Monthly Archives: March 2013

154th Balloon Sculpture, Chimpanzee

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MrBomasBalloons has a great chimpanzee tutorial on YouTube.

One thing that very much impresses me about him is that he acknowledges and give credit to other balloon artists for their contributions to his designs. In this tutorial, he based his design on Happy Cabbie’s monkey design and made some alterations.

Acknowledgment is a huge value of mine and I am so happy to see people give credit where credit is due. Have you ever said something in a group and they don’t notice but if someone else restated what you said- suddenly everyone hears it and they all praise what a great idea it is and the person restating it doesn’t give acknowledgment that it was YOUR idea but instead takes credit?!!! I HATE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my Gosh I hate that!

My intuition tells me that MrBomasBalloons would never do that and that he could probably relate so you are just all kinds of awesome MrBomasBalloons! 🙂

But I digress,lol.

Back to this tutorial,lol.

MrBomasBalloons has very cool and quick to make designs and he is a good intructor.

He is very laidback and casual.

Link to his tutorial= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txLwqnw-vNk

My replication below. I accidently forgot to put thumbs on the feet,lol. I recommend using different legs for each butt cheek as I did not and I don’t think the butt cheeks come out as centered as a result.

(FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂

 

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Kismet and Eudaimonia, How I got into Balloon Twisting

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Balloon twisting really saved my spirits and has been such a blessing to my life. It has become my Eudaimonia, my source of flow, my happiness and or well being activity.

Last summer my family and I went through what we call Armageddon, lol. Things happened right after one another and the string of bad luck was the kind of thing that proved that truth can be stranger than fiction. It was devastating.

It really felt like the universe was out to get us and we really pissed it off!

I remember one day washing my pink Care Bear Laplander hat and as I got it out of the dryer and saw it so undisturbed from the horrors that befell us and the happy face on it so in tact , I had a Batman moment.

You know when Bruce Wayne was a kid and after his parents died, he fell into that cave and saw the bats flying out and it became a symbol of his identity, so with me and the Care Bear hat, lol.

I realized that no matter what happens to me in life, that I am still going to be smiley and disgustingly colorful and joyful, lol. My purpose in life is to be a Care Bear. That is my psycho social function in the world community.

After I had solidified this sense of identity and purpose, I saw my little one watching Color Inspirations on Netflix.

There was a man making an awesome huge balloon lion on that program. I had never before seen something so complex made out of balloons. His area was filled with an awesome balloon background with trees taller than him and a sun and other things.

Bobby’s Balloon House is the name of the segment,
http://www.babyfirsttv.com/tv/program/bobby%60s-balloon-house/264

I just knew I needed to try it and it just fit my life purpose and identity so perfectly. Balloons just make people happy and it transcends culture, language, financial status, age, etc. It is a connecting phenomenon because it instantly brings out the inner child and makes one smile.

I was also mentally ready to deal with the almost Buddhist like appreciation for temporariness that is necessary when becoming a balloon twister, as you spend all those hours on making wonderful things, just for them to be popped later. Much like the monks in Tibet who make beautiful mandalas out of sand, just to be blown away.

The hell I went through was an emersive lesson in letting things go and being more detached and because of that emersion I could deal with balloon twisting. I really don’t know if I could have been so open to it otherwise.

I made the simple dog on Sept 27th of 2012 and fell completely in love with it.

It felt so natural and it was one of those moments in life where you saw the clouds part, the beam of sunlight shine down on you and you could hear an angelic chorus singing, lol. It was kismet!

I continued to make something new almost every and will do so for the rest if my life. I even started a blog about this balloon twisting journey.

People have reacted so strongly to things I have made and the thing about having a Pinkie Pie or Care Bear personality is that it doesn’t exactly engender respect. People respect craftsmanship though and so I have been able to be myself in such a way that is not looked down upon, I have skill and talent and some specialized competence. People respect that even if they may find my personailty to be a bit foolish and juvenile.  I am not a sophisticated adult, I don’t even really qualify as an adult save for my age number!

I am a homemaker and I never went to college. I actually never even had any high school education, which I really wish I had. I have never had any formal art training. This is an art where I am finding my voice and myself in a lot of ways.

I guess I owe my Balloon Twisting path to this guy,lol. Thanks Bobby!

If you would like to share your story feel free to post it in a comment below. I would love to hear from others and I encourage sharing 🙂 Tis the Care Bear Way!

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153rd Balloon Sculpture, Road Runner Parody

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Well, I actually made this a while ago but realized that I forgot to blog about it, lol.

I came across pics of it and had a funny feeling and when I checked my balloon blog index, it was no where to be found. Dun dun dun!

I learned how to make this by watching Felix Yoldi’s tutorial on YouTube.

Felix is so much fun to watch because he has such a whimsy to him.

He is an excellent instructor and goes at a very great learning pace and you know he is having fun and has playful joy with this art.

Here is the link to his tutorial=
Part 1 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmdWqHebS7w&sns=em

Part 2 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8P23Zyc9_I

Below are pics of my replication.

(FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂

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Adventures in Learning How to Edit on Youtube

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So, I needed practice editing videos on YouTube and thought this could be a helpful skill to learn especially if I want to make tutorial videos.

I found this how to edit video, video after finding others that I did not like,lol. It helped me a lot personally. I would not have even been able to practice at all without it,lol.

So my personal go at it. Warning- this is very silly, if you do not have a hyperactive sense of humor and are offended at silly things do not watch clip below and move on,lol.

I decided to use footage from my husband and our close friend, Michael, playing a Princess memory game and edit it. I condensed 19 minutes of footage down to 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

Yes that’s right! Two Men, One Princess Game, In the Name of Science! You will see it said that it is a hard game,lol. Appropriately made for children 3 years of age? You decide,lol.

This video can also help you understand and get a feel for the milieu that is my household. You may hear me laughing a little bit, lol.

As you will see I still need practice for transitioning and I want to learn how to put in captions and writing as Happy Cabby so skillfully does with his YouTube videos. I also need to make sure I record holding the Ipod differently,lol. This has been hilarious practice,lol.

Here is what this video is about.

Michael Torres wants to scientifically test if his memory has improved by playing my 4 year old daughter’s, Princess Memory Game. John Gordon humors this endeavor and their respective memories go head to head. Witness the intensity and the drama that can ensue when one attempts to play a seemingly harmless children’s game.

On a side note, when I was talking about the bias we just learned that day in the video as I was making fun, I was talking about the Self Serving Bias, which is a psychological phenom where people naturally think they are terrific and because they are terrific the good things that happen to them are due to their terrific-ness; the bad things are due to accident and misfortune. If you made an A on your college paper it is because you are smart, if you made an F it is because the professor is too hard on you or the situation was against you. I made an A, He/She gave me an F. It is related to the Lake Wobegon Effect where people see themselves as above average. People often see themselves as above average drivers, or kissers, etc. It stems from the motivation to feel good about yourself.
We all three learned this from watching a Paul Bloom psychology lecture earlier that day.

If you have any advice on video editing or have any feedback, feel free to share in a comment below. 🙂

152nd Balloon Sculpture, Big Pirate

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So, my daughter’s friend Lil had a birthday party today at Pump It Up and I just got home and had to blog about it,lol.

I made a big pirate for her and pirate hats for all the party attendees along with pirate swords.

And guess who Lil’s parents are? Patrick and Jessi, the awesome people who believed in me and asked me to make a balloon Dalek costume! See post 123 for Dalek Costume post.

Pump It Up started doing a pirate themed birthday party package so Patrick and Jessi were all over that! Pump It Up is an indoor inflatable playground. It is a ton of fun and the parents can play on everything too,lol.

I went online and looked at this pirate picture for reference.

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I used the technique I learned from making Dylan Gelinas’s, Bartleby the Leprechaun for the face and altered how you do the nose and of course the hands I used from the Leprechaun tutorial as well though with an extra finger added and a wrist. I tried to make the hat like the picture above originally but my husband didn’t like it and didn’t like the one in the picture either,lol, so I just went with the hat I learned from Andre Nolle.

For Pirate hat post see=

https://patriciaballoona.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/47th-balloon-sculpture-pirate-hat/

For Leprechaun post I refer to see=

https://patriciaballoona.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/147th-balloon-sculpture-the-dylan-gelinas-bartleby-the-leprechaun/

I made the teeth differently and I have no idea if I came up with a new technique or not,lol. I didn’t want bubbles, I wanted something more, well, teethy,lol. He has a gold tooth in his smile too. :)The parrot I just made up but borrowed heavily from what I learned from iancarlo4 with the cockatiel. There is of course an eye patch on him,lol.

I also made a peg leg out of a link-o-loon.

The belt I feel needed to be bigger on the top but I was already too twisted up with that piece to mess with it,lol.

So here is what I came up with and here is what I made for Lil’s birthday party.

People were freaking out over the balloons and that just gives me such a happy high I can’t even begin to tell you! I love seeing the wows and the jaws wide open. People’s heads were exploding with happiness! It doesn’t get better than that folks! 🙂

This is a Patricia Balloona design though it stands on the shoulders of many other balloon artists. (FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂

Enough talk, now pics!

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He ended up being on the throne,lol.

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My daughter on the right and Lil on the left.

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Lil very focused on her straw,lol.

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My daughter found the cool party favors!

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I had all the benches lined with hats and swords. There were 3 benches.

 

Look at this amazing gluten free cake Jessi got! All of this is edible! Or was edible I should say,lol.

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151st Balloon Sculpture, Hiccup The Duck

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Dylan Gelinas has a special promo going on where if you subscribe to his newsletter, you will get a free pdf tutorial of his very cute Hiccup the Duck.

His website where you find out more here, look under Store page, http://slightlytwistedballoons.com/

I found the pdf to be pretty good. He takes excellent clear pictures and that really makes it.

I unwittingly skipped a very small step that effects the look of the wings and bottom of face.

I also strayed from the deisgn in a couple places as I did not have all the materials that he suggests using and I used different sized balloons and added some black lining around the eyes. The feet I made just ever so slightly different as well. I also added a little hair like thing on the top of his head.

Again, Dylan is an excellent source for learning totally new techniques. I learned totally new approaches to sculpting from this tutorial.

Who would have ever dreamed that you could do soooo many amazing things with balloons. I am ever happily amazed!

Here is my replication.

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(FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂

150th Balloon Sculpture, Simple Cat

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Well boys and girls, after almost 6 months of balloon twisting now, I finally learned the one balloon cat, lol.

I just slightly altered Michael Floyd’s approach, the only difference being I make a pinch twist for mouth and two bubbles twisted together for muzzle.

Here is a link to his cat tutorial=
= http://youtu.be/yhjpJhyA80s

Yes, I could not face further embarrassment from the fact that I could make a balloon Dalek costume and figure it out all by myself, but I kid you not I would freeze and go blank if someone asked for a simple cat balloon, lol. I am also not an on the spot person. I need to be by myself when trying something new and I just freeze if I haven’t done something before and I am called all of a sudden to do it, I must have a memory from which to draw.

I am like Batman. Batman prepares and thinks about every possible contingency. He needs all that time to brood by himself to do that. Spider-Man is more of a think on his feet and no plans going jnto anything kind of person. He excels at playing it by ear.

Now Batman got in trouble with the Justice League because it had been found out that he had a plan prepared for how to subdue every JL member for you know, just in case. And he could totally do it too. So being a planner is nothing to sneeze at, lol.

I am so out of practice and just not experienced really at all at the really basic stuff, lol, which is the one balloon stuff.

So it looks like getting back to basics is in store for me, lol.

Below are pics of my little one balloon cat, lol,

I must away to my cave and brood and try for every possible twisting scenario, lol.

 

 

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