"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 modelmaker.net and Paper-Replika.com have real nice models that can be downloaded for free.