Ricky's never been good at football, so is horrified to hear his dad has entered him and his 'make-believe' girlfriend into a family tournament.
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'I'm Ricky. I live in Bristol.
'I work as an animator, which is lucky, because I love art.'
'I live for art. I even dream of art.
'I draw... I paint...
'I make things!' Nailed it!
'I hang out with my mates -
-'Gavin, Michelle, Rich...'
'Most importantly, I make ninja moves.
'Some people call me the...'
'Today, I'll show you how to have table top fun with a tiny team.'
'We'll be going dotty with the help of some bubble wrap.'
-'And the crowd goes wild when they see this trophy-winning art.
'Because today, it's...'
It's a new day.
I'd better get my ninja on.
And my clothes.
KNOCK ON DOOR
-What are you doing?
Your mum's entered us in the Family World Cup.
It's a competition to find the best footballing family in the country.
It's tomorrow, and we're going to win!
We? Don't you remember?
I'm terrible at football!
# Here we go, here we go, here we go... #
Oi! That's my greenhouse!
And if we win the Family World Cup, we get to party with Jamie Vardy.
He's the host, and if we do win, we win £1,000.
Now you're talking! I'll get my boots!
On me head, Dad!
It's four-a-side, so bring your football-playing girlfriend.
What football-playing girlfriend?
The one you told Mum about.
Oh. That girlfriend.
Well, I guess I need to find a football-playing girlfriend.
And a ball to practise with.
Practise, practise, practise.
But how am I going to practise football in here
without wrecking the place? I know!
I'm going to make the Art Ninja flick ball game.
Got an old pizza box here.
And it's going to become my pitch.
You need some grass on it.
So I'm going to squeeze out some light green.
And a little bit of dark green.
And I'm going to paint it onto the cardboard using a sponge.
The sponge is giving the cardboard a lovely grassy texture.
Add a little bit of dark green in as well.
This just makes it look more realistic.
I need for that to dry, but I'm going to use my ninja skills.
There we go. Lovely and dry.
And the back edges are red.
And they're going to be my barriers.
Now I need to mark out the pitch.
Start with the halfway line.
And the goal line.
I'm just doing the area the other end.
The centre circle.
A little semicircle on the top of here.
Does anyone know what these are for?
I don't. I'm going to fold up my barriers.
And these barriers, I'm going to decorate with some banners
made out of old wrapping paper.
Stick them on to the edges with a glue stick.
Don't have to use wrapping paper.
You could use stickers, or packets, anything you like.
I'm using wrapping paper to hold the corners in place here.
Finished all my banners.
Now I need to make some goals.
So I've cut some strips of card here,
and I'm sticking them together with double-sided sticky tape.
The long ones are going to be the goalposts,
and the short one, the crossbar.
I've got a nifty little idea for the net.
To recycle an old fruit bag.
And stick it down with some sticky tape.
Trim it down with a pair of scissors.
Lovely. Now I need to fold this to turn it into my goal,
and then at the bottom make two little tabs that I can stick
to the pitch.
With a little bit of double-sided sticky tape,
I'm sticking down these two tabs just behind the goal line.
But football's a game of two halves, so I'm going to need another goal.
Now I've got the pitch, I need to make the players.
So I've got a couple of pieces of card here and a paperclip.
And I'm just going to put some strips of double-sided sticky tape
on the inside of this cardboard,
and then lay down my paperclip like that.
And then sandwich it between the two pieces of cardboard.
With a pen, I'm going to draw my player's body.
A red ninja shirt.
Some dark shorts.
I've cut out a picture of my face to stick on the top,
but you can personalise your players however you like.
Now for the base, I'm using an old bottle top,
and I'm going to weight it with some modelling clay.
Just going to push it in. And now, finally,
I can push the paperclip at the bottom of my player into the clay.
To play a game, I'm going to need some new signings.
So I'm going to use my ninja skills.
So, now I've got a whole squad.
Including my mystery football-playing girlfriend.
And I've used another bottle top to make the football,
but I've kept it empty.
Time for kick-off!
So, Michelle, you're in goal.
Ricky steps up to the ball.
There's a lot riding on this.
He shoots. Goal!
And the great thing about this game is when you reach full-time,
you can tidy it away.
But you don't have to make one like mine.
You can make some footballing kittens.
And these guys are playing with a ball of wool.
If football's not your game, how about a game of pool?
That's my cue to leave.
Right, time to get a ball.
This will all be worth it if we can win a grand.
Just imagine, £1,000.
Let's do delivery. Super extreme fast delivery?
KNOCK ON DOOR
Wow. That is super extreme fast delivery!
-Oh, hi, Sarah.
My amateur dramatics club got cancelled,
so I just thought I'd pop by.
Oh, what play are you doing?
Hamlet - I'm Ophelia!
Well, how do you OPHELIA about
-acting as my girlfriend in the Family World Cup?
Yeah, sorry, Ricky. I'm off football.
A terrible verruca.
Oh, is that the time? Um, I've got somewhere really important to be.
Or not to be! Bye!
Verruca, my foot!
A likely story.
Here's something that's very unlikely.
That's because it's animated.
Today for the animation, I've got a really, really big idea.
That was close!
-Don't worry, mate.
-It's just an animation.
And it's all a matter of perspective.
So, to make this animation, you'll need...
A large open space... some friends...
and a tablet or smartphone with an animation app.
And you can put it together in just three ninja moves.
Ninja move number one.
You want somebody to be big in frame, and somebody to be small.
So, they need to be different distances away from the tablet.
Do a couple of experiments to get the distance just right.
And top tip, keep the tablet as low to the floor as possible.
Ninja move number two.
It's time to start shooting.
Now, the person behind the camera has a really important role,
because they have to direct both actors, and one is miles away.
And the trick here is to make it look like the two are interacting.
Ninja move number three.
Oh, well, there is no ninja move number three.
We finished that animation ages ago!
Let's play it.
-What do you think, Rich?
-Gnarly to the max!
What do you think, Ella?
All this waiting around is sending me dotty.
Hello, I am Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Why don't you take your mind off it doing some dotty art?
Great plan! I'm going to paint a picture of hundreds of dots
using some bubble wrap.
I'm famous for lots of different types of art
with one thing in common - dots.
The dots are a symbol of the world, the cosmos.
The Earth is a dot.
You and me are dots.
I'm going to start by squeezing out some of this paint and painting it
onto the bubbly side of the bubble wrap.
I need to get a good coverage quite quickly,
because I don't want the paint to dry.
And this means I get a much cleaner spotty print.
If you're doing this at home, put paper down,
because it can get quite messy.
Great, that's a good coverage.
Now I'm going to put my paper over the top and get a print
of all the dots.
I'm going to press it down everywhere
to make sure I get a nice, even print.
Check that out!
If I'm going to make a really cool picture,
I need lots of coloured dots
on lots of different pieces of coloured paper.
So I'll just ninja some more.
There we go.
My picture's going to be made up of lots of layers,
so for that, I'm going to need a template.
So we draw one out on here.
I'm going to be drawing a football boot,
but you can draw anything you like.
Just drawing the back of the heel.
And then the underside of the sole.
And these lumpy bits here, these are the studs of my football boots.
And the tongue. I'm simplifying a lot of the shapes,
so it just makes my template easier to cut out.
I'm going to add some stripes to my boots.
And to draw a nice, straight line, I'm going to use a ruler.
Right. Now I'm going to cut that out.
For the first part of my picture, I'm going to use the whole template.
And then after that, I'm going
to cut it down into the separate shapes.
Now I'm going to draw around my template on this lovely green
and yellow spotty paper I made.
If you're worried about your pen or pencil slipping,
either tack the template to the dotted paper,
or you can draw it on the back, then it doesn't matter at all.
There we are. Now I'm going to cut my template into separate segments,
and draw around them on the different coloured dotty papers.
Those two bits are going to go onto the blue and red piece of paper.
This one, I'm going to have
the inside of the boot and the back of the heel.
And on this one, the stripes.
Now I'm going to draw around the parts that I cut out.
There we go.
Now I need to cut all of these out.
And I'm going to use my ninja skills.
Check it out!
I'm going to start assembling them on this lovely piece of
blue and white spotty card.
I'm just gluing these down with a glue stick.
I'm going to put on the studs now.
That's a lovely bit of colour contrast there, isn't it?
The red and green. The good thing about using the glue stick
is that when you push it down,
you can slide it until the positioning is just perfect.
The tongue's on. And now just the laces.
There we go. A picture made entirely of coloured dots.
And I think it's so good, it deserves a frame.
Check it out!
No football delivery yet.
Better get on with finding myself a football-playing girlfriend.
I wonder if Michelle will do it?
-But I haven't even asked you anything yet!
Last time I ended up doing you a favour, I ended up totally messy.
PHONE BEEPS Michelle? Michelle?
KNOCK ON DOOR
-I've been playing football in the park.
I won, easily.
Who were you playing against?
'Hi, Ricky! Mum here.
'Can't wait to meet your football-playing girlfriend
'and win the Family World Cup!
'But first, there's some Premier League art.
'A trophy worthy of champions.
'A football clacker you can really cheer about.
'And a massive picture to make up for the fact that you have
'all the gear and no idea.
'Bye, Ricky! See you at training!'
Amazing tekkers! You've given me an amazeballs idea.
You can be my football-playing girlfriend.
That's the ninja apprentices.
Wait here, Gav. Or should I say, Gavina?
Hi, guys. What can I help you with?
'Please can you make art from bottle tops?'
You'll need to keep a lid on your excitement, I'm afraid.
Because we're not doing that today.
'Ricky, Ricky, Ricky!'
It's Ben Shires from Match Of The Day Kickabout!
'I was wondering if you could make something out of this scarf?'
It's a bit of a woolly idea.
Hey. What have these guys got?
'Ricky, can you make art with an old cardboard tube?'
Sure I can. I choose you.
So, what are your names?
-And I'm Lily May.'
Lovely to meet you, guys. Just go and grab some stuff.
I've got a little plate of glue.
Gold and yellow paint.
Got some red paper.
And my trusty cardboard tube.
So I'm going to start by painting my tube yellow,
and I'm going to do the inside first.
Because that's just a bit easier to hold on to it.
I've been entered into a football competition.
-Do you guys like sports?
-'I like gymnastics.
'I like basketball more.'
What I'm making now has something to do with the competition.
-What do you think it could be?
Could be something along those lines.
Ah, yes. It's a trophy, but unlike any you've seen before.
OK, now I need that tube to dry.
I'm going to give it a quick ninja blow.
There we go. So,
I'm going to cut my cardboard tube into one-centimetre strips.
So, now I've cut all my little rings cut,
I'm going to start shaping them.
The first one's easy.
That's a leaf shape. Second one's pretty easy as well.
I'm just going to roll it in on itself and create a nice spiral.
I'm going to create a V.
Pretty simple. This one's going to be like a three-point star.
And I'm going to hold that together with a little bit of glue.
The final shape I'm going to need,
I'm going to cut one of the rings open and I'm going to roll it down
one way on one side, half the way.
And I'm going to turn it over and roll the other side
the opposite way.
Just experiment with your shapes.
Now, I'm going to need lots of these to make my picture.
So, I'm going to use my ninja skills.
So with all these shapes,
I'm going to start putting together my picture.
I'm just going to lay out the main leaf shapes.
And now, I'm just going to dip the ends of them in some PVA glue.
You don't need much glue,
because it is only a thin side which it sticks to.
Now I'm using the different shapes I've made to make different parts of
my picture. And they're all good for building up the image.
Now I'm going to put in my little heart shapes.
There you go.
If you guys had to play a family football match,
-what positions would you play?
Once you've filled up the main space,
you can really get going nice and quick on this.
This technique is called quilling.
Got my little S shapes.
These are going to be confetti,
because, of course, you're celebrating if you've got a trophy.
So, I've got some gold paint here.
And I'm just going to dip the end of my brush in it and dust the tops of
the shapes to give it a lovely, metallic shine.
What do you think of this?
What would you score it out of ten?
I think it's so good, it deserves a frame.
Thank you so much for your suggestion, guys.
You've been brilliant! Bye-bye!
That's strange. He normally falls over.
I'm OK, man! Greetings, dude!
You are amazing in so many ways.
Lesson number 442 to enlightenment.
Applause maker for entertainment spectacle!
Glue the lolly sticks together.
You're going to need strong glue, dude!
You need to glue buttons to both sides of your sticks.
Take a fruit punnet and cut out rectangles.
Plastics can be sharp.
Trim off the edges.
Glue on more buttons, this time to the plastic.
Stick everything together, man.
Make sure the buttons line up!
Take photograph, dude!
Then, print it out.
Cut the photos of your hands out.
And stick them on.
Lesson number 442, complete!
You are most welcome.
KNOCK ON DOOR
-It's my delivery!
-1,000 balls for the Art Ninja?
I didn't order 1,000 balls!
Oh, no. I did.
Sign here, please.
This is a disaster!
I've got 1,000 balls, Gav's my girlfriend,
and I'm still rubbish at football.
Mate! 1,000 footballs?
That's 1,000 times better than one football!
Right, keepy-uppies. One...
You're the greatest! You're Ronaldo!
You're Neymar! You're James Milner!
Here's a quick art tip. How to draw a foot.
So I'm going to start with the big toe, going to draw a straight line,
and then a curve underneath it,
for, like, the bulb of it.
And now the other toes cascade down from this one.
So, one, two, three.
And then the little one, four.
The actual sole of the foot is an arc.
And then that connects onto the heel, another curve.
And it reaches up.
And the top of the foot, sort of a curved line.
And these things reach up to make the leg.
The ankle is a little curve here.
And now I'm going to add the toenails,
just on the top of the big toe there.
And then on the other ones here.
Little eye shapes on the top of the toes.
And then a few hairs.
There you go.
Another quick art tip.
-Ready for the footy?
Oh, and who's this?
Oh, this is Gav...ina!
Delighted to meet you, Gavina.
You too, mate.
-Oh, I mean, Ricky's dad!
So, Gavina's been training me up.
Watch this. On me head!
Yes! I mean, oh, no.
Shame. Family World Cup's been cancelled.
-Jamie Vardy's been hurt.
By comments about his hair!
Oh, no. Mum will be really sad.
She loves Jamie Vardy.
And she never even got to meet Gavina.
I'd better go and tell her the bad news.
Anyway...what are we going to do about all of these balls?
I've got a pretty good idea.
Get Rich and Sarah to meet us at the stadium, and bring all these balls.
OK, Gavina. You wait here.
Thanks, man. I mean, girl.
-You all right, Rich?
-How did you know it was me?
-Because you've got pigeon toes, mate.
-I'm a robin!
-Who is this?
I like her, she's a keeper!
Actually, I'm more of a midfielder, to be honest.
OK then, team. Let's make some sporty art.
But first, better get our ninja on.
Strike a sporty pose.
All right, guys. Gav, when did you get here?
Oh, just now.
Gavina had to go, so I came instead.
-So you know what that means?
No-one wants to be your girlfriend?
No, it means you guys can help me make some art.
Go, ninja! Go, ninja!
Hey, Rich, what's that over there?
Perfect. These will be great.
Go, Art Ninja! Go, Art Ninja! Go, Art Ninja!
Go, Art Ninja!
What now, Ricks?
We're going to use all this kit to make an awesome action picture.
All right, so we're going to use these big bits of plastic,
and make ourselves a big frame.
See if you can guess what it is.
Now we're going to take these plastic bits and crisscross them.
-Yeah, if you could lay those out upside down.
-How about that?
There you go, Sarah. Got some red tops, Bristol City colours.
-From the changing rooms.
Start building a nice, big, red area over there
-with all those shirts.
And can you give me a hand with these?
-Where do you want this, then?
-I want you to lay that down the long length
And we're going to use the black rope as a kind of outline.
-That's it, Sarah. Pour out those balls.
That's it. And you're going to be making some very important circles.
-Sarah, there's a little bit more yellow here.
And then a couple of bits here like that,
because it just breaks up the white and gives it a bit of texture.
Makes it look kind of dirty and gritty.
-That's the boot done.
This is going to be epic.
Only one thing's missing. Go on, Gav, in you go.
That's it, lay down about there.
Now time for the finishing touch.
Right, reach out for it.
There we go, mate. And the crowd goes wild!
-Check it out.
I only wish there was a football commentator here
to mark the occasion.
-Well, there you go. It's art worthy of the World Cup.
They've got to be pleased with that.
Job done. Victory dance?
OK. I think I've done my metatarsal.
We may not have won £1,000, but we did put 1,000 balls to good use.
Today has taught me a valuable Art Ninja lesson.
Making art with footballs - better than winning the match.
Pretending you've got a girlfriend?
Now, that comes with a catch.
Gav's great at football, but not such a great girlfriend.
I'm glad I don't have to see Gavina again.
Who's got the best hair?
Ricky's never been good at football, so is horrified to hear his dad has entered him and his 'make-believe' girlfriend into a family tournament. Ricky makes a 'Flickball game' and a dotty football boot inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama before persuading a reluctant Gavin to don a wig and pass as his sweetheart. But how will Ricky turn a thousand balls he's accidentally ordered online into some striking art on the pitch?