From: "Inflation Sensations! Balloon Decor, Deliveries & Entertainment" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Subject: Certified Ballon Artist Curriculum Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 13:24:13 -0600 Hi! All! I am wondering if there is anybody else out there working on the Qualatex Certified Balloon Artist curriculum? I just just recieved my second test & the Design book by Gary Wells, and I am really disappointed. There is really nothing in there that didn't already know. I think the magazine Balloon Images has been more helpful to me than this, and if I didn't already know color & color principle, I could have picked that up at any graphic arts store or library. I really thought that this curriculum would be better focused on designing, creating & assembly of table & room decor, & arrangements, instead of just showing you artists renderings & photos of jobs more advanced than a starting level "aspiring" balloon artist could do just by looking with the information provided in this curriculum. I realize that this is the curriculum I must use to do the CBA, but, geesh! There has got to be something better, something more detailed & more informative out there, so I'm counting on a little helpful advice from "you all". I'm not knocking Qualatex in the least (I do however, think that the curriculum falls short and could certainly be better). I'm working really hard to develop myself & establish my business as professional balloon decorators, but, I really feel no more competent than I was the first day I opened the QBN box. I've had a couple of big jobs, that came off very nicely, but only because we used our "gut" instincts & received advice from others in the business. So...nuff of the whinin'....can anybody please recommend books & videos that will fill in the gaps left by the QBN, CBA curriculum? Also, how valuable do others on this list perceive the "CBA" to be, to you & your ability to function as a business & balloon professional? Being in Colorado, every Ballooniversity is pretty far away, though I am trying to budget for one in the next 6-12 months. BTW- I think Qualatex is just great....maybe that is why I think they could do better =-) Teri "Poppins" Michon Inflation Sensations! 1-800-763-1114 1625 N. Ellicott Hwy. Calhan, Co. 80808 firstname.lastname@example.org http://home.earthlink.net/~balloondecor/ (I am doing my own website & it is very much bare bones at this time...so bear with me & check back often to see the changes!) Relocating to the New England Area, Spring 99! I am establishing a web-based nationwide referral service/business network for balloon decorators, Bouquets & Delivery & Entertainers-contact me if you would like to be considered & receive information as I develop it..