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Balloon twisting has been just as exciting a journey for me as face painting. Slightly more than a year back, I didn’t even know the technical name of balloon twisting was called balloon sculpting, hence the name of this blog.
I won’t deny it’s tough to twist balloons. Balloon sculpting definitely helps you work out a sweat compared to face painting. So far, a year of being a wannabe balloon sculptor who is really a face painter in disguise has been pretty fun too. I must say that the other experienced balloon sculptors in the team are way better.
The balloon sculptures below are my baby steps towards injecting a bit more creativity. Mom says I’m insane because I dare to try something I’ve never done before. I secretly know she is excited to tag along or have a hand in the balloons too. Guess we both love novelties. When we get home from a balloon decoration gig, Mom always has twice the energy to narrate to Dad on her adventure in full animation. If you read far down enough, you’ll find out I launched Happier Singapore on 3 April 2013, to celebrate my mom’s birthday and parents’ anniversary.
On Valentine’s, we received a special order for a despicably cute surprise. We found a way to sculpt the balloons in a way you can easily tell who each balloon sculpture was. And the client’s friend ended up adding a Kitty Inspired Princess balloon sculpture as well. We ninja-ed our way into their girl friends’ offices and planted the Valentine balloons on their desks over lunch hour.
Then we had another fun request for animal balloon decorations to tie in with our client’s River Safari promotion. So we decked the tables with a lion, zebra, pink bird and elephant balloon sculpture…
Twisted some slithery balloon snakes on the chairs…
And left the cheeky balloon giraffe and monkey to lure the kids in from the doorway.
Donovan’s mommy asked us for ideas on for his baby 1st month party. She booked a couple of other services with us, so to thank her for that, we put in extra effort for her balloon decorations. Here’s our balloon twisting ideation process. From paper to reality. There wasn’t much space indoors so we settled for a miniature sesame street inspired balloon arch with the cute characters sitting in carriages.
And here’s a customized balloon arch we setup for Cold Storage Kids Run 2014 fun pack collection. Did you know Cold Storage has a mascot? Here’s how we turned Appleton into a giant balloon arch. Photo credits of the original Appleton mascot to mommy blogger, Delphine.
Then Easter arrived in April and we twisted some Easter bunny balloon decorations. Have you ever wondered why bunnies came out of Easter eggs and not chicks? We decked the place with chubby balloon bunnies and polka dot balloon easter egg baskets in happy rainbow colors.
And the next Mother’s Day balloon sculptures, we dedicate to all the mommies reading our little blog. Balloon sculptures of a mother carrying her baby, MOM in 3D balloon alphabets, balloon roses and a super huge puffy balloon heart.
Not forgetting to all the daddies reading this too, you’re a rarity of sorts to be planning your child’s party! Hope you had an awesome Father’s Day this June. We dedicate this Father’s Day balloon sculpture to you. A vintage Volkswagen combi car balloon sculpture with a twist. We weaved in our client’s corporate colors and their balloon decorations doubled up as a pretty interesting photobooth prop for their retro-themed roadshow.
I think you would have already guessed by now which is the one design we’ve got the most requests for.
And I just wanna share a happy piece of personal news to end off our first blog post on balloon twisting, JS and I are getting married this 18 October 2014. Nonetheless, you’ll be glad to know the rest of the happier team will still be around to celebrate your parties and special occasions while I’m caught up with the preparations.
Hope our balloon decorations put a smile on your face today. We’re looking forward to paint and twist something fun at your next party.
Original post on Alicia’s personal blog:
The number of enquiries for face painting and balloon sculpting have been growing slowly but steadily since January. And finally, on my mom’s birthday this 3rd April, I set up my first company, Happier Singapore!
All my closest friends and sister have joined forces in spreading our love for face painting and balloon twisting. It was actually pretty fun to start building a team proper! So here are some milestones documenting the baby steps to where we are now!
Here are my besties after their first face painting workshop! We have learnt how to make basic lines and shapes with our brushes.
Here are they again after the second workshop! We have learnt how to put basic lines and shapes into a picture!
Finally, I brought them for some on-the-job training! Pretty impressive job on the little pretty girls huh?
I have been doing my homework as well. See kids? If you want to be good in anything, you must do your homework! Even magic comes from practice.
And of course, nothing is like trying out the designs on cute curly-haired live models!
I totally love it when the daddies are so super spontaneous! They’ll do anything to make their little ones happy. Including painting their face after their toddler’s shoe or tattooing a talking snake over their mouth.
Going on to balloon sculpting, this was the very first unicorn design I came up with! The proportions came out kinda funny but I’ve tweaked the design now.
And then, I got excited and started making a whole balloon zoo!
Sometimes, I use balloons for some simple party games and then recycle the game props into wearable fairy wings for the birthday princess too!
The beauty of balloon sculpting is that it is still possible to send the kids a personalized balloon doll even if we can’t be there for their parties at times.
Finally, here’s Chris and me balloon twisting our Labour Day holiday away at OCBC Ion Orchard yesterday!
So overall, Year 2013 has been treating me very well. I am especially heartened by clients who feed me so well during my gigs.
I do apologize for the times I leave the slice of cake untouched or have to rush off to another event immediately! Even as I pause to take a bite of cake or sip of water, I’m feeling so bad having the children standing in line for me to grant their wishes! Still, I really really appreciate it when the boss at OCBC insists I take a break to eat chicken rice and drink OCBC mineral water. Thank you for the power-up!
I might not get a chance to blog again too soon, but you can still find out what we are gonna be up to this weekend on Facebook!
Whether you’re planning for a party or you’re just simply mesmerized with the magic of face paint and balloons, drop me an SMS at 8128 2005 if you’d like us to entertain your guests or set up a workshop for you and your family & friends.
Hope to paint and twist for you soon!
P.S. I found a pic of my younger sis’s first ever balloon sculpture. Mr Egg Head looked pretty hilarious doesn’t he?