Win an Aardvark Art Glass ebook. Learn to make a Screaming Cactus or Fish.

Todays review is of two tutorial ebooks by Cathy Lybarger of Aardvark Art Glass.  You probably recognize Cathy’s expressive beads and now you can learn how to get the same effects in your own beads.

it's a wonderful fish tutorial

It’s a Wonderful Fish is 20 pages of beautiful, clear pictures and easy-to-read instruction that teaches how to form the body of a whimsical fish and create the eyes and lips that have so much character in Cathy’s pieces.  I’ve tried to make faces before and have come up short when trying to give them personalities.  Cathy’s methods show the nuances behind the facial features of her fish that will put you well on the road to creating your own characters beyond fish!

Cathy says that she doesn’t think that her fish are that complex so even beginners can follow the instructions.

Her other tutorial is for her Screaming Cactus bead.

screaming cactus glass bead tutorial

This tutorial is a little shorter, but the price is a little lower too and it’s another great resource for learning to make charicature type beads with exaggerated whimsical features that really do give the effect of the faces actually saying something to the viewer.  Cathy offers the beginner version of the Screaming Cactus (the barrel cactus) as well as a more advanced version (the saguaro cactus with arms) so all levels of beadmaker will be happy with this tutorial.

You will learn about layering colors and encased stringer and a little secret about how to achieve those great teeth!

Cathy gives you a little insight as to how she came about her beads that appear to scream.  She also includes a “cheat sheet” at the end of the tutorial that is a pictorial guide to the tutorial so that once you read it, you can keep the cheat sheet by your torch as you work through the steps without having to flip through the pages as you go.

Both tutorials are an easy, fun, read and you will be sure to pick up tips for whimsical sculpting in glass no matter what experience level you are.  Would you like to win your own copy of one of these tutorials?  Cathy is giving away two copies of her ebooks and all you have to do is comment here and on May 4th (two weeks from today) I will randomly choose a winner.  Each winner can choose which ebook they would like and Cathy will zip it off to them.

So come on, leave your comment!  Even if you already own the tutorials, why not enter and surprise a friend who doesn’t yet have it!  Do you already have pictures of your own fish, cactus or characters you’ve come up with after using Cathy’s tutorials? Shoot me a picture and I’ll put them on the contest page!  No, you don’t get an extra entry or anything but you’ll get your picture in the gallery for the world to see.

Good luck!

58 thoughts on “Win an Aardvark Art Glass ebook. Learn to make a Screaming Cactus or Fish.

  1. What great tutorials. Like a mini class, every tutorial I’ve got has taught me at least one great tip or technique that really boosts my skills.

  2. Wow, those look like fun tutorials. I have the bead pen Cathy submitted at the Gathering a couple years ago.

  3. Lori, I just love your email letters and the way you keep us all your friends and informed! Love these beads and hope I win!

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  5. Those tutorials look awesome! I would love to win this! Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks!

  6. excited as always to see her work…it’s always amazed me. i’d love to figure out to how just “do it”!

  7. I would love to win one of Cathy’s tutorials. I’ve haunted her website and her auctions for a long time, just for the giggles and Oh, my goshes.
    Her fishes display such a wonderful sense of humor.

  8. These are great! I love making beads and would love to get into glasswork. V. interested in these tutorials and the book.

  9. Hi…these are awesome…I would love to learn how to make beads! So onto the tutorials! ty for the chance, Cher

  10. What a cool idea. Contests on Blogs. And I love the look of the tutorial though I wonder if it might be a little beyond me. But if Cathy says its OK for beginners too…..Ive always loved her creatures. Please add me to the contest.

  11. Wow, this tutorial looks great. I would love to win one. Please add my name to the drawing!

  12. i’d love to win one of these awesome tutorials…they look like lots of fun…i’ve been getting into making my Littles…this is a new avenue for me to travel…
    pick me please…

  13. Lori This is so nice of you to do!

    Fishy Fishy in the brook
    If I make ya out of glass
    You will never see a hook! lol-Kim

  14. Me me me!! Pick me!! 🙂 Ha ha ha. Lori, you’re the bestest! I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep cool, summer’s like HERE already for us! (our swamp cooler has already been broken in, and it’s only APRIL!! Sheesh!)

  15. Those tutorials look like fun! Your review on them is great!

    Please enter me in the contest to win one of them. I’d love to have either one. They both look like they’d be a blast to work from!

    Thanks Lori for offering these to us

  16. I would love to win Cathy’s tutorial. My fish look like anorexic aliens!
    Thanks for the contest!

  17. I’d love to see some photos of what people who already have the tuts have come up with. Thanks for the contest, fun stuff!

  18. Omg, I am SUCH a fan of Cathys! this would be just too awesome!
    Thanks for posting over at L.E.

  19. I am in love with with everything fishes and really enjoy Cathy’s lampwork version. It would be a total joy to be able to try my hand at making them!

  20. I bought the fish tut and had so much fun with it! I think I finally impressed my 9 and 6 year old sons with my little glass fish!

  21. What a great review and contest Lori! I have had my eye on these for a while so I would love to toss my name in the hat.

  22. I’m up for winning anything that will teach me how to do something fun and interesting. I can use all the help I can get.
    I’ll keep my finger crossed.

  23. I have been trying to make fish that are very expressive. I will be adding this ebook to my library and fish to my beads and jewelry.


  24. From reading the review it sounds like two books I would love to have. I’m a beginner and I could use all the help I can get. Plus the cactus and fish are adorable, something I would like to learn how to do.


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