Aug 16

BARKING DOG MadeWithBalloons™

R-E-A-L™  (Rouse-Expand-And-Load™)  Balloon  Frames design for Keith Haring's "Barking Dog" graphic painting

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BARKING DOG MadeWithBalloons™

This is a graphic designed by Graham and Mary Queen Rouse for the 2002 International Balloons Arts Convention (IBAC).

IBAC was, for 20 years, the annual, premier international balloon convention and the precursor to the World Balloon Convention currently held every other year by Pioneer Balloon Company.

Barking Dog source painting by Keith HaringThe painting to the left by the artist Keith Haring, was the inspiration for the design above. Keith Haring was an American (USA) artist that was internationally recognized and especially influential in the 1980s.

It was  chosen by Rocky Toomey as one of a group of paintings to be reproduced with Qualatex balloons in Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames for the final night gala gallery of balloon art.

The final version (below) (9′ by 6′) that was installed for the event was a simplified version of the design above. 

Many of the “Split Apertures” that were planned for the design were sacrificed to save time.

Finished installation of Kith Haring "Barking Dog" design MadeWithBalloons and Rouse Matrix, R-E-A-L™ (Rouse-Expand-And-Load™) balloon grid frames.“Split Aperture” refers to filling an opening in the Matrix with more than one balloon so that thinner lines could be drawn and curves smoothed out. They can be very effective but do require extra materials and effort.

You may download free instructions for Split Apertures from this link.  



IBAC 2002 was a great experience and we produced some fine balloon art for the final night gala, but I do wish that we had then the knowledge, skills, balloons and tools we have today. We could have done it all so much more easily and quickly

The Conwin inflators were a great boon then and we still use them today, but the newer versions of the Split Second Dual Sizer are easier to use.

The Rouse Matrix™ we used then was in about the second generation. We are now into the “G-4”, fourth generation. RMS™ G-4 is thinner, lighter, more compact, translucent, holds balloons better, connects more easily and securely, is easy on the hands, costs less in uninflated dollars and comes in a gazillion variations (well, really only 140+, but that is still a lot).

Double-ended balloons such as Quick Link Balloons™ and Link-O-Loons™ were not available for this event. Bee bodies (#321 balloons) were available but in only one, small size and limited colors. Link-O-Loons™ were just being developed in Mexico and Australia; and Quick Link Balloons™ were still more than a decade away.


"FAST" illustration / icon for RE-A-L™ Balloon Art techniques with Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load Balloon FramesRouse “Speed Graphics” had not been developed either. 

This “FAST” technique, as we refer to it, uses strings of double-ended balloons and rolls connected balloons into adjacent openings in Rouse Matrix. With a little practice you should double or quadruple your balloon loading speed.  But, it is possible to get much faster than that as shown in this short video. 



If we had then, the advanced equipment, balloons, expandable frames and FAST techniques of today; we could easily have saved between 50% and 90% of the time we spent loading balloons. And, that would have been a lot of time saved considering the scale of the decorations for the gala.

No telling what marvelous things we might have added to the decor with all those extra man hours.

No telling what marvelous things you might add to your decor or additional profits you might add to your bank account by using these same advances in your balloon work today.

We wish you luck and recommend these resources to help you get under way:



Balloon Walls And Graphics Made Easier & Faster


— Online store for Rouse Matrix balloon frames


Graph Paper for RMS™ Banners to make designs


Conwin inflators and other equipment


Quick Link Balloons™


Link-O-Loons™(select Link-O-Loons™ under “type” in the left hand column).



"Happy 50th" JustRouseIt™. R-E-A-L™ Balloon Art, graphic MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames.
HAPPY 50TH MadeWithBalloons™



Photo of JustRouseIt™, R-E-A-L™, graphic MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames titled "how-to-create-a-custom-shaped-logo".




Mexican Sarape MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™, R-E-A-L™ BALLOON FRAMES.

.“MEXICAN SARAPE MadeWithBalloons™



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Your “Balloon Frame Rouse Matrix™, R-E-A-L™ balloon frame shapes, icon animationSuper Center™” with balloon frames in more sizes, shapes and grid patterns than anyone else in the Ballooniverse.


THANKS TO YOU for joining me this time. Do come again for more “Balloon Imagination On Display™” here at “Graphics MadeWithBalloons™ Blog.

Graham Rouse

Your Host & Editor
Rouse Technologies, LLC
Clemson, SC USA

Copyright 2015 by G.Rouse


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About the author


Graham is the owner of Rouse Technologies LLC, Clemson, SC USA.

    • He has 30+ years professional experience in the balloon industry.
    • He produces, publishes, exhibits and teaches balloon arts worldwide.
    • He has 5 patents on technologies for balloon professionals.
    • He is the creator of seminal innovations for the balloon industry:
      • (1) structuring balloon sculptures from inside
      • (2) building balloon displays with aperture frameworks
      • (3) manufacturing film balloons in connected series.
    • Graham's companies manufacture, distribute, teach and support Rouse Matrix brand, Expand-and-Load frameworks for balloons.

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