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Welcome to THE CREATIVE WORLD of K. Joy Ballard PETERS

While at NJoysArt, the company featuring the creative expressions of visual artist K. Joy Ballard Peters, you will experience her diverse and creative mind.

Whether your interest is piqued by her stunning collage appliqués, watercolor paintings, jewelry or writing instruments, here you will find all one-of-a-kind original works of art. Her notable appliqué technique, often described as "painting with fabric", is her favorite and most used medium. Her appliqués can stand alone, beautifully framed to make a statement, or you may enjoy them on scarves, tote bags, clothing, aprons and note cards.

The collage technique is at the root of the inspiration of her appliqués. Collage is an artistic medium popularized by renowned artist Romare Bearden. Once inspired by a concept, K. Joy begins building the vision of the appliqué by selecting commercially produced fabrics, then cuts, redesigns, and sews by machine to create new images with dimension and depth. One must look carefully to see exactly which images and colors have been repurposed to create new scenes. Illusions and surprise textures appear without warning in her appliqués.

Additionally, she developed her watercolor painting skills and style while studying art at Howard University under internationally acclaimed artist, Lois Mailou Jones. There, she also explored working with acrylics, tissue paper collages, charcoal, printmaking techniques and ceramics. These techniques often appear in mixed media appliqués created by K. Joy.

A lover and creator of art since the age of 8, K. Joy enjoys exploring the arts, especially those with decorative and utilitarian purposes. Visual art has always been, and will continue to be, a part of her everyday living!

Photos by Ron Witherspoon Photography

"Jumping Rope"

The appliqué technique used by K. Joy Ballard Peters, often described as "painting with fabric", is her favorite medium and the one for which she is most known. She combines her trademark style of using colorful fabrics, pinking shears, and zigzag stitches with patterned and textured fabrics,...

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K. Joy Ballard Peters meticulously designs elegant, magical, regal and unique one-of-a-kind beaded writing instruments. The fountain and ballpoint pens combine flair and practicality in a variety of colors. The traveling piece of art attracts attention every time you pull one out of the pen’s...


Painting with watercolors allows the transparency of colors to interact with the white textured paper. The paints dry very quickly, requiring one to work as quickly and move from light colored areas to dark tones, unlike the oil or acrylic media. The mixing of colors takes place on palette pans...

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The beaded safety pin jewelry has it origin in African countries like Senegal and South Africa. There are pins, necklaces and bracelets, all made from safety pins and beads, often strung on single elastic cords. There are two types of safety pin bracelets created by K. Joy Peters, all...