ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Become a Professional Balloon Artist

Updated on March 20, 2009

Where to Start

So you've gone to lots of parties and seen the balloon maker, and you thought to yourself, I could do that, if only I knew where to start.

Well, lucky for you, you found this blog. There are a few conditions you must meet if you want to be a professional balloon artist. 1) You must like people, especially children and 2) You aren't afraid of balloons. The first is obviously self explainitory. The second, well, no matter how good you get, sometimes balloons pop. It happens.

Next you need to choose whether you would rather do balloon d├ęcor, or balloon entertainment. There are several companies whose artists crossover into both fields, but for the time being, to get started, it's easier to choose a side.

What's the difference you ask? Well, Balloon Entertainers use balloons to entertain people. These are the people that you see at parties, usually makning balloons for the kids. Balloon Decorators are usually gone by the time you get to the party, but you can see the evidence that they were there by the balloon arches and columns.

This article will primarily talk about becoming a Balloon Entertainer. Now you may be wondering, why should I become a balloon entertainer? It's a great profession. Even if you have a job that you love, balloons make people happy, what can be better than that!? Also, I can't tell you how many people I know who put themselves through college on balloons. I myself traveled all over the world making balloons. It's something that goes beyond language, culture and age.

Ok, so you want to make balloons, where should you start?

First things first, you need the right materials. Get a hand pump and a bag of balloons. The two biggest brands for reliable entertainer balloons are Qualatex and Betallatex. Any long skinny balloon could work, but some are stronger than others.

The next thing that you should do is play with the balloons to get a feel for them. Overinflate them, pop them, twist them randomly, generally abuse them- what you're doing is learning how much pressure the balloon can take. At this point, don't worry about trying to make it look like anything, just play.

Now that you have a good feel for how the properties of the balloon, it's time to learn some designs. ( In this article, I'll tell you where to go to learn some basic designs, but the actual recipes will have to wait for another article. ) There are two main styles of balloon twisting (as it's called in the industry). One balloon creations and multi balloon creations. I personally favor multi balloon creations, it allows you to get greater detail and be less concerned with having the exact amount of air in the balloon from the beginning.

Whenever I want to learn a new design, I make it three times. That's my magic number, after 3 repetitions, I own it. Your magic number may be higher, so I recommend making each new design AT LEAST 3 times before moving on to the next one.

For a beginning balloon artist, the most important designs to know (IMHO) are:

sword, dog, flower, hats, butterfly, fishingpole

With only these designs under your belt, you can make most children beam!

I will return with some recipes and step-by-step how to's, but for now here are some sources where you can order balloons, pumps and educational materials:

http://www.tmyers.com - this is one of the best balloon entertainer supply stores out there. They carry just about every book and video ever produced and have detailed explanations of what level balloon artist it is for. (They carry my videos, but I don't recommend starting with them, as I assume an intermediate knowledge base on my dvds).

http://www.balloonmerchant.com - they sell entertainer balloons and pumps, but have limited educational materials.

For general knowledge and photos http://www.balloonhq.com

And last, but not least, to see pictures of incredible events in San Diego, by San Diego's best balloon artists, check out Balloon Utopia.

One last link, for pictures of fabulous San Diego birthday parties, check out this page.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Antrina 21 months ago

      Where do u start on finding work

    • profile image

      RobertjWard 3 years ago

      I am a balloon twister going into the direction of a balloon entertanier.

    • profile image

      Reese 4 years ago

      Hard to understand. You should show how to the basics.

    • The Answer Man profile image

      Dennis Regling 4 years ago from Freeport, Ohio

      http://www.mymagicrabbit.com (Magic Marketing Co) has some great balloon twisting DVD items plus balloons, aprons, pumps and marketing materials. The place to go if you are a hobbyist or pro

    • profile image

      Leeza Chapa 4 years ago

      I would like to be a balloon decorator

    • profile image

      erica 7 years ago

      this is great information! thanks for sharing. i'm just looking into becoming a balloon artist and appreciate any and all information.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)