Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Diva challenge #271 - Beads of Courage

This week's challenge is a special one. It is based on Beads of Courage, which are beads little kids get who suffer chronic illnesses tell and track the story of their medical journey. She asks us to use this idea as our inspiration for our tile(s).

My first tile represents my own beads of courage. Regular visitors to this blog know that I'm a breast cancer survivor. I used the Breast Cancer ribbon for my string and Tangles starting with the letter B for my beads. 

My tile is therefore a 'Beads for Boobs with B tangles' tile. Tangles I used include Barney, Bateek, Bunzo, Bales, Bask-it, Baton, Balo, Beelight, Borbz and Buttercup.

A special shout out to the amazing Linda Farmer and her Tanglepatterns.com website. I referred to her site during the making of tile as most of the Tangles I used were new to me and I couldn't deconstruct them on my own.

My next tile was just me playing around with colour. I used Buttercup again. I was never able to draw it before but now it's working for me.

Other drawing

I've been doing lots of other Zentangle drawing lately. Today I'm only going to share one. It's a work-in-progress ZIA on A3 card stock. The idea came from a recent IAST challenge set by Adele Bruno which asked us to use Fengle as a string.

You can see that I've done that, and added Ellish and Skye, which have been featured in a few Zentangle challenges and blogs of late.

The finished piece will have colour. Not sure where, just that I want to add bright pops of colour to enhance and not detract from the Tangles.

Here it is.

No more excuses

This mantra seems to be working for me. I've been to the gym for four days in a row and will be going again for the next couple of days.

I can now do full push ups on my toes and I have muscles in my arms that I can see AND feel. 

My thoughts, heart and prayers go to those people affected by the shooting in Florida.

Have a good week.

Miss L


Suse said...

Love both your beads of courage tiles - lovely colour.

Anonymous said...

Your beads of courage tile is great and I send my respect to you as a survivor. As for the big, I really do mean BIG piece, it's lovely already. I can't wait to see the finished work.

Jennifer Sparrow said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us through this lovely beaded tile. I'm looking forward to seeing your A3 piece!

Jean Chaney said...

Yes, you certainly deserve your own set of beads. Such a difficult journey. Love your colors, beads, and especially your WIP. You must share when finished!

Suzanne Fluhr said...

Beautiful beads of courage tiles. My favorite is the second one. Perfect amount of color.

Suzanne Fluhr said...

Beautiful beads of courage tiles. My favorite is the second one. Perfect amount of color.

Ria Matheussen said...

Very nice beads of courage and very original to use tangles, starting with a B, love the backgrounds too.

Karen Aicken said...

Your tiles are just beautiful!

Anne's tangle blog said...

All so very beautiful and a great post.

Anja said...

Your beads of courage are wonderful!

The Yorkshire Tortoise said...

I love both your ideas for the beads of courage tiles. They should bring them in for adults too, I am sure they would be diverting from the bad things. Your large ZIA is amazing.

Patty CZT22 said...

Love both of your tiles and my heart goes out to you for your own special Beads of Courage tile! Fighting cancer does take faith and courage for sure!

Shelly Beauch said...

Zippity do da! Loving your beads and ellish ZIA!

cstocks said...

Very good stuff from first to last. Power to you for the good fight and a great piece to boot--love the pink! Amazing ZIA. CHeryl