I’m about 3-4 weeks behind in the challenges.  Lots of catch up to do.  I’ll start, however, with the current week and then go back to the older ones.  I’m also going back to the very beginning and catching up on those too, although I’m not posting all of that.  Would take me forever, lol.

This week Laura has a special challenge for us. Her son Artoo is joining a project called Beads of Courage. This is a wonderful charity that helps a child with a chronic illness or condition to tell their story of courage and strength as they take their medical journey.  Every single bead represents something a child has done – a test, a poke or needle, a procedure, a doctor’s appointment, therapy, special accomplishments, an xray, use of oxygen, mobility issues, etc.

For more information, grab the link on the right to the Diva Challenge, and read all that Laura Harms told us.  Laura comes up with wonderful challenges every week, and this one is extra special.  A very happy birthday wish for Artoo, who just turned two!

I focused on “Beads for Artoo”, for my ZIAs and zentangles.  The first two are both on half sheets of watercolor paper, colored with Irogiten colored pencils (made by Tombow).  They are brand new, bought for a class on this subject I’m taking from Marie Browning.  These pencils hold color very well, and blend beautifully.  Of course, I’m still practicing, but I’m not unhappy with the results.  I’m not going to try to name all of the tangles, dangles, etc., I used, because there are so many.  Here’s the first one:

My second one I did a little differently; same size, but I traced an official zentangle tile three times, tangled inside, and then added the rest, then colored with the colored pencils.  I think it’s my personal favorite.

I thought I was finished.  But before I wrote this article I peeked at some of the entries over at I am the Diva.  There I saw an entry by K. N. Malathi, which included some paper beads she made, with bookmarks on each side, and she took a picture of it.  I just loved it, and decided to borrow her composition for a 3.5″ tile, which is all drawn (sorry, no paper beads), and that is this one.

Well, that’s it for me on this challenge, now I’ll go make comments on all the lovely tiles and ZIA’s on this week’s challenge.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!