New Christmas Elf Balloon Hat

Elf Balloon Hat, balloon artist Dale Obrochta balloon instructions

The elf balloon hat is one of my favorite holiday hats to make as it is visually eye-catching, easy to make, and people love the design. If you’re a balloon artist, you have to add this to the holiday balloon designs list. Skill level I would rank the elf balloon hat as an intermediate design, … Read more

How To Identify A White Sharpie Marker

White Sharpie marker used for darwing on balloon animals

Did you know there are two types of white Sharpie markers? Can you quickly identify the difference between the two Sharpie Markers? One is an oil base marker, and the other is water-based. The paint drying times are the same time, look identical when the paint tries, and the cost is about the same. As … Read more

Bone Weave Is Great For Hiding a Pole

The bone weave is used for balloon centerpieces as a way to cover or highlight a balloon frame

I’m so tired of seeing the three balloon wrap to cover a frame or pole that I had to create a video showing a different option.  I know some people who will say, “Dale, the three balloon spiral wrap is easy, quick, and if it breaks, can be fixed instantly.”   Well, to that, I say, … Read more

2020 is the year of the virtual contract

Wording for a virtual contract for entertainers

Since the beginning of time, entertainers have worked on a pay or play theory.  I show up and play your event, and I get paid. Over time entertainers have added clauses to their contracts to protect not only the buyer but the Entertainer.  Liability coverage is addressed, cancelation clauses are added, and even the number … Read more

How To Make A Blacklight Effect Using Balloons And A Mirror

A cool effect with blacklight and neon balloon that create a cool balloon effect.

This article talks about being creative with twisting balloons and how a balloon entertainer used blacklights, neon balloons, and things he had at his disposal to make a cool social media video. Dale talks about how he came up with these ideas, along with showing you the end results.

Truth Behind Why A Balloon Stretch

PIcture of balloon animal balloon spread out uninflated

Wow, did the balloon get bigger or stretch out? Do you remember as a child inflating a balloon, and when you let the air out, the balloon stretched in width? This childhood memory is one reason why I think people assume stretching a balloon makes it easier to inflate.  I’ve seen this time-after-time at birthday … Read more

The Secret of Inspiration, where does it come from? A Balloon Artist Perspective

Balloon Animal Doggie

A crazy little TikTok song/story was the inspiration of this balloon animal design that I would have never thought of making in my life. The story goes… There once was a man with no arms, who was chased by a bunch of bees. He jumped into a lake, then climbed over two mountains were he … Read more

Making A TikTok Video, The Balloon Artist Story

TikTok-The_IntrOvert

Tap the app TikTok, and you see the wacky, off the wall, choreographed videos that use all the tricks of a small motion picture company.  Kids spend hours watching and even more time learning, memorizing, and producing these 15-second videos. I figured, what the heck, I would give it a try. To my surprise, I … Read more

Fun – Simple – Must Know – Elf Sword For The Holidays

A Fun Elf’n Sword Frustrated with kids bugging me for swords during the Christmas party, I developed this quick and easy Elf sword. It all started when I was hired to entertain kids at a company Christmas party.  Like many parties, the kids outnumbered the entertainers, and I brought in reinforcements to ensure the kids … Read more