THREE TIPS FROM A SPORTS JERSEY MadeWithBalloons™

 

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Round balloons in square holes leave noticeable gaps.

Round balloons in square holes leave noticeable gaps.

Round balloons in square holes leave noticeable gaps.

The gaps are significantly smaller when you load round balloons into hexagons instead of squares. There are many reasons, however, square grids could be your choice as they were for Adriana Sedlak in this display.

You could have some special effect in mind for those gaps, but generally, you will cover them. On occasion, however, budget, limited supplies, limited manpower, etc. might leave you short of what you need to fill all those gaps.

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WHAT TO DO?  THREE TIPS:

Center of the sports jersey MadeWithBalloons™(1)  Focus your attention where you want the visitors to focus theirs. Invest most of your time, material, etc.on the center of attention for the guests.  In this case that is the sports jersey. Fill in the gaps first on the jersey design itself, then on the background around it and then on the peripheral areas.

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(2)  Set the peripheral displays at an angle to most of the audience rather than directly facing them.  Notice how the angle of the blue wall on the right causes gaps between balloons to be hidden.

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cover gaps with other materials than balloons.(3)  Fill the gaps with other decorative materials than round balloons. It is not clear in the photo above, but it appears that some white material has been squeezed between balloons and across many gaps on the right hand, blue panel.

You might use long balloons or ribbon or even colorful water hose that could be installed quickly but later salvaged for reuse as water hose.

Try plugging the gaps with round or square cut outs from foam board to which you have applied decorative treatments.  For instance, you might cover your plug with the logo of the team or photos of various team members or paper prints like wallpaper or gift wrapping paper to match the theme of the event. 

If you want to economize, but still keep it balloony, then cover the plugs with stretched balloons. You may reuse them many times.

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LEARN MORE about producing your own graphics, walls, backdrops, etc #MadeWithBalloons at RouseED #BalloonGrids Seminars. Get general information and details at http://JustRouseIt.com/RED 

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LION IN THE FOREST MadeWithBalloons™

Photo of Lion In The Forest mural MadeWithBalloons™

Logo of Graphics MadeWithBalloon™ web sitesI like this lion in the forest posted by Hortênsia RiccioThere is the drama of the lion peering out from the thick cover of trees. There is the question of whether this lion is ready to pounce upon one of the figures in front for play or for dinner.  Ordinarily I might assume it is for dinner, but this lion head looks more friendly than that.

The thick, bubbling foliage on the trees and the curly mane of the lion add to the textural variety to the piece.  The creatures in front of the wall add further to the depth of the scene without demanding a great deal of space.

I cannot tell from the photo whether the green carpet in front was brought in especially for the decor, but it does add significantly to setting the stage as “outdoors”.

Nicely Done!

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OBAMA MadeWithBalloons™

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Manon Dudziak built this strong and happy graphic MadeWithBalloons™ of USA President Barack Obama on the campaign trail. He got happy results with his election to the office of President.

Manon got happy results as well.  She made me and many more happy that she produced this piece, that she sparked balloon imaginations and that she stirred the interest of the public as well.  Congratulations Manon, on a great job at the Balloon Arts Convention Italy (BACI) 2012.

“Thanks” go also to the Italian based chain of  Balloon Express stores that sponsor this event each year. They do a great job of exhibiting world class balloon art every time.  And, they do an exceptional job of drawing the public into the event.

Here are images from the construction courtesy of contributors to the Balloon Express “TheDarkroom” collection of pictures from BACI 2012.

These are images form the construction of "Obama MadeWithBalloons™" and the rest that comes at the end.

These construction photos of “Obama MadeWithBalloons™” come from  Balloon Express “TheDarkroom” collection of photos for BACI 2012.

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PORTRAIT OF KATE MadeWithBalloons™

This portrait MadeWithBalloons™ in Rouse Matrix™ is based upon a photo of Kate Upton in Sports Illustrated, February of 2013.

This portrait MadeWithBalloons™ in Rouse Matrix™ is based upon a photo of Kate Upton in Sports Illustrated, February of 2013.

 

Logo of Graphics MadeWithBalloon™ web sitesKATE UPTON fills the cover of the February 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. This portrait MadeWithBalloons™, however, is based upon a photo inside the magazine.

Kate’s direct look and soft smile engage the reader in a friendly way that is appealing. I hope she also appeals to you in this low resolution, gray scale image #MadeWithBalloons™ #RouseMatrix™ and #RouseAPPS™ patented techniques (Learn more about RouseAPPS Techniques and ways you can use them with other brands and type #BalloonGrids at http://rouseapps.com .)

Readers with a technical interest may enjoy these details:

BALLOONS:

  • (1,044)  Black
  • ( 0631)  White
  • ( 0501)  Off White
  • ( 0214)  Light Gray
  • ( 0325)  Medium Gray
  • ( 0275)  Dark Gray
  • (2,990)  TOTAL

The scale of Kate and similar constructions will vary with the balloons used, the inflation size and, of course, the grid size.  Popular, square grids like RMS™square grids are 6″ on a side and would produce a Portrait Of Kate 33 feet tall.

Many more options are available for framing “Kate” and other graphics MadeWithBalloons™.

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RE-A-L™ illustration and logo for Rouse Expand-And-Load™ patented technology for Balloon art using Rouse Matrix ™ balloon framesRE-A-L™

(REAL) Rouse Expand-And-Load™ patented technology is the basis for the Rouse Matrix™ brand of balloon frames. 

These frames are lighter weight, more compact, more flexible,  more versatile, and lower cost than any competitive, professional brand. They come in more sizes, shapes and grid patterns. Plus they include configurations to hold  more balloon sizes, shapes and types than any other professional system.

The basic concept is quite simple: “Expand the frame & load the balloons”.

Beyond the basics, Rouse Matrix balloon frames offer additional, exclusive, proprietary technologies.  These Rouse original techniques make many forms of balloon decorating SIMPLE”, “EASY”, “FAST”, “STRONG”.

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"SIMPLE" illustration and logo for Rouse Expand-And-Load™ patented SIMPLE technology for Balloon art using Rouse Matrix ™ balloon framesSIMPLE

The RouseAPPS™ patented, “SIMPLE” way of filling out your design is to tie round balloons in pairs and then roll them into adjacent openings in the Rouse frame.

This cuts the number of balloons needed in half and greatly simplifies the planning and installation tasks compared to traditional nested garland (precision wall) techniques for building balloon graphics like Kate.

You tie only once to seal two balloons. You reach into your supply of prepared balloons only once for two balloons. When you load one balloon, the next balloon is right there and ready to load as well. Your display  requires half the number of balloons of more traditional nested garland techniques, yet you may set it up for viewing from both sides if you like.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to simplify your balloon decorating. Use it for  portraits like this one of Kate or for other terrific displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article:. Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer .

It focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase. Learn more about RouseAPPS Techniques and ways you can use them with other brands and type #BalloonGrids at http://rouseapps.com .

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS™ SIMPLE technique using RMS™ Banners.



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"EASY" illustration and logo for Rouse Expand-And-Load™ patented EASY technology for Balloon art using Rouse Matrix ™ balloon framesEASY

The Rouse patented, “EASY” way of filling out your design is to tie the neck of two, inflated, double-ended balloons together. Then tie the opposite ends together. Then push one of the pair through an appropriate opening in a balloon grid. Repeat this process until you have filled out your design.

This technique is so easy that we have had children as young as 8 years and a spunky neighbor of 94 produce great results with it.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon decorating easier when you build portraits like Kate or other terrific displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Bubbles.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase. Learn more about RouseAPPS Techniques and ways you can use them with other brands and type #BalloonGrids at http://rouseapps.com .

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS EASY technique using RMS™ Banners.

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"STRONG" illustration / icon for RE-A-L™ Balloon Art techniques with Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load Balloon FramesSTRONG

The Rouse patented, “STRONG” way of filling out your design is to tie round balloons neck to neck in pairs. Then, insert one balloon of the pair into the first balloon frame. Repeat until you whole design is filled out. Then, overlay a second and matching balloon frame. Pull each of the second balloons up and into matching openings of the second balloon frame on top.

This method is popular, because it is “forgiving” of small mistakes in centering the balloons and because it makes a display about 20 times as strong (stiff) as a comparable single layer version. It is plenty strong and light enough to suspend from above and still hold its shape. 

It also gives more volume to the display and provides a space between layers of balloons that is perfect for hiding reinforcing rods or poles if you prefer to stand it on the floor.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon displays stronger. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Layers.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids..

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase. Learn more about RouseAPPS Techniques and ways you can use them with other brands and type #BalloonGrids at http://rouseapps.com .

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS STRONG technique using RMS™ Banners.

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"FAST" illustration / icon for RE-A-L™ Balloon Art techniques with Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load Balloon FramesFAST

The Rouse patented, “FAST” way of filling out your design is to tie strings of double-ended balloons together. Load the balloons of each string into a row of adjacent openings in the balloon frame.

With a little practice, you will likely double or quadruple your loading speed. With even more practice you might approach our current world record of 52 balloons in 45 seconds. Yes, 45 seconds. That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons loaded per hour!

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system. You will speed up your balloon decorating. Read this article: Two Steps To Easier & Faster Walls, Murals and Graphics MadeWithBalloons.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase. Learn more about RouseAPPS Techniques and ways you can use them with other brands and type #BalloonGrids at http://rouseapps.com .

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS FAST technique using RMS™ Banners.

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MORE RESOURCES

  • Purchase RMS­™ square grids (6″ squares).  They are are available as “GRIDZ Soft Pak” online at http://www.bvsmall.com/gridzstore .

  • Purchase RMS™ honeycomb grid Banners for balloons inflated 4″ online at http://www.bvsmall.com/rmsbanners
  • .Purchase RMS™ honeycomb grid Builders for balloons inflated 8″ online at http://www.bvsmall.com/builder .

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Graham Rouse

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Rouse Technologies, LLC
Clemson, SC USA

Copyright 2014 by G.Rouse

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MONA LISA MadeWithBalloons™

MONA LISA MadeWithBalloons™ at the Balloon Arts Convention Italy 2012 by Alessandro Patanè & team.

MONA LISA MadeWithBalloons™ at the Balloon Arts Convention Italy 2012 by Alessandro Patanè & team.

 

GRAPHICS-madewithballoons-icon-128x128-webThis copy from the original painting in the early 1500s by Leonardo Da Vinci was built by Alessandro Patanè & team as part of the Balloon Arts Convention Italy (BACI) in 2012. It required a great deal of planning, painstaking work and thousands of balloons to produce this likeness of the original. 

You may see the original of the photo above on Alessandro’s Facebook timeline.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, known as LEONARDO DA VINCI (Vinci, 1452 - Amboise, 1519)Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa (the Joconde in French)c. 1503–06

Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa c. 1503–06.

To the right is a photo of the original painting courtesy of the Louvre Museum, in Paris, France.  It is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa (the Joconde in French)c. 1503–06. It was painted by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, known as LEONARDO DA VINCI (Vinci, 1452 – Amboise, 1519)

You may see a larger version of this picture, read more details of the painting and its history along with close up images at the Louvre site.

 The video below  gives you animated glimpses into the construction of this large balloon graphic. I think it will help you appreciate the effort and the skill required to bring it to fruition.

 

Below, you see the team that built the Mona Lisa enjoying the completed project and their award for a job well done.

And, Let me add my “Congratulations!” as well.

Construction team for Mona Lisa MadeWithBalloons™

Construction team for Mona Lisa MadeWithBalloons™ (if you have the names, please pass them on to me so I may add them here mailto: gmr@rousetech.com )

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FACE OF LINCOLN MadeWithBalloons™

"FACE OF LINCOLN " is a JustRouseIt™ portrait MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ square grid balloon frames to celebrate President's Day 2014 in the USA.

“FACE OF LINCOLN ” is a JustRouseIt™ portrait designed to be MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ square grid balloon frames to celebrate President’s Day 2014 in the USA.

 

GRAPHICS-madewithballoons-icon-128x128-webAbraham Lincoln is one of the most famous Presidents of the United States of America. He is my choice to feature on this 2014, “President’s Day” in the USA.

This version of Lincoln was designed for Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load, square grid balloon frames. It takes 3,074 balloons for this project (58 rows each 53 balloons long):

  • (1242)  Black
  • (  886)  White
  • (  309)  Off White
  • (  282)  Dark Gray
  • (  232) Light Gray
  • (  123)  Medium Gray
  • (3074)  TOTAL

The scale of Lincoln will vary with the balloons used, the inflation size and, of course, the grid size.  Popular, square grids like RMS™square grids are 6″ on a side and would produce a Face Of Lincoln 29 feet tall.

Many more options are available for framing “Lincoln” and other graphics MadeWithBalloons™.

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Illustration/icon of patented Rouse Expand-And-Load balloon framing systemRE-A-L™

(RE-A-L™) Rouse Expand-And-Load™ patented technology is the basis for the Rouse Matrix™ brand of balloon frames. 

These frames are lighter weight, more compact, more flexible,  more versatile, and lower cost than any competitive, professional brand. They come in more sizes, shapes and grid patterns. Plus they include configurations to hold  more balloon sizes, shapes and types than any other professional system.

The basic concept is quite simple: “Expand the frame & load the balloons”.

Beyond the basics, Rouse Matrix balloon frames offer additional, exclusive, proprietary technologies.  These Rouse original techniques make many forms of balloon decorating SIMPLE”, “EASY”, “FAST”, “STRONG”.

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Illustration/icon for Rouse patented  "Simple" technique for loading balloons in an aperture frameworkSIMPLE

The Rouse patented, “SIMPLE” way of filling out your design cuts the number of balloons needed in half compared to traditional nested garland (precision wall) techniques.

It greatly simplifies the planning and installation tasks  for building balloon graphics like the face of Lincoln.

The “SIMPLE” method works like this: tie round balloons in pairs and then roll them into adjacent openings in the Rouse frame.

You tie only once to seal two balloons. You reach into your supply of prepared balloons only once for two balloons. When you load one balloon, the next balloon is right there and ready to load as well. Your display  requires half the number of balloons of more traditional nested garland techniques, yet you may set it up for viewing from both sides if you like.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to simplify your balloon decorating. Use it for  portraits like this one of Lincoln or for other terrific displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article:. Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer .

It focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

Illustration/icon of Rouse patented "Easy" technique for loading balloons into aperture frameowrksEASY

The Rouse “EASY” technique is so easy that we have had children as young as 8 years and a spunky neighbor of 94 produce great results with it.

The Rouse patented, “EASY” way of filling out your design is to tie the neck of two, inflated, double-ended balloons together. Then tie the opposite ends together. Then push one of the pair through an appropriate opening in a balloon grid. Repeat this process until you have filled out your design.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon decorating easier when you build portraits like Lincoln or other terrific displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Bubbles.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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Illustration/icon of Rouse patented"STRONG" technique for loading balloons in balloon framesSTRONG

The Rouse patented, “STRONG” method of filling out your design is popular, because it is “forgiving” of small mistakes in centering the balloons as well as because it makes a display about 20 times as strong (stiff) as a comparable single layer version. It is plenty strong and light enough to suspend from above and still hold its shape.

The Rouse patented, “STRONG” way of filling out your design is to tie round balloons neck to neck in pairs. Then, insert one balloon of the pair into the first balloon frame. Repeat until you whole design is filled out. Then, overlay a second and matching balloon frame. Pull each of the second balloons up and into matching openings of the second balloon frame on top.

It also gives more volume to the display and provides a space between layers of balloons that is perfect for hiding reinforcing rods or poles if you prefer to stand it on the floor.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon displays stronger. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Layers.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids..

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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

 With a little practice, the Rouse patented, “FAST” way of filling out your design will likely double or quadruple your loading speed. With even more practice you might approach our current world record of 52 balloons in 45 seconds. Yes, 45 seconds. That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons loaded per hour!

The Rouse patented, “FAST” way of filling out your design works like this: tie strings of double-ended balloons together. Load the balloons of each string into a row of adjacent openings in the balloon frame.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system. You will speed up your balloon decorating. Read this article: Two Steps To Easier & Faster Walls, Murals and Graphics MadeWithBalloons.

The article focuses on popular RMS™ honeycomb grids, but the same principles apply to RMS™ square grids.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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MORE RESOURCES

  • Purchase RMS­™ square grids (6″ squares).  They are are available as “GRIDZ Soft Pak” online at http://www.bvsmall.com/gridzstore .

  • Purchase RMS™ honeycomb grid Banners for balloons inflated 4″ online at http://www.bvsmall.com/rmsbanners
  • .Purchase RMS™ honeycomb grid Builders for balloons inflated 8″ online at http://www.bvsmall.com/builder .

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Graham Rouse

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Rouse Technologies, LLC
Clemson, SC USA

Copyright 2014 by G.Rouse

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BALLOON WALLS AND GRAPHICS MADE EASIER AND FASTER

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.

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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

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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!

 

COMPARE

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

ON THE LEFT

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.

 

ON THE RIGHT

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.

 

HALF  TIMES  5

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.

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MAKING IT EASIER

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)     2  TIMES  EASIER  TO  HANDLE

  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.

 

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(2)     21  TIMES  EASIER TO ASSEMBLE
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.
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Speed Graphics reduces balloon elements to be installed by over 95% compared to Garland Graphics.

 

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3)     42  TIMES  EASIER  TO  ALIGN
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.

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

 

MAKING IT FASTER

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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.

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

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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.

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PRODUCTION SPEEDS

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.

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ANOTHER EXAMPLE

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 (https://www.facebook.com/johnna) or email her at johnna@52sweets.com .

OTHER GRID PATTERNS

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.

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THE BOTTOM LINE

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.

 

OPTIMIZING YOUR SKILLS

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.

 

THE FINE PRINT & THE FUTURE

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 http://graphics.madewithballoons.com, at http://www.rouseinternational.com or http://facebook.com/RouseMatrixPage 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:

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“MINNIE” ENTRANCE

“MINNIE” ENTRANCE

GRAPHICS-madewithballoons-icon-128x128-webI like this Minnie Mouse entrance from UpFest Balloons Aqb.

A stand up figure of Minnie greets the guests. Rippling ribbons of fabric mark the path from the entrance columns to the open doorway in the Minnine Mouse wall.

It looks like you will be entering through a giant greeting card imagined by Walt Disney himself.

The large balloon wall-graphic was formed with a single layer of balloons inserted into a square grid frame. The design was assembled with clean precision and with colors that were well coordinated for the theme.

I have no doubt that the bold and attractive set brought a positive response from those who passed by as well as ;those who entered in.

Congratulations, UpFest Balloons Aqb on a job well done.

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Graham Rouse
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Rouse Technologies, LLC
Clemson, SC USA

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