Beads of Courage Challenge…

To best explain this challenge I am taking words right from Laura (aka The Diva) Harms’ blog.

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.  These kids are amazing.  And they more often than not have to deal with a lot on a daily basis.  They see a lot of doctors, and on this program instead of getting a sticker or a lollipop for getting a needle or an X-Ray, or a test of some kind, they’d get a glass bead to represent that part of their medical journey.

Three years ago, my friend Tara and i decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money and awareness about this amazing program that both of our kids are on.

Laura’s youngest son, Artoo, has Moebius Syndrome, which is a rare neurological disorder that is present at birth.  For more information, the site address is: or click here.

On Laura’s blog she has a photos from the 5K run and also a photo of some the beads Artoo received in his first year of life.  It is HUGE!  It gives a great visual of the role medical procedures play in his life as a result of this disorder and reminds me to be grateful every day for what I have, which includes healthy children.

This is  last year’s “Beads of Courage Challenge” tile. I never posted it:

Colored with Prismcolor Pencils

Colored with Prismcolor Pencils

This year’s tile is similar with the string reflecting the aqua beads in Artoo’s pile.

Colored with Prismacolor pencils

Colored with Prismacolor pencils


Now that I finished my tile I am going to see how others have interpreted this challenge. And, I invite you to look at the submissions on the Diva Challenge blog. I hope you find these tiles as inspiring and educational as I do.

There are times that I would like to leave a comment on someone’s site but unless there is an option for name/URL I cannot.  I do not fit into the other categories.  Sorry!

As always, I am so grateful to all who leave me comments and I try to leave a reply to all of them.  Your comments are a great source of encouragement and support.  To those who left comments last week, a huge THANK YOU!

Until next time,
Sending smiles,



25 Responses to Beads of Courage Challenge…

  • Maureen, both this year’s and last year’s tiles are lovely and delicate with good three dimensionality. I’m sure Artoo would be happy with both of them—except I hope he doesn’t have to “earn” too many more “beads of courage”.

    • Thanks Suzanne. Since learning about Beads of Courage I send a donation to the program. I applaud the bead makers for their time and contribution too. It is so sad to think about all that Artoo and children like him go through just to be a part of this world. They really are courageous. And thank you for your comments about the tiles too. 🙂

  • Lovely!!!! And great to see the difference with last year.

    • Thanks Annemarie. I used to complete the challenge but didn’t have a website so I couldn’t figure out how to submit the tiles. I am glad that you liked viewing both year’s tiles. 🙂

  • Both tiles are very pretty and you made imaginative use of a range of patterns. I like delicate colours. so both of these suit my taste. Nice work.

    • Thanks Maggibee. It was really fun coming up with different patterns for each bead on the tile. Glad you liked them. 🙂

  • Both tiles are lovely! I really like your shadowing.

    • Thank you Ilse. I think that coloring and shading are my favorite parts of tangling. I believe that the shading is such an enhancement to any pattern. Glad you liked the tiles. 🙂

  • These are beautiful Beads of Courage!! Lovely to see them together!! 🙂

    ~ Diane Clancy

  • I love both tiles muchly! I’m new here so it is lovely just getting acquainted with every one.

    • Welcome Kat! I find that of all of the challenges out there, the Diva challenge works best for me. I love looking at what others contribute and learn so much from them. I see ways to do a tangle that I hadn’t thought of doing and how someone shades the tile, etc. I hope that you will find this site fits for you too. And thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Hope to hear from you in the future. 🙂

  • I love your intricately patterned beads and your post! Your colors are bright but not overdone, which really adds to this challenge. Both tiles are very nice!

    • Thank you Antonine for your kind comments. Your words are so encouraging. I appreciate them. 🙂

  • Nice to see both tiles – they are both lovely!

  • Hi Maureen,

    Like you – I like the diva challenge best too!! 🙂 Happy to hear another person say so!

    I like both tiles, though I am a bit more biased to your first one 😛 Simply because it is SO pretty and delicate 🙂 I like how it looks like a cursive letter L – beautiful 🙂


    • Thank you Debbie. The other challenges are great too, but they just don’t resonate as clearly with me. I have to say that I too like last year’s tile better than this year’s. Looking at other tiles submitted for this challenge they have inspired me to find ways to respond to the challenge and not be so literal. It is one of the reasons why I love, love, love the Diva Challenges. I am always learning from the other tiles. I appreciate your comments. 🙂

    • Thank you Debbie. I also favor last year’s tile a bit more than this year’s tile. Both are a literal interpretation and one that many people comment on. I think it is because they are more representational than any of my other tiles. And all of the tangle challenges out there are great. I only have time to respond to one challenge a week and the Diva Challenge just works for me right now. Happy to know that it works for you too. 🙂

  • Both years are quite lovely. Delicate beads and pretty colors!

    • Thank you Charlotte. They were fun to do and a challenge to come up with a different pattern for each “bead.” Glad you liked them. 🙂

    • Thank you Charlotte. I enjoyed the challenge of putting a different tangle in each bead. Glad you liked them! 🙂

  • Both are very lovely! I like your harmonious way of colouring!

    • Thank you LonettA. It is very relaxing to create the tile and also relaxing to color it. For a very long time I only did tiles in black and white. My friends tease me because I was such a “purist” for so long. After I was introduced to adding color, I was hooked on it. Thank you for appreciating the colors. 🙂

    • Thanks LonettA. For a very long time I was a purist and only used black and white with shading in gray. My friends tease me about it because I was so adamant that I only liked the “traditional” tiles. Then I was introduced to color and colored pencils. Now, I love, love, love coloring the tiles. I find it so relaxing. I am glad that I spent all of that time using the traditional black pen on white tiles because they formed a solid foundation upon which to then use color. I am so happy that you liked the colors on the tiles. Thank you! 🙂

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