Monday, August 3, 2009

The Joy of Joy: July BJP

July is warm summer, relaxation, vacation. It's marigolds and tomatoes, blueberries and corn. It's the All Together Week. It's a joyful time. My July BJP is The Joy of Joy.

Technical Details:

July is beaded on Lacy's Stiff Stuff (as are all the others) painted with a fabric paint, but I can't remember which one.

The beads are 6/0s, 8/0s, 11/0s, 15/0s, and some bugles and hexes. I stumbled on the teardrop shaped beads in a sale bin.

Most of the piece was done in the backstitch. There is one ruffle made with bugle beads and one made with 11/0 beads. There are some stacks of 11/0s that increase in height toward the middle of the square. There is a twisted chain, a stitch that must have another name in English, since the name in Japanese was not clear to me.

The page is 2.75 inches by 2.75 inches.

I used yellow C-lon thread.

What I Was Thinking:

I was thinking about what joy meant to me. It's not loud or raucous. It's not flashy or hilarious. To me, the best kind of joy is bright and serene. It is internal. That's the difference between fun and joy. Family and friends are the best kind of joy, although they are usually fun, too.

I choose yellow beads to be sunny and cheerful. But I choose a more subdued yellow with golden tones and several pale yellows. This is a serene, internal joy, and I wanted the piece to glow.

Issues that Came Up:

As I worked on this page, I was surprised to discover what joy meant to me. And it was the beads that showed me. I expected joy to be more of a very bright yellow. Like "Whoopee, yahoo, and yay!" But it wasn't. The Joy of Joy is warm and serene and comfortable inside me. A softer golden yellow. Calmer and longer lasting.

I like this page.


a2susan said...

Marty, what a great page! I love the yellows. I find them joyful and serene at the same time. I just like looking at it, it makes me feel good.


Robin said...

I love this page and the ways the colors and flow makes me feel a serene joy... I love it that you found a color difference between fun and joy... Thank you for giving yourself and us internal joy - calm and long lasting!

Carol said...

I like this page too. Funny how joy is different to everyone. My joy is similar to yours. My color selection would have been different because yellow has a different meaning to me. Cool. As always, I love to look at your amazing beading.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

This gives me joy just to look at it. Yellow is the colour of sunshine and it's just made my day a little brighter. Thank you!

pam T said...

Oh! I LOVE this! what a cool way to discover what joy means, and that it IS a more serene feeling that comes from within. Marty, I love all your pieces. What will you be doing with them?

Margaret Sutherland said...

What a lovely piece. the colors, the flow and the thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

Plays with Needles said...

I love the idea of internal joy and the idea of warmth, and glowing like an ember. Like joy never goes out, if you tend it.

very beautiful piece Marty. Plus, I never thought to do a ruffle with bugle beads, so thank you for that tip.

I feel joy just being here. xo Susan

KV said...

This page makes the heart sing!

Kathy V in NM

GraceBeading said...

LOVE it! And I'm not a yellow person, but this page drew me right in. I really like the extreme close up too

freebird said...

I like your page a lot. Those teardrop beads are wonderful. Yellow is a happy color; I love it.