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From: "Inflation Sensations!  Balloon Decor, Deliveries & Entertainment" <balloondecor@earthlink.net>
To: <balloondeco@fooledya.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!
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