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Ballard Designs Inspired; Snowbirds & Blossoms Tutorial

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17.10.11

I thought it about time I shared a little art project I’ve been working on as a request from my sister. It’s a a certain painting she’s been drooling over from Ballard Designs for years now, every time she see it she mentions how I should paint it for her but inevitably one thing has led to the next and well I’ve been putting it off for years. Then I saw it Pinned it on Pinterest which meant the it was on like Donkey Kong. Finally it’s finished and ready to go.

It was a super simply Art project inspired by the Snowbirds and Blossom painting for sale on Ballard Designs website seen in the image below. It’s such and pretty painting and the background looks just like falling snow.

image via Ballard Designs

The  total price for the entire project was approximately  $35.00 using a 40% off coupon for the canvas at Michael’s. You can download a printable materials list here to paint your own Ballard Designs inspired Snowbirds and Blossoms painting.

Now let’s get to the fun part.

Paint the entire background of your canvas in 2 coats of silver paint and let dry. I used Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint in Silver which I had on hand but you could easily use regular silver craft paint.

Once dry click here to print the tree outline.  It’s sized to accommodate a 24 x 24 inch canvas and will print out on 9 sheets of regular paper. You can then piece together the sketch to transfer onto your canvas using your carbon transfer paper.

Starting with the gray and white and cream background. Use the eraser end of a new pencil and dip the eraser into a bit of Pewter Grey paintand randomly dot the entire background of the canvas using a straight up and down motion.

You may want to practice a couple time on the plate to get a feel for how much paint should be on the eraser to get the size dot you want. I just dipped and dotted a approximately 3  to 4 times before reloading the eraser.  It’s basically a process of dip, dot, dot dot, repeat. This will give an added dimension as each of the dots will be slightly different in size and opacity as the one before. Keep dipping and dotting until you have a random gray dots all over the background area of your canvas, don’t worry about completely covering the entire background with dots as this is only the first layer.

Next do the same thing all over again with Unbleached Titanium White filling in randomly the areas that don’t have coverage, then you’ll do the same with Butter Cream and finally a layer of Titanium White.  Once that is complete stand back and look to see how well the silver background has  been covered. You’ll want most of your silver background to be covered and you can go back and dot till your hearts content.

Once your happy with how it looks it is on to the leafy part of your tree…and you guessed it, more dots. The only difference between this part and the background is the center of the tree.  To give the tree depth use Christmas Green color only in the center portions as shown in the image above.

After the Christmas green color you add the Fresh Cut Grass, then the Kiwi and the Leaf Green in the same manner as the background was applied.  Dipping and dotting until your silver background is mostly covered. Then you’re ready for the tree truck which is dotted in the Dark Chocolate and the Coffee Latte.

 

Now this was a bit time consuming but super easy art project. I did it over the course of a number of nights watching some TV. I think it turned out just lovely and after all of that dotting I my sister has a beautiful Ballard Designs inspired hand painted painting for much less than the $449 retail price tag.

Shhh, don’t tell her but I almost want to keep it for myself.

 

Summer Stylin

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27.5.11

With Memorial weekend here and my new couch that finally arriving, Yippee! I thought it was time to dress up the walls with some Summer spirit in mind.

I mainly used stuff I already had around the house and brought it together in a new way to freshen things up a bit.

I did buy this mirror on ebay, of course it didn’t look like this when I first got it. It was my first dive into creating something similar to the most AAAmaaaazzing mirror inspiration I found on Pinterest.  I spent $10.50 for the mirror and $6.00 on paint to bring this baby to life…I’m looking forward to blogging all about the how’s and the what’s on Tuesday!

I already had this artwork that I had painted and created a tutorial for a few months ago.

And this Hydrangea arrangement I stole borrowed from my Mom’s house. Hydrangeas always say summertime to me.

And my new art project tutorial I’m working on, I propped it up here while it’s drying in between coats of paint.

I had a great time changing up my space for summer. But now, I’m off to enjoy a great long Memorial weekend!

I’ll be back Tuesday with all the nitty gritty details of my pretty-in-pink mirror, until then enjoy your weekend.

Thank you to all the men and women out there who gave their lives so we could live ours in freedom.

 

 

We’ve been “Knocked Off”!

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12.4.11

We’ve had our Ballard Design Inspired-Berry Blossom Print tutorial featured over on Knock Off Decor today! Go check it out. Knock Off Decor features all sorts of inspiring ideas based upon your favorite interior design companies like Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs and restoration hardware to name a few. It’s a great place to get inspired. Some of our favorites are:

Pottery Barn Kids — Bird Art Knockoff

Ballard Designs — Ticket Plaque Knockoff

Horchow Home — Mirrored Writing desk tutorial

…and lots more. Go check them out!

 

Pottery barn kids inspired; Easter yard stake tutorial

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30.3.11

Flipping through the pottery barn kids catalog I saw these adorable little Happy Easter and Egg Hunt signs. There’s nothing like Easter decorating to say HELLO spring! I love the muted spring colors and the vintage hand painted quality. So we decided to make our own version of the inspiring Easter decoration below and sharing the step-by-step how-to for all you DIY’ers  out there that love copy catting Pottery Barn style on a craft store budget.

image via Pottery Barn

Shopping List

4 foot piece 1 x12 Pine Board

Spray Sealer

Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint

Happy Easter Bunny sign

  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Titanium White
  • Sunny Yellow
  • Hydrangea
  • Light Lavender
  • Baby Pink
  • Coffee Latte

Egg Hunt sign

  • Hydrangea
  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Sunny Yellow
  • Titanium White
  • Light Lavender

We started by cutting down our piece of pine into 3 equal pieces 16 inches tall. This will leave you one extra piece left over to save for another project or to make a third sign.

Now paint the entire board Fresh Cut Grass for the Happy Easter sign and Hydrangea for the background. Once dry you’ll want to take some sand paper and rough up the fronts of the boards to expose some raw wood through the paint, giving your background that vintage feel, concentrate on the corners and outside edges where it would have naturally worn over time. Once you’re comfortable with the way it looks, wipe the whole piece down to remove any excess dust that resulted from sanding.

Then it’s time to transfer your drawing onto the boards. I used the sketch (attached at the bottom in pdf) and some carbon paper, laying the pattern onto the board then tracing over the pattern to transfer the design.

Then all that’s left is to fill in the sketch with your paint colors following the paintings as a guide, and finish with a spray coat of sealer. Here’s our finished version:

 

We hung ours on the wall so we added picture hardware to the back. But to use them as yard stakes you can affix stakes to the back of the board with a couple of screws.

So while Pottery Barn’s version cost $49 each for their signs we bought all our supplies for approximately $25 and still had enough wood leftover for 1 extra sign and tons of paint left over for other projects. So if you have a little time this weekend you can totally tackle this project and ring in Spring with a touch of fun!

Click link below for PDF of sketch

Easter Yard Signs sketch

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/easter-yard-stakes/popup/more-views.html

Ballard Designs; Berry Blossom Inspired Tutorial

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08.3.11

Did you ever see a piece of art and thought wow I want that, it’ll look perfect only to look at the price tag and groan. That’s exactly what I did when I saw these two.

I put my thinking cap on and devised a plan to create similar pieces for less. The originals are  Berry Blossom Giclees from Ballard Designs. I love the colors in these prints but with a$369 price tag for two,  I knew they weren’t an option for my budget bathroom makeover.

Below is a shot of the art I created taking inspiration from the prints above. This art project was easy to paint and will add much needed style and color to our budget bathroom reno, I love the way they turned out.

Tools and Materials

2.  8×10 open back frames

2. 8 x 10 Canvas boards

Carbon Paper

Paint Brushes

Paints (outlined below)

Instructions

Step 1. Paint the entire canvas with 2 background coats of a neutral background color. Wait for the background to dry according to the directions on the tube.

Step 2. Using the sketch outline trace over outline with a piece of  graphite transfer paper onto the canvas board. Sketch outline is attached at the bottom of the post.

Step 3. Now we’re all ready to paint. I started with the dots that make up a subtle design of the swirls and leaves. I used the acrylic paint for the background because it dries quickly and allows you to start painting the main part of the picture sooner than if you were to use the water based oils that I used for the rest of the piece. The dots that make up the swirl design were painted Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue to match my newly redecorated room. They are highlighted in blue below:

Step 4 Next up are the dots that make up the subtle leaf design. I painted them in silver acrylic paint. Those dots are highlighted in pink below.

Once all of that dries you can start the main portion of the picture. I’ve created a paint-by-number guide below and 2 paint type options.

Paint Options

I used Winsor & Newton water mixable oil paints for this project which I happened to have  on hand, but you can use any paints you like. I particularly like the idea of using those sample jars of paints  like Martha Stewart’s that Home Depot carries  you can get them in any color, they’re reasonable priced and unlike artist paints there is no mixing required.

Option #1—Artist paints ( I used Winson & Newton water mixable oil paints)

Background—Liquitex Basics, Acrylic Unbleached titanium white

Background Swirl Dots—Newburyportblue by Benjamin Moore (same color I plan to paint my room)

Background Leaf Pattern—Liquitex Metallic Silver

Winsor & Newton Oil Soluable Water paints (according to paint-by-number guide above)

  1. Mix Permanent Sap Green & Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  2. Mix Alizarin Crimson & Magenta
  3. Mixture number 2 plus Titanium White
  4. Dioxazine Purple & Magenta
  5. Permanent Sap Green & White
  6. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna & Titanium White
  7. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna
  8. Raw Sienna & Titanium White
  9. Cadmium Yellow (pale hue)
Option #2  Martha Stewart’s paint samples (no mixing option)

Background—Glass of Milk

Background Swirl Dots—Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue (same color I plan to paint my room)

Background Leaf Pattern—Mirror by Martha Stewart Living

  1. Caper Berry
  2. Beet
  3. Larkspur
  4. Plum Wine
  5. Rhododendron Leaf
  6. Shortbread
  7. Burlap
  8. Toasted Marshmallow
  9. Burl

Tip: While the paint is still wet dry brush the area with some white paint  to add highlights.

Click link below for PDF of sketch
Sketch outline

Happy painting everyone! Please let me know if you tried this and how it turns out.

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

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