No Ball Games

This page is influenced by Street Art and childhood! You may recognise the “No ball games” images that I used as part of my design; they are from a Banksy artwork which can be found in Bristol. This image came from a magazine and I thought it would be fun to create a page using it as we had recently seen some amazing street art in Blackpool (grin!).

As this page links to childhood, it is also a reminder that there is still a week left to join our Childhood challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be great to see you there!

I started by spraying After Midnight Dylusions Spray Ink onto the page and pulling the ink with a metal tool out from the centre to create spikes of colour so the circles look like they are moving round. Next I picked up some of the Dylusions Spray using a blending tool and applied it along the edges of the page creating a border. I also splattered the page and drew some blue dots using a paintbrush with the spray, then I coloured the centre of the dots using a dark blue and a white Uni Posca paint pen. When the spray was dry, I added the green squares using a stencil from Creative Expressions and Vivid Lime Green Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint which I applied with a palette knife and then left to dry overnight. Next I stamped an alphabet stamp from Kaisercraft onto the page to link the blue areas that I had covered with the spray using black Archival Ink. I ripped the Banksy magazine image into pieces and stuck them onto some recycled white card using Liquitex matte gel medium; I did this because I wanted to frame the images so they stood out more from the background and also to prevent the Dylusions Spray Ink which reactivates when wet seeping into the image. When the gel medium was dry, I ripped the white card leaving a border around the image and stuck them onto the page using a UHU Stic, then I outlined them all using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and also a white Uni Posca paint pen which activated the Dylusions Spray Ink and turned light blue which I like. The green balls are created from the leftover green background from the Banksy magazine image; I stamped the circles using black Archival Ink and the spray bottle lid and then cut them out of the paper. I stamped some Titanium White Liquitex Ink onto the page using the spray bottle lid to create a border for the green circles which I stuck in place using a UHU Stic. To finish, I stamped black Archival Ink over the top of the green circles again to define the outline and added further detail using a white Uni Posca paint pen and a black Uni Pin marker.

No Ball Games – click here to see the original on the Banksy website

When I think of street art, Banksy always springs to mind, I love his pieces! Banksy is known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stencilled work and this particular one makes me smile as it challenges the status quo and could even encourage children to play ball games despite the sign. The signage was introduced in housing estates built after the war to discourage anti-social behaviour; however they are now often ignored and have been removed as they are not deemed appropriate in today’s society.

I’m sharing some more street art from Blackpool that can be found on the side of the Winter Gardens, you may remember me showing other art murals on a previous post that are displayed alongside these. I love these two particular images the first one is of the beautiful owl and ….

… then there is this amazing bear and girl, both of which inspired my page. Here are some more murals that can be found alongside them:



Did you notice the takeaway coffee cup on one of the photos? It’s on the last one just sticking out of the cardboard box (grin!), so as T Stands for Tuesday I’m joining the rest of the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Yvonne from Meggy’s way, who is hosting A World of Fantasy challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my No ball games street art page.

As this page includes circles, I’m also joining the Circles challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

With my circles and dots going round and round, I’m also joining the Going Round & Round challenge over at The Artistic Stamper too.

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:

  • Ranger Dylusions Spray Ink (After Midnight)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green)
  • Liquitex ink! (Titanium White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White, Dark Blue)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Mini Squares CEMSSQUARE)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Alphabet CS887)
  • Old Magazine
  • Recycled white card
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

29 thoughts on “No Ball Games

  1. A fabulous page Jo. I love how you were inspired by the street art and Banksy.
    I loved the photos you shared of the wall art, it must be good to see them for real.
    Children playing in open spaces is a joyful sight, they have fun and get into the fresh air, I am so pleased it seems a thing from the past that some areas didn’t allow them to play., there was an area in our village with one of those notices, long gone thank goodness.
    Thank you for this awesome journal page for my AJJ theme Jo and Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. That is a cool page Jo. I love that blue. It is an amazing color and makes the background so lively. Perfect for your page theme. And that street art is amazing too. Wow- they look like museum art. Hope you had a great visit with your friends. 🙂 And happy T day too. hugs-Erika

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  3. What a fabulous page Jo. I so love how you were inspired by the wonderful street art and by Banksy. I also loved the photos you shared of the street art , thank you very much for shairng!
    Thank you for this amazing journal page for the AJJ theme Jo and for Moo Mania & More! So much appreciated ! Happy T day and Try It On Tuesday wishes.
    Have a great rest of the week!
    I am laying in bed with a nasty angina – so no new pages and postings from me. Have to get well soon as I want to celebrate my father’s Birthday at the weekend!

    Hugs, Susi

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  4. wow, what a blue!! just my taste:) great journaling page! banksy also is one of my streetart heroes. i wish i could see these other murals in person! how gorgeous. thanks for sharing the fun!
    happy t-day:) xox

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  5. I can see the influence of the bear and girl street art in your “no ball games” page, Jo. Great childhood theme page. I remember all the “don’ts” we had as children. Some were good and kept us safe. Some were just meant to maintain adult peace and order. Like “Children should be seen and not heard.” lol

    For the life of me, I can’t see the take-out coffee box. Maybe I just don’t know what they look like in the UK (grin!).

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  6. I’m finally back online. I’m sorry I wasn’t here sooner, because I take my hosting duties seriously. I have always loved Banksy. You did a great job interpreting that street art, too. I had NO idea about the back story on the No Ball Games. It all made sense once you explained it. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

    I had to check twice to see the take out cup in the last street art photo. That was VERY clever, and the type of T day art I love to see, too. Thanks for sharing it with us for T this Tuesday.

    Are you ready to show your washi tapes next week? I suspect you will put mine to shame.


  7. As always Jo your ArtJournal page is lovely. I think i have heard the name Banksy before but i’ve never seen his artwork. Thanks so much for sharing some here this week. Happy Belated T day i’m afraid…. Its one of THOSE weeks.. lol Hugs! deb

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  8. Fun page Jo, the use of the posca on the dylusions has given a lovely fresh colour. Great use of that magazine *No Ball Games* always brings the memory of playing two ball up the wall of the multi storey block of flats I was brought up in. There was four signs one on each side not the best place to play two ball and I was forever getting told off for doing it.. hee hee!!
    Thank you for sharing the Winter Garden Wall Art.. I really do need to see this.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  9. Wow Jo… what a groovy design, delicious textures, and fabulous details, I mean… who doesn’t love a bit of banksy!!!….a beautiful take on your wall art. I also enjoyed seeing your photos of wall art on the winter gardens walls, I am going there soon to a dancing competition, so I will look out for these and think of you and your lovely art. Thank you for sharing with The Artistic Stamper challenge. X

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