Do you remember the first time you saw a spiral garland column, swag or an arch and the wonderful way the colours wrapped around themselves and wondered how did they do that?
|Air-Filled Entrance Arch - by Sue Bowler as featured in Sue's Balloon Decor 1 DVD|
The effects of simple balloon garlands are truly magical, both visually and profitably too!
Classic Balloon Decor is the foundation of balloon decorating. Foundations can be found in the early defining work of a discipline, and balloon decorating started with balloon garland arches, swags, columns and 'string of pearl' (SOP) arches.
'Treb Heining is the man responsible for invented the balloon garland and who first popularized professional balloon decor in the late 1970s. His vision launched a national phenomenon, and his basic design became the cornerstone of Classic Balloon Decor.'
Classic Balloon Decor is the starting blocks for decor and almost all balloon artists/decorators start here! Learning how to inflate balloons to a specific size, tying a duplet, twisting balloons into clusters and the art of adding balloons to line or framework!
Once a decorator has these mastered they can move onto more challenging projects!
Classic Balloon Decor can be used in so many ways and for so many different types of events, including weddings, corporate decor, shopping malls almost anywhere when balloons can be used on mass!
|Elegant Pearl Arches using 3' printed Qualatex balloons by Colin Stewart CBA, Canada|
|Stunning garland swags created by Jose Luthman CBA, France|
I regularly see amazing balloon work by both Colin and Jose posted on the Qualatex Facebook group, they both use classic balloon decor to the full and both have very successful balloon decorating businesses!
I asked two balloon professionals Colin Stewart and Colin Myles to describe their thoughts on Classic Balloon Decor...
"Classic Decor is the foundation of Balloon Art--- It is where we all started and where it all begins!Working in Decor we need to understand 2 Very important things: 1. Proper Sizing and 2. Packing the balloons in a Garland. These 2 features are easy to see in Classic Decor as they both Impact our work which shows in the Final Decor!It is much easier to show what I just said when you see the lines in a Classic Balloon garland...
Classic BalloonART is my "Bread and Butter" after 22 years in the Balloon industry---- we use it just about everyday!" - Colin Stewart
Classic Balloon Decor’s simplicity, flexibility an natural ability to transform large spaces into celebrations make it suitable for a broad range of events and clients. It’s relatively simple designs offers a systematic approach to construction and installation, making it quicker than many decor alternative, and more cost effective for the client as well as more profitable for you!
There are many patterns that can be created within a garland, flowers, zigzags, arrows and of course spirals, that lead the eye in a certain direction!
Ken Stillman of Balloon Masters, Las Vegas, USA - www.balloonmaster.com very generously gave 'a Christmas gift' of an amazing piece of software that he has created that will truly helps decorators in the designing process of garlands, arches, columns and so much more! Not only can you create your own designs using his software, it also gives you the pattern laid out in clusters at the base of the arch design, all the hard work done for us!
Not only can you design your own range of decor designs with this amazing software, Ken has created a Balloon Click Calculator that will tell you exactly the number of balloons you will require when working with pre determined balloon sizes... all you need to do is add in the desired length of arch!
Thank you Ken you are awesome!
If you have not already checked out this software, here is a direct link http://balloonmaster.com/theballoon/tools.html
Sculptures made from the column/garland technique are also very effective, this is simply working with clusters of different sizes and the clever positioning of colours that make these work so well! Simple balloon sculptures like these are great for theme events, quick and easy for you to make and very cost effective for the client too!
|This is such a fun Christmas Tree, full of fun and perfect of Christmas parties! Design by David de Busto, Spain|
|3 air-filled columns make this great ' Freaky Frankie'.|
|What could be more fun than these simple but very effective balloon Palm Tree's!|
Learning the basic skills in any industry is so very important, balloon decor is no exception. Once we have a good understanding of Classic BalloonART (Colin Stewarts term, which I love), there are really no boundaries to what we can create from the humble round balloon.
Yes of course we can use non-round balloons to add finer detail and accent elements as well as Microfoil shapes to re-inforce a theme, maybe a parrot in a palm tree or frond shapes or a lovely smile face. The round balloon is the equivalent of paint to a painter or clay to a potter, and thanks to Qualatex, we have the 'Very Best Balloons' to work with!
To learn more about Classic Balloon Decor enrol in the QBN program, that will guide you through the many skills to help you to build a successful balloon business.
Note: Some of the quotes and information was taken from 'A Foundation for Balloon Decor', part of the QBN program.