales went through the roof.
I noticed that most folk want the download over the printed book for several reasons. First the download is instant. Another benefit is that it is easier to look at one’s iPad or iPhone than struggle with a paperback book that wants to close while working in an art studio. After the success of my book I decided it would be good to get it on Amazon’s Kindle platform and offer it there. Now all you aspiring toy makers can snap up your very own copy of How To Make Resin Toys on Amazon or Blurb depending on which is best for you. The best part is, with the information in this book you can set up a resin toy studio for around $200 – $300 bucks and get started right away. You don’t have to make all the mistakes I did in order to get there.
So here’s to you toy makers of the world. Be sure to drop me a line with a link to your blog or Facebook page and let me see the toys you have brought into the world. I love seeing your creations, and in some way, being a small part of them. Have fun! JEM~
My family and I drove across country from California to Maine, and now Swamp Bogger, Philly Lou Bird, and Yupapotamus are home at Washington Pond, Maine. This is the lake I grew up on, listening to my grandfather’s old logging tales about these weird critters. Many of the old timers here know stories about these critters, and it’s fun to see the enthusiasm they have in telling them. We’re staying at my Dad’s house, looking for a home of our own somewhere in the area. I’ll keep you posted. Jay~