My latest beads were made by drawing designs into white polymer clay, then painting them with PanPastel Chalks. After baking, I fill in the lines with colored liquid clay. I enjoy the process. The feeling of serenity it brings hearkens back to the days when I painted on canvas, not beads (my poor family - their houses are filled with oils that I did back in the day - surprisingly I don't have any of them myself.)
I suppose it could be considered a form of "cheating: since the colors are not coming from the PC itself. I still like the effects and am working on a different design. Hey, a break from the leaf motif!