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Hello Creative Friends,
I wanted to share with you one of the D.I.Y.  projects I did for my bedroom this past week.  I made these for the small wall space on each side of my bedroom window.  These are art pieces inspired by some Ballard Design wall pieces that I have been admiring for quite some time.  Their set of 3 Coretta Wood Fragments sell for $259.00.  If I wanted this look, I had to stop dreaming and come up with something a lot more economical.  I had been figuring in my head how to do it and then I saw where Nancy over at the Artsy Chicks Rule Blog had already done some using wood rosettes.  You can see her project here.  After seeing how nice hers turned out, I went ahead and worked on mine.

Here’s how mine turned out.  I wanted more of a plaster look than just wood so I worked with some wood putty to get the effect I wanted.

Ballard Inspired Knock Off Wood Fragments
Below are the original inspiration pieces from Ballards.

Ballard Coretta Wood Fragments

I’m not sure about you but my eyes scan every detail of the Ballard’s catalogs!

Ballard Designs Coretta Wood Fragments

I put my “fragments” together using 11 x 14 canvases, decorative wood pieces, foam board, hot glue, lots of wood putty, and paint.  My art pieces were pretty economical because I already had the canvases on hand (5 for 9.99 at Ross).  I bought two wood medallions (2.49 each at Michaels) and two laser cut decorative wood pieces (2.49 each at Michaels).  I already had the paint, foam core, and wood putty on hand as well.

Ballard Inspired Art Materials

I built up my wood pieces on the back with pieces of foam core to give my art some dimension.  I used my Circle Scissors to cut out my circles.  It wouldn’t cut quite all the way through the foam core but at least it gave me a guide to finish cutting the circles out.  I put them on with hot glue.  I ended up gluing three layers of circles on the medallions as I wanted them to stick out a little in the middle of the border pieces.

Ballard Knockoff Art Materials

Here’s a little of the detail below.  I dripped some of the wood putty into the grooves of the laser cut wood accidentally at first, but then I liked the look so I added a little more here and there.  I used the wood putty around the edges and in the grooves.  Then I textured the rest of the canvas with it.  When it dried I painted it with some “Cream in my Coffee” Valspar sample paint I had on hand.  I had to be careful with the texture so I just kind of dabbed the paint on with a sponge brush.  I could have used spray paint but I don’t like the look of canvas art done with spray paint.  To me, it just looks like a canvas sprayed with spray paint – nothing more.  I wanted these to have some character.  Next I sponged in a little bit of white craft paint intermittently all over the canvas.  I was pleased with the look when I was finished.

Ballard Inspired Wall Art

This was quite a fun project.  I guess because it went from nothing to something in very little time and I really like my “fragments” hanging in the bedroom.  Even my husband said he was, and I quote, “impressed” with them.

Thanks for stopping in!

Have a creative day,

Have a Creative Day, Julia

 

One Response to Ballard Inspired Art Pieces

  • mARTHA says:

    Beautiful and creative
    You know the show on HGTY where they have a high end room ND THE DESIGNER MIMICED THE ROOM TO LOOM ALMOST EXACTLY AS THE HIGH END AT A VERY ECONOMICAL COST.
    tHAT IS WHAT YOU JUST DID!!! “yOU DONE GOOD” lol!

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