Thursday, November 26, 2009

"UP" Hot Air Balloon and House - Go On An Adventure


"Go On An Adventure" is my submission for the 5th Paper Mache Artisans Webshow. The theme was "Family Movies". The Hot Air Balloon was inspired by the movie "Up" by Disney-Pixar. It is one of my favorite animated films. - A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin. Written by Garfield2710

The balloon is a paper mache base covered with dozens and dozens of 1" plastic balloons. The little house is made of cardboard, paper mache and paper clay with colorful acrylic paints and a gel medium coat. The entire piece measures about 9"w x 18"h and hangs from clear heavy duty line.

Also included is a removable banner that reads "Go On An Adventure" and a wearable one-of-a-kind handmade bottle cap pin; like the one Ellie gave to Carl when they were children.

In doing research for the design and colors of the house I came across two websites; the and have real nice models that can be downloaded for free.