Urban Street Art

With new urban art pieces being installed along the Art Trail in St. Anne’s on the Sea, I thought I would join in and create my own piece. I know Lisca loves street art so I hope she enjoys this post and I would also like to thank Rike who was the first to introduce me to a technique using a straw which inspired part of my design. I’m also pleased to join the lovely Gill who is hosting the “Elegance and Grunge” theme over at Art Journal Journey.

I started by covering the page with Pébéo white gesso using a craft knife to create texture, then while the gesso was drying I added the blue circles by dipping a cardboard tube into Aquamarine water colour paint by Winsor & Newton and applying it to the page. Next came the technique inspired by Rike, I dripped a grey and a blue water colour paint on my page then blew the paint with a straw to create drip lines and starbursts, I really enjoyed doing this, it was great fun.  I repeated all of these techniques a couple more times to build up the paint layers and textures until I got the look I wanted. Then I added some paint splatters using the same water colour paints and a paintbrush. Using black Archival Ink I stamped a frame onto the page and the little girl with her balloon onto a piece of grey paper from a Design Pad, both the stamps and paper are by Craft Sensations. I backed the grey paper image with a piece of card, cut it to match the inside of the stamped frame, edged it with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck it onto the page using a UHU Stic. To finish I added motivational wording which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel.

The St Anne’s Back West Art Trail is a series of urban street art installations along a back street in St. Anne’s on the Sea and this week we had 4 new additions displayed. The aim for this year is have up to 20 similar art works on display all over the town and there is talk of an Urban Arts Festival too. The photo is of a 12ft x 12ft piece by specialist urban artists Hayley Garner and Joy Gilleard, known together as Nomad Clan; it pays homage to the town’s history as well as the children and dogs that enjoy this seaside town.

The local stores who have access to the back of their buildings in this street also have art installations – my favourite is the bright green arch of Apple Bikes which was stenciled onto the wall itself.

Some storefronts are based on the street too, this pink building is a yoga studio, and features a bear looking out across the mountains.

This new installation of a whale by Nomad Clan is one of my favourites, isn’t it beautiful!

This abstract creation is by Catch-22 Art.

This warrior by Seca One Art looks like a futuristic avenger to me.

We also spotted this tribute to a local band on the bottom of a door.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Ultramarine, Payne’s Gray, Colbalt Blue)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Travel Memories 154898)
  • Card
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Motivate #ROY-150 Rub-on)
  • Cardboard tube
  • Straw
  • UHU Stic

38 thoughts on “Urban Street Art

  1. Its an awesome page and I love how you created the background.
    The street art is great, you are lucky to live close by. These artists are so talented to create art that fits into the surrounding areas.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thank you Yvonne! It was a fun page to create 🙂 . We had a lovely walk too, firstly to and around town to see the new artwork and then back along the sea front 🙂 . We also found out that the artists actually completed the new pieces in a weekend – amazing! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 🙂


  2. Oh I love LOVE your post so very much Jo 🙂 Thanks so much for the gorgeous and grungy AJJ page – your splats and splodges are fab!
    As far as I’m aware we only have a couple of art pieces on our sea front – and definitely could do with more… how lucky you are having those in your town and more coming – they are fantastic and if that urban arts fest happens I won’t want to miss that post ( as I’m sure you’ll be there with your camera 🙂 )
    Thanks so much for the lovely comments form your visit yesterday
    – hope you have a wonderful day.
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks very much Gill! You know me too well, I will definitely be there with my camera if the Festival goes ahead … lol! I loved seeing the new art installations in the town, it brings new life to the back streets and a few more businesses have open up along there too which is great for the town! You are very welcome, I love seeing your art creations and the new theme at AJJ is such fun 🙂 . Wishing you a wonderful day too and Happy Weekend! J 🙂


  3. COOL street art Jo. Your piece could be street art too. Love the straw effect. You and Valerie both had similar images on your latest posts. Nice choice. They do saw great minds think alike. Have a fabulous weekend. .Hugs-Erika

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  4. The straw technique is a great effect. I enjoyed reading the process you used to create your journal page. The street art is fun and fabulous, and your journal page would look great on a building, too.

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  5. Thanks for your visit Jo and I have to thank Elizabeth for the referral 🙂
    You have a lovely blog, and I enjoyed seeing the murals you showed in this post. The whale is beautiful, also my favourite!

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  6. Cool, I like your first piece! I admire people with such creativity and intuition.
    From your way of picturing these artworks I can learn a lot. Always when I take pictures of Street Art, I am not satisfied with the angle, exposure to light or the sourroundings. Do you have some beginner Tips you might want to share?

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    • Thanks, that is very kind of you! I am by no means an expert on taking photos, but if it helps, when I started taking photos I always used to take the subject 3 different ways so I could see what angles etc worked best, I usually got one photo I liked and with practice it becomes more instinctive. I also find for taking shots such as these you are often limited for space e.g. how far you can move away from the subject etc, so I try to keep the camera angle as parallel to the wall as possible and take a wide shot so I can straighten and crop in photo editing software. Hope this proves helpful. Nice to meet you and have a great week! J 😊

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