Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ballard Inspired Newspaper Dress Art

As I thumbed through my latest Ballard Designs catalog, I saw this Newspaper Dress Giclee Print. 

Newspaper Dress Giclee Print

It is a reproduction of a work by Denise Fiedler.  Very eye-catching but very pricey at $299.  I thought surely I can recreate this.  I decided to do a smaller version for now as I have no canvas. 


First, I scanned the image and resized it to fit the 25 cent thrift store plaque I had.  I cut out the pieces of the image- the sleeves, the strips of the skirt, the belt, etc. and used them to trace pages out of a magazine (for the white part  of the paper) and this old dictionary


I didn’t want to make mine exactly like the original (that would be too much like cheating) so I made mine with a plaid collar and black where the buttons go down the front.  I also used a slightly different shaped letter “O” for my belt buckle.


What do you think?   

IMG_0722 newspaper dress
                             Mine                                              Theirs
I put my mini version on a little stand.


Here it is in my livingroom. 


After doing that one, I was inspired to make one of my own design.


This project took me back to when I was younger and made all kinds of collages from magazines and photos.


I just found a dress template online, cut it out into its individual pieces and traced the shapes onto my Harper’s Bazaar.  I cut them out and glued them down to cardstock.  I decided to frame this one. 


These were so fun to make, kind of like making paper dolls.  The best part is how inexpensive this was to do.


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  1. Both of yours are fabulous...great job!

  2. Wow! YOu did such a great job. I am so impressed! Love how it looks with the other decor on your table. Love it!

  3. You did a great job. The possibilities for these are endless. Thanks for sharing. I had not seen these. ~~Sherry~~

  4. Oh wow, both are fabuous. I absolutely love them. What a great job and they are wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  5. Wow, yours is so much better! I love it and now I have an idea for my daughters room!

  6. I absolutely love this! Easy, afforable and fun. So many, many possiblities. Now I want to make one! Thank you for linking this to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  7. Both of your versions are absolutely adorable!

  8. very fun! thanks for linking up at WhipperBerry!!

    heather from WhipperBerry

  9. I like your's better. Super cute!

  10. Both are awesome, I really like the one in the frame though!I wish I had thought of it!

  11. This looks fantastic! You did a fantastic job and I love your own design!

  12. Wow! You have talent. Those look so great! laurie

  13. These are awesome! ARe you sure you weren't a fashion designer in a past life? Hope you will share wtih my Pink HIppo Party @

  14. Love the coloured one that you framed.

  15. I love that, Ballard is one of, MY MOST fav. magazines, i get so excited when i get mynew magazine in the mail.. YOU DID an Amazing job, and i too like to change things up when i copy..
    LOVE IT and a Happy Excited New Follower..
    Thanks for sharing Karryann

  16. Love them both! This has been on my knock-off-to-do-list. ;)

  17. IO would never attempt to do that. You did a remarkable job. I in fact, I like yours as well as the original. Great idea and job well done.

  18. Love your two! Better than Ballards!!

    I posted some "romance" book bundles I made today and am hoping that Pottery Barn doesn't rip me off. :) :) Mine cost nothing and can only imagine what they would charge.

  19. I like yours! Love the shirt with the swirl of the flower (?) Very cool.

    via shabby chic cottage

  20. ps. following so I can keep up with all your great ideas! Great list of posts:)

  21. oooh i luv your design and that was a great knock off...
    Luv it...
    Don't forget to link it in our linking party this week.

  22. I love it!!! I'm doing the 30 for 30 fashion challenge (an all Goodwill thrift version), so the post is so appropriate. I love your design!!!

  23. HI! I'm hosting a link up this week -- It's a Keeper Thursdays! I hope you can come over and link up!

    It's a Keeper

  24. I made a copy of your copy and I love it! Thank you so much for sharing! Check it out at:

  25. I LOVE it! I too saw that dress and I plan to make it for my daughter's room. Your's looks great, both yoru copy and your original!

  26. I am absolutely crazy about this project!!! I'd love to have you link it up to my party at Rook No. 17. It's right up my alley and I know my readers would flip for it too! Jenn

  27. You did a fantastic job. Love it, love it, love it.

  28. Great job!!!! found you on Me Making Do! :)

  29. This is so pretty!!!

    Please share this over here:

    We would love to have you join us!

  30. LOVE this!!

    Thanks for linking up!!! I featured your post in my wrap up!

  31. Too cute! I think this would make a beautiful set of notecards. Thank you for the inspiration.

  32. i too saw the glicee print in ballards catalog and thought it was so cool! i love your little mini, a perfect size for a tabletop. found you via thrifty decor chick.

  33. Adorable! I love your version!

  34. That is so adorable! And great tutorial! I would love for you to come link up with me as well if you haven't stopped by yet! Best link each month gets prizes!

  35. You made it into the finals!!!

  36. i just flipped through the same catalog the other day, and immediately, i KNEW someone out here in blogland would attempt the 'copy'.. it's awesome!! great job! :)

  37. Good job. It looks like it was a big hit. I saw someone else do this and I want to try it.