Illustration of Precision wall and speed graphic versions of the same tiger paw logo

These two versions of he tiger paw logo appear nearly identical, but one is much easier and faster to construct.


Rouse “Speed Graphics” is an alternative to garland (precision) wall techniques. Speed Graphics serves very well in a great many situations. It is simpler, faster and requires half the balloons.  It should be in the skill set of every balloon decorating professional.  GMR


Illustration/icon of Rouse patented "Fast" method of loading balloons in openings of grid frames for balloonsINTRODUCTION

(1)  Do you build your balloon walls and graphics with a series of balloon garlands or balloon columns placed side by side?

(2)  Would you prefer to build those walls and graphics with half the number of balloons in half the time?

If so, you are in the right place!



Here are two balloon wall/graphics that look alike.  But!  You could build the one on the right in half the time and with half the balloons.

Picture of two "Tiger Paw" balloon graphics


The “Tiger Paw” on the left was made with balloon garlands nested together (a Precision Wall).  For each balloon you see in front there is a second balloon behind it that you do not see.



The “Tiger Paw” on the RIGHT was made with double-ended balloons (like Quick Link Balloons™ or Link-O-Loons™) tied together in strings and then loaded into a Rouse Matrix framework (a Rouse Speed Graphic). There are no balloons hiding in the back, so you use only half as many balloons.



Here are five (5) ways you save:

(1)           Half as many balloons to design, plan & prepare for means
—  Fewer pages of drawings and instructions to make & follow.

(2)           Half as many balloons to buy, ship & store means
—  Less money spent on balloons, shipping & storage.

(3)           Half as many balloons to inflate, size & tie means
—  Less labor to do the job.

(4)           Half the space needed to gather, transport & display balloons means
—  More working room & fewer trips to carry balloons.

(5)           Half as many balloons to dismantle, deflate & dispose of after your event means
—  Getting finished earlier.



Rouse Speed Graphics makes your job many time easier by reducing:    1) the number of balloons;    2) the number of assembly elements;  and    3) the number of construction decisions you have to make to complete your project.



  1. 504 balloons for the Rouse Speed Graphic
  2. 1008 balloons for the Garland Wall version


Bar chart illustrating that Speed Graphics saves half the balloons of Garland Graphics.

Speed Graphics saves half the balloons of Garland Graphics.



Garland techniques use 2 times as many balloons but have 21 times as many loose pieces to deal with when it comes time to transport, keep in order and assemble your tiger paw project.

  1. 24 strings of balloons have to be prepared, kept in order and installed in proper order to build the Rouse Speed Graphic.
  2. 504 pairs of balloons have to be prepared, kept in order and installed in proper order to build the Garland (Precision) Wall.

Speed Graphics reduces balloon elements to be installed by over 95% compared to Garland Graphics.



Aligning balloons properly as you install them is critical to a successful graphics project. Each alignment decision is usually quick. When you have 42 times as many such decisions to make, however, it will slow you down and will increase the likelihood of mistakes.

A)  Rouse Speed Graphic strings  – 48 alignment decisions
There are 24 strings with 2 alignment decisions each.

1.  Put the string on the proper row.

2.  Start at the proper end.

B)  Precision Wall pairs – 2016 alignment decisions
There are 504 pairs with 4 alignment decisions each.

1.  Place each pair in the proper column.

2.  Place each pair in the proper stacking order.

3.  Properly orient balloons to the left or right side.

4.  Properly orient balloons to front or back.


Speed Graphics reduces balloon alignment decisions by over 97% compared to Garland Graphics.



1)     “HALF TIMES 5”
(above) lists five ways you save with Rouse Speed Graphics.  Each of those ways includes savings of time.  Your overall project goes faster.


2)     “MAKING IT EASIER” (above) lists three ways Rouse Speed Graphics uncomplicate your project, thereby also making it faster.

3)     ROUSE SPEED GRAPHICS employs a patented system for loading balloons in grid openings. That system makes your project go even faster.  Watch this 80 second video. It demonstrates just how exceptionally fast balloon loading CAN be with Rouse Speed Graphics.



In this video clip Eduardo Seiti Yoshikawa loads a string of 52 Link-O-Loon balloons into a Rouse Matrix Builder framework in 45 seconds.  That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons per hour!

Another decorator using Precision Wall techniques, would have to load their balloons at a rate of 8,000 balloons per hour to keep up with Eduardo since it takes twice as many balloons to make the same graphic with Precision Wall techniques.



This demonstration by Eduardo is exceptional.  We have found that rates of 1,000 to 1,500 balloons per hour for single rows of balloons is closer to a “normal” top speed.  All of our tests, however, show decorators load balloons in Rouse Builder and Banner frameworks 2 to 3 times faster when they use strings of double-ended balloons rather than pairs of round balloons.



The picture below shows a stage backdrop at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005. It was designed and built by John & Johnna Perry of Balloon Designs by Up Up & Away Balloons in Kansas City, Missouri.  I timed John working on the floor, loading a string of Link-O-Loons into this backdrop, at a rate of 1200 balloons per hour.  Rouse Speed Graphics is a technique John and Johnna continue to use to make their work go faster.  It can make your work go faster as well.

This is a stage backdrop bade with balloons and Rouse Matrix Builder frameworks at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005 by John & Johnna Perry

— Contact Johnna Wright Perry through her Facebook page ( or email her at .


We have compared Rouse Speed Graphics with the “2 Balloon Duplet Square Pack” version of Precision Walls.  We call this version the “Honeycomb” version because it displays as a hexagon grid like bee hives. There are a couple of other popular balloon patterns associated with Garland (Precision) Wall techniques.  You can read more about them in the article by Sue Marston-Weston that is linked below.




Garland Wall techniques have become popular, standard techniques since they were introduced by Steve Smith of Nashville, Tennessee in the USA a couple of decades ago.  Rouse Speed Graphics offers an easier and faster alternative.  It is an alternative that could well become the new standard.



As with any technique that is new to you, it will take a little practice to optimize your skills.  As you do get better, so will your efficiency and your profits.

Look for more blog articles, instructional posts, videos and classes for detailed training on Rouse Speed Graphics.  The basic process is straight forward, but there are tips, tricks and other details to get you to your best performance more quickly.  We look forward to sharing them with you.



Speed Graphics balloon display system is the patented invention of Graham Rouse and requires the use of Rouse authorized components.  Currently (February, 2014), in locations where USA patents apply, that means using official Rouse Matrix Systems frameworks with balloons of your choosing.  This is subject to change, so do check back here on, at or for updates.

For those of  you with a serious interest in the ins-&-outs of related Rouse technologies, here are relevant Rouse patent numbers and links to online copies of the patents:


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

Graham Rouse
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Rouse Technologies, LLC
Clemson, SC USA


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