Ballard Designs Inspired Wall Art


Ballard Designs inspired watercolor wall art /


There is nothing I like more than a good knock off project.  And my Ballard Designs inspired wall art is no exception.   Plus, I was able to use up art supplies I already had on hand, which helps in my never ending battle to eliminate craft clutter!!



Ballard Designs inspired wall art /

The vibrant blue in Ballard Design’s Intersection Art caught my eye.  Actually, with the exception of the oyster shell chandelier, I adore everything in this eating area!!




ballard designs intersection art





Ballard Designs intersection art



Ballard’s art is brushed on paper, while I used canvas.   Their smallest print measures 25″ x 19″ ($209) and the largest frame is 41″ x 31″ for $449.   Note:  These prices are per print!


Deja vu!!  These prints are so similar to a craft project I did with my kids.  I let them dip their little cars in paint and they “drove” them on paper, creating gorgeous art !! I now realize that is why I’m so drawn to these prints!!  (I’ve actually saved way too much of their art.  If I find the “Racetrack” art, I’ll be sure to add a picture.)  😀

To get the painting party started, I first practiced on drawing paper.   I was using the paint left over from the dining room blue china cabinet, which was already diluted, so I already had my watercolor.  I practiced using craft paint brushes of various sizes, to see what effect I preferred.   No rules here!  What looks good to my eyes may look horrible to yours.  Just have fun with it, and make the design your own.



Ballard Designs inspired watercolor wall art /


When I felt like I was ready for the real thing, I dug out a four pack of 8.5 x 11 flat canvases that I had purchased from Ross for the whopping cost of $4.00.




Ballard Designs inspired wall art /

My family thinks I’m sorta sad, but I’m really happy with how the canvases turned out!!


When I looked in my stash of leftover frames (remember, the goal of this project was to use items I had on hand) I only had two frames that would work with the canvases.



Ballard Designs inspired wall art /




To keep the canvas in place, I actually duck taped it to the frame’s mat.  I guess I’m just professional like that!  😉




Ballard Designs inspired graphic watercolor wall art /



The original plan was to hang my watercolor art in the dining room.   However, as the room progressed, I went in a completely different direction.   Not to worry.  You may recall  I also have a blue china cabinet in our bathroom:




China cabinet as bathroom storage /





Painting an outdated china cabinet and using it as bathroom storage /





Ballard Designs inspired wall art /




Ballard Designs inspired watercolor wall art /



And my DIY art work looks right at home in the toity room.   I’m aware that this doesn’t necessarily make for a pretty picture, and it was next to impossible to get a shot of them hanging on the wall.  But I promise the prints do look great in person!



Ballard Designs inspired watercolor wall art /





Ballard Designs inspired watercolor wall art /


So there you have it.   My Ballard Designs inspired art work for basically the cost of a picture frame.  And if you’re like me, you always pick them up on a BOGO deal.  Sincerely hope you have a wonderful week.  Till next time, Cynthia


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16 Responses

  1. Cynthia, These turned out fabulous! I’m always looking through their catalog, as well as others, for knock-off ideas. I especially love looking at the artwork because I love painting with watercolors and sometimes acrylics. I really like what you did!

    • Thank you, Carol. I love your artwork! I’m too practical to pay retail prices for simple decor items, but catalogs are definitely a great source of inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to comment today, Cynthia

  2. Your knockoffs look fabulous, Cynthia. I have to admit I was a little disappointed not to see them hanging in your dining room but I bet they look great in your bathroom with that lovely blue china cabinet (I’m so jealous of your amazing bathroom). I hope you find your kid’s art to add to the mix.

    • Thank you, Marie. I was disappointed, as well, but once I got them on the wall next to the china cabinet, they just didn’t “speak” nice to each other. The artwork was too small and the china was too fancy/dainty looking. Thanks for noticing the bathroom. It was a LOT of work, but so worth it. Hopefully I’ll get some pics of the finished dining room real soon. I’m pretty sure you’ll like the alternative art work even better! Take care, Cynthia

  3. Wow! I can’t even get over the price for what looks like easy art to replicate. My kids are on fall break this week so I may use your ‘racetrack art’ as an activity to keep them busy. Visiting from Vintage Charm.

    • Thank you, Victoria! I hope you get to play with paint and your kids! I seem to remember the match box cars didn’t work very well, but any small car/truck with a rubber tread made an awesome design. The rubber also kept the trucks and paint from being too slippery. You can also paint with bubble wrap! They used pastel colors for that project, and I swear they looked like mini Monets! Have fun and thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  4. Ballard Designs is a big favorite of mine. You did a great job at recreating their artwork. And it looks fantastic in the bathroom with the blue china cabinet.

    • Thanks so much, Debra! I tend to get a lot of inspiration from BD, because I think their style matches our traditional home and neighborhood. I just add the fun factor with cheery pops of color. With two kids in college, retail prices aren’t very practical right now. And as you know, it’s so much more fun to create ! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  5. I like yours better! Don;t you just love it when you can create a great knock-off for SO much less $$$? Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    • Thank you, Kathleen! I like that mine are on actual canvas versus paper. I’m sure Ballard’s frames are Amazing, but for that price, they better be! LOL Plus creating is more fun than shopping any day. Hope all is well with you! Cynthia

  6. Cynthia I cannot believe they were asking these prices for simple abstract art that your children can make. You did better then good to DIY them. And I’m sure they must look fabulous in your bathroom with that fantastic cabinet.

    • Hi Mary! Well I’m sure (or hope) BD’s frames are great quality, but those prices be CRA-ZY ! LOL And thank you, they do look lovely in our bathroom. It was impossible to get a proper picture because of the wall situation 😉 . Thanks for being such a supportive friend! Take care, Cynthia

  7. That is a great knock off Cynthia! I’m loving all the cobalt furniture and decor such a gorgeous space, thanks as always fir sharing your projects at #fridaysfurniturefix

    • Thank you, Brenda! It’s much more fun to try to create something than over pay. There must be a lot of people out there with more money than sense, because Ballard’s business is successful. Thanks for being such a great host! Cynthia

  8. Ballards prices are way too high! This is a gorgeous shade of blue and your art is beautiful. Ballard should hire you. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

    • Oh Sandra, you are too sweet. Thanks for being such a gracious host each week. Hope you have a lovely weekend! Cynthia

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