Pat Mathes,CZT
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Diva Challenge 271

This week, Laura challenged us with the Beads of Courage challenge that we occasionally have when her son Artoo has been dealing with medical issues and relying on his beads of courage.
Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke... some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child's string is different and unique to their story. 
 There is a background technique called Hefty Hack, applying colors indirectly to the tile.  I have used this method with my Tombows but never knew there was a name for it!!  Here are my Beads of Courage for Artoo.
And even though these Beads of Courage are for kids with medical issues, I think the Beads of Courage are a great token for Orlando this week.


  1. Lovely bead tile and love the way you have done the image shading! Very nice!

  2. Love these soft colours, nice beads and beautiful shadows, a gorgeous tile!

  3. Super shading Pat, great effects!

  4. What a lovely tile! The shading is wonderful as is the bead detail;-)_

  5. Great shading and wonderful soft colors!

  6. Wow, this is great Pat, I love the shading too.