Above: My DIY version of Ballard Designs Monogram Art. $1.00 + I used extra paint supplies I already had at home.
Below: Ballard Designs original = $169.
Found on the Ballard Designs website.
Do you ever stop and think to yourself, “My house doesn’t have enough signs telling us to “EAT”? Or “RELAX” or to “ENJOY THE LITTLE THIGNS?” Same here. I always need reminders. Or even maps. One can never have enough maps. I
Well, I may be going slightly overboard with the whole “directional sign” thing in my house. But I’m not ready to let go of the trend just yet.
How I Knocked Off Ballard
Pictured below, my ORIGINAL inspiration behind my knock off project.
Ballard Designs Monogram Art. 25” x 25″ specifications. Original price = $169.00 / each. Images (above) courtesy of Ballard Designs.
So, it was time to knock off a department store, and this time it was Ballard. My husband wanted it to say “BEER”. We compromised. It will soon say “BAR”. But right now, I’ve only completed the “B” and the “A”….
I visited my local ReStore. I saw these tiles (25 of them).
After some investigation, it turns out they were for coffered ceilings for only $1 EACH! Dimensions of each tile was 24″ x 24″.So I bought all 25 of them.
Then this happened.
When life hands you unwanted coffered ceiling tiles–you make ART.
Before I spazzed out with the paintbrush, I had to figure out which font to use to reproduce these Ballard Design-inspired beauties. So I studied them. My assessment told me that Ballard Designs used “Times New Roman” fonts on the original art. So off I went…
Step 1: Tile Print Your Monogram Letter
If you’re not sure how to tile print, let’s just say this is what people do when they don’t own a Silhouette die cutter.
Or, you can visit my tile printing tutorial here. If you would like topic covered in a live class, please leave a comment below.
Let’ s use the “A” from this point forward. The B was my prototye.
Step 2: Trim & Tape Your Monogram Letter
I taped my monogram letter together with Scotch tape. I trimmed the white parts off, any excess tape and made sure it was a clean stencil…then set aside.
Step 3: Prepare the Canvas
I always try to use paint from my existing inventory. I chose a combination of water based and chalk paints to layer onto the piece. I realized that my light base coat helped to add texture to the piece as I sponged a combination of darker layers on. I kept adding darker layers until it was the hue that I wanted.
I thought I had messed up at this point. Because I asked myself “now…HOW do I make that letter WHITE?” So what you see in the picture below was my answer. My daughter thought this next step was hysterically funny.
Step 4: Sponge on the Monogram Background
I sponged on white in the shape of the A. You want varied color on your own monogram. My daughter couldn’t understand how this crazy shaped A was going to be anything like the original Ballard piece. She thought I was nuts.
Step 5: Apply Monogram Stencil with spray adhesive
Step 6: Cover Monogram with Dark Paint / Cover White Completely
Step 7: Peel Off Paper Monogram
Step 8: Add Effects
This is where I made things up as I went along. The original art had “folds” in the images. So I dipped string in paint, and applied those as additional layers to keep the item looking like the original. I just kept sponging on a combination of lighter paints like the original.
Be sure to tour all the other amazing bloggers that have been so inspiring this week with their “knock offs”. I love doing blog tours with these ladies. Enjoy!