Did you notice that I haven’t participated in a Zentangle® challenge in a few weeks? It’s not that I haven’t been tangling all along, it’s just that these challenges often require a little extra mental effort, in a good way of course, but I haven’t had the time to give that effort. Those of you who have been reading along know that there’s been a big change in my life. For the rest of you who usually just visit for these challenges, the big news is that we have a new puppy! Puppies take a lot of mental energy. Luckily this one doesn’t take nearly as much physical energy as mental. We’ve named her Pepper and she’s about 14 weeks old. This smart little girl already knows a few commands, is puppy pad trained and on her way to being housebroken, as well. The big question is when will I trust her to let us know if she needs to go out? Ah, the challenges of parenthood!
And, speaking of challenges, I decided to jump back in to this week’s Diva Challenge #271. In doing so I’ve learned a new art technique which is both easy and fun – two of my favorite things! As most regular followers of the Diva know, her younger son has Moebius syndrome and among other things, he is very susceptible to illnesses and often requires hospital visits. There is a program for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses who need to make regular hospital visits called Beads of Courage. As part of this program they collect colorful beads to indicate the different procedures they have endured throughout their medical treatments. These beads become a physical record of their medical journey.
This week’s challenge is to create a tile inspired by the Beads of Courage program. The Diva began by coloring her tile using a very easy watercolor technique called the Hefty Hack. I tried this for the first time and overall liked the results, although I’d probably go a little lighter on the color the next time I use it. But this was a simple way to create colorful beads without lots of un-Zen thoughts about choosing colors for each individual bead.
After my colored tile was dry, I tangled each bead, one at a time. You might have noticed that there are three Pepper tangle beads in honor of our new puppy. I kept the strand of beads simple and really love the results. It reminds me of the beads my daughters used to create out of clay or paper when they were younger. Nostalgia is always a good thing in my book.
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