"Sailing Into Summer" MadeWithBalloons™ graphic by Graham and Mary Queen Rouse


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This is a delightful graphic for the Spring and Summer season.

It was originally 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.

Snapshot of the painting that inspired the "Sailing Into Summer" design MadeWithBalloons™The painting to the left, chosen by Rocky Toomey, was the inspiration for the design above. It was one of a group of paintings reproduced with balloons in Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames for the final night gala gallery of balloon art.

The final version (9′ by 12′) was installed for the event (below and to the right) was a simplified version of the design above. 

Installed version of "Sailing Into Summer" design MadeWithBalloons™Many of the “Split Apertures” were sacrificed to save time.

“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, transluscent, 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 Link-O-Loons™ and Quick Link Balloons™ were not around.  Bee bodies (#321 balloons) we 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 often 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.

You could SAIL INTO THIS SUMMER MadeWithBalloons™ and come out in the autumn with both a bigger portfolio of designs and a bigger bank balance as well.

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).





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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