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Picture Gallery / Hippo
« on: January 25, 2021, 09:47:02 AM »
I made this over the weekend. He needs something adding from top of the mouth to the head section.

Picture Gallery / Captain Underpants
« on: January 21, 2021, 12:30:03 PM »
I saw a nice Captain Underpants by Chris Burch that I think used a Heart for his top torso.
So it inspired me to have a go, slightly changed the cloak to over his arms in
second picture. Then added some artwork.

Balloon Chit Chat / Pictures 2018
« on: January 21, 2021, 09:19:04 AM »
On Tuesday I went through all my old picture folders from 2018 and surprised myself with some
designs I had not made into Model of the Month or onto BalloonTube. I also found some I'd
like to revisit and change a little so it was a few hours well spent. I'm going to write the
designs here as I know I will lose the piece of paper I have written them down on.

Caribbean Dog
Fishing Rod
Dog and 160 Ears
Push Bike
Dove & Ring
Dress Front
Cheshire Wand

That should keep me busy for a while. I did make a couple of the designs.

Balloon Chit Chat / Zoom Balloon Workshops
« on: January 20, 2021, 03:48:29 PM »
I'm looking into running some Zoom online balloon workshops. I'm doing a couple of trial ones this week,
and if all goes OK I will then purchase the Zoom Pro and offer up to 90 minute sessions.
The plan is to have a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10 to keep it small and intimate.
Plus I think that would be a manageable number and a better learning experience,
the sessions would be £10 each and would include VAT.
You can claim this back on your yearly accounts.
If all goes to plan the first workshop will be on a Valentines Day design.
Any thoughts and comments most welcome 😁
Random picture below 😉

Balloon Chit Chat / Valentines
« on: January 17, 2021, 12:50:47 PM »
As I have been making the Roses lately I then thought we should perhaps incorporate them into a design.

The Roses thread is here if you'd like to see how they evolved,

I started off making a guy design and changed it about a little, the first one he is top heavy and too chunky.
I prefer the jacket on the taller one but his arms are too short so will make a little longer next time  ;D

Balloon Chit Chat / Poodle
« on: January 14, 2021, 03:53:53 PM »
I have just made a Poodle for the Challenge thread Danielle and I do and will post that later
but decided to try a simpler design, not to keen on the way it looks at the moment.
Definitely a works in progress, he he.

I liked the body and feet etc, it was the head structure that I struggled with.

Balloon Chit Chat / Challenge 2021
« on: January 11, 2021, 05:58:07 PM »
I have been having a tidy up of my balloon photo collection and taking a look at some
designs we would like to have a go at for the challenge thread for this year.

We are back to our old friend, Masayoshi Matsumoto for the Poodle design,
his Instagram page is,
and on Facebook,

I sent the Poodle to Danielle this afternoon and we both agreed we liked the design and would like to attempt to re-create it  ;D

This is the thread to look at the challenge for 2020,

This is the thread to look at the challenge for 2019,

Balloon Chit Chat / Heart Design
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:36:42 AM »
I was having a play with Antonio's one balloon heart design again and made some variations on a theme.

The Orange heart I believe is the one I made from Antonio's workshop, it was two tears ago now so guessing a little.
The two I made are from two balloons and double thickness.

Balloon Chit Chat / Roses
« on: January 09, 2021, 11:25:05 AM »
We were discussing Roses the other day and I mentioned I don't really have a go to Rose that I use.
So there was the next day and a half making Roses, ended up with over 15 variations on a theme.
Some had potential and some went straight to the bin  ;D

As I made so many I'm not sure in what order they were made to get to the final design.

Balloon Chit Chat / Bulldog
« on: January 05, 2021, 04:12:25 PM »
I was trying to make a Bulldog, this is face number five I think, will add the before tries as well.
It took a little while to get right and work out.

Model Of The Month / January Model of the Month (Jet Plane)
« on: December 30, 2020, 02:28:11 PM »
I have gone with the Jet as the model of the month. I first made the design way back in December 2016.
Not sue how its missed out this long on being model of the month.
I might have tweaked it a little since then but looking back at the pictures it looks very similar.

If anyone would like to help out then we have started up the "Buy Me A Coffee"
page where you can buy a coffee or two or even more if you would like.
It will all help to keep the forum running....Thanks XXxx

This is the link,
at the moment 14 people have kindly donated which is appreciated.

I keep changing the size of the wings, these ones here are 9 and 6 finger bubbles.
I will post some pictures at the end where they are 12 and 6 and then 8 and 5.
You have to choose the look you prefer.

Balloon Chit Chat / Jet Plane
« on: December 28, 2020, 11:03:07 AM »
I had to quickly make a Jet plane for a birthday celebration.
So made two variations, was not keen on the look of the nose cone for the larger Jet.
Changed it about a couple of times and still not happy.

Balloon Chit Chat / Train
« on: December 26, 2020, 12:43:33 PM »
I was thinking what would we have as Model of the Month for January and a Train came to mind.
So trying to make a simple'ish line work train that some might use.

This is how the trains came about.

Balloon Chit Chat / Love Heart
« on: December 24, 2020, 10:02:12 AM »
I first made this style of heart back at The Florida Superjam a couple of years back now.

Picture Gallery / Star
« on: December 24, 2020, 09:57:56 AM »
Sally sent me a picture of the star so we made it in 160, 260 and 350.
The 160 and 260 were both made in Red so you have to look closely.

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