I would be a liar if I said that part of me didn’t want to be Mia Thermopolis. In case you aren’t familiar, Mia Thermopolis is the crown Princess of Genovia. She was swept away by her grandmother Clarisse and transformed from a socially awkward wallflower into well, a princess. And a darn good one at that! But before she was swept away to her castle, she lived in a really cool firehouse turned apartment with her mother in San Francisco. Her mother is an incredibly creative artist, and she introduces Mia to balloon art. So what is balloon art? In the movie the mother daughter duo had the luxury of an entire white wall where they could tack balloons filled with different colors of paints and they proceeded to throw darts at the balloons resulting in a beautiful splattering, dripping, mess of color – and it’s absolutely amazing. Inspiration struck hard, and I decided that I absolutely must experience balloon art. This project was a really fun date for Chris and I, so I thought I would share with all of YOU how to recreate it!
What you’ll need:
-Canvas (or a T-shirt, or a blank wall, anything really!) -Water balloons -Straight Pins -Paint And that’s all! It is that easy, setting up on the other hand? I’m not going to lie, that was quite the process – but it’s well worth it in the end! Getting the paint into the balloons is harder than I anticipated. Basically all I did was squeeze all of the extra air out of the balloon before sticking the nozzle of the paint into the opening and squeezing a dollop in. After that I just blew the balloon up and tied it like any other balloon. For more splatter put less paint and more air, for more drip do the reverse. As easy as it sounds – it was a struggle. I am warning you right now do not accidentally suck in with your mouth like you would normally do in between blows. You will end up with paint in your mouth and paint is icky. Trust me. Also, this is a messy process, wear clothes that you don’t mind ruining. Once all of your balloons are tied off you are going to want to pin them into the canvas, which if you’ve got a hardback canvas like I did, is another battle in itself. I found that pinning upwards horizontally with the canvas was a lot more effective than trying to push into the canvas – it saved me a lot of struggle and the ones that I pinned inwards were a lot less prone to falling off. After that – all there is left is throwing the darts! Christopher and I didn’t actually have darts but we did have pens, and they worked. Sort of. But once we broke all of the good pens we resorted to getting up close and popping the remainder of the balloons with leftover straight pins. Overall it was a success and we were left with some pretty amazing art pieces that are one of a kind! Are you inspired? If any of you try it out post a picture on instagram and give me the link, I would LOVE to see how they turn out!