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FLOAT 2022 General Classes

 

All of these classes are included for free as part of your registration to FLOAT 2022!

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A+ Graduation Decor
Featuring Carolyn Truby, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


Graduation is one of the biggest seasons for balloons, so why not cash in on it? The custom decor in this class will set the scene for 2022 grad parties and beyond. From creative columns to awesome arches, your clients will love these designs from Carolyn Truby, CBA.


Back to Basics
Featuring Allison Dunning, CBA
Presented by TufTex

 
Creating simple frames for impactful designs. Waves, curves, lampposts, visual texture, why size matters and yet.. does it? Allison will be exploring visual texture and patterns,  demonstrating how size can matter to make a column flow, create curves, (framing as well as size) and waves.  The use of tulle, ribbons and alternate elements will be included as well.


Bada-Bing, Bada-Boom Your Airloonz
Featuring Melissa Vinson, CBA
Presented by Anagram

 
You’ve seen them in your distributor catalogs and “that” party store…but ever wonder how to sell Airloonz to YOUR clients?….Fuhgettaboutit! Melissa Vinson will show you how to upgrade these big beautiful balloons into instant sellers (and at a price WAY above suggested retail). This class will include tips and techniques that go way beyond the instructions that come with these balloons. And, of course, you’re gonna learn designs that your clients can’t refuse!


Balloons on Buildings
Featuring Allison Dunning, CBA
Presented by TufTex

 
With the current situation, more and more events are going outside, which means more and more people want balloons attached to structures outdoors. Allison will showcase various ”treatments” for existing columns in/on buildings.  She’ll demonstrate how to completely cover a column completely (round or square) with balloons as well as tapered garland swags, balloon flower arrangements on pillars and more.  Tools and tricks to adding balloons to urban settings &  buildings, brick, lamps, frames etc.  will also be included.


Boho Dreams
Featuring Roberta Pinto
Presented by Gemar

 
Using a decorative arch and ring, Roberta will incorporate balloons from the Gemar natural range. She will also use different techniques such as fantasy flowers with an organic technique to create the bushes & leaves that create a bohemian/nature atmosphere.


Classically Organic - From Garland to Gorgeous with Caity & Cody!
Featuring Caity Byrne, CBA, and Cody Williams, CBA
Presented by Betallic

 
How do you set yourself apart from the 349,324 balloon “companies” popping up every day? Highlight your work in a more spectacular way! In a market saturated with organic décor, it can be easy to get lost, but you’ll learn methods that will make it easier for you to stand out! Join Caity and Cody as they get back to the basics with classic décor elements that will place the spotlight on your organic decor! From whimsical to chic, their collection of profitable designs will have you thinking outside the box and go from garland to gorgeous with key skills they will demonstrate in class! As a bonus, you’ll learn a formula for creating pieces where you can design with exact numbers (even for organics) for inventory and ordering. Don’t miss this dynamic duo in action!

 



Cody & Caity’s Marvelous Mixed Media Madness
Featuring Caity Byrne, CBA, and Cody Williams, CBA
Presented by Betallic


Have you ever wondered how to include more intriguing texture in your designs with foils, flowers, or inflatables? Do you know that Betallic has over 80 brilliant colors of latex and they all come in a delightful variety of different sizes and different shapes for maximum creativity? Cody and Caity will take you down the mixed media rabbit hole where 660s live harmoniously with holographic foils, and 24” air-filled balloons become profitable masterpieces for a fresh, fun look for your décor. This class will not only explore out-of-the-box concepts, but important principles and elements of design theories behind them that will take your work to the highest level!


DAG Centerpiece Design
Featuring Carolyn Truby, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


Large scale events require large designs and concepts, and there’s no larger event at FLOAT than the Designer Awards Gala. So join Carolyn Truby as she shows you how to build the table decor for this prestigious event. You’ll get hands-on experience as you help dress the tables for the DAG at FLOAT 2022.


DAG Stage Decor
Featuring Federico Onida, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


There’s no bigger night at FLOAT than the Designer Awards Gala, and Federico Onida has been tapped to design the focal point of the entire evening…the stage decor! Learn how to translate an idea into an intricate wall background. Part class room, part hands on….all amazing!


Dramatic Distortion Techniques
Featuring Manson Lam
Presented by Balloonia


By bringing round and non-round balloons together,  Manson Lam is able to create some impressive distortion effects. In this class, Manson will demonstrate how he creates facial structures and muscle tone use a variety of techniques. If you’re a decor-twister, this class is absolutely not to be missed.


“Floating” Characters
Featuring Federico Onida, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


Tired of paying high prices for helium? Federico will show you how to create a WOW effect with large bouquets and NO helium! These super trendy "floating" designs create a large impact with simple techniques.


Foil Statement Pieces for Large Scale Events
Featuring Melissa Vinson, CBA
Presented by Anagram

 
Foil balloons are great on their own, but when you strategically piece them together, they can create magical accents to large scale events. Melissa will show you how to put together foil shapes into one-of-a-kind statement pieces to accent your themed events. Your clients will say WOW when you show them the designs and skills you acquire in this class…don’t miss it!


G-Balloon Bar
Featuring Alisson Vasconcelos
Presented by Gemar

 
Together with Alisson, this class will we build a stylish tiki bar made from balloons for the FLOAT Beach Party! In addition as part of this hands-on class, we’ll surround the bar with palm trees that will make a true experience and a work of visual art! But don’t try to order a FLOATini yet… you must wait for the night’s festivities!


Gender Reveal Remade
Featuring Lia Leottau
Presented by Gemar

 
Inspired by Lia’s unstoppable talent for combining crafts with balloons, this is a new take on the ever popular gender reveal. During this class, Lia will create a unique balloon wall right before your eyes, including floral elements, paint, confetti, fabrics and fun. This is not just about teaching, this is creating art.


Go Green!
Featuring Roberta Pinto
Presented by Gemar

 
Now more than ever, people love to “Go Green,” and Roberta will bring this philosophy to life with clever ways to reuse Gemar balloons, demonstrating that sustainability can be much more than just a buzzword. She will take old balloons, previously used to create other art, and turn them into fun and funky accessories! Perfect for any balloon artist!


Instagood…..Creating Dynamic Social Media Posts
Featuring Lilly Jimenez
Presented by TufTex

 
Ever wonder why certain images go viral and others don't? Sometimes it's as simple as a lighting choice, a color option or even simple framing. During this class, Lilly will show you how she uses all of these elements and more to create truly memorable digital moments which are both eye-catching and highly "pinnable."


Kelli’s Ultimate Guide to Foils
Featuring Kelli Cheatle
Presented by Anagram

 
When you have a full understanding of how foils work, including handling, inflation, sealing, adhesives, overlays, tying, repairing, modifying, and even twisting, you’ll set yourself apart from your competition with your broad knowledge of techniques. Learn all this and more as Kelly creates a show stopping deliverable sculpture sure to impress your most discerning of clients.


Let’s Make it Big!
Featuring Monica Torrero
Presented by Balloonia

 
When it comes to balloon bouquets, go big or go home! Monica will show you how she makes money in her home country with large and distinctive bouquets. Talk about a wonderful way to wow your clients!


Let’s Use Decolink!
Featuring Tony Moncada, CBA
Presented by Balloonia

 
In this class, Tony will introduce you to her linking balloon designs. Whether it’s her column designs, organic accents and more, Tony will offer you tips and tricks when working with these versatile balloons.



Letter Perfect
Featuring Kelli Cheatle
Presented by Anagram

 
Wish you could do something more with letters (and numbers) than just writing out names or anniversaries? Don’t worry, Kelly’s going to spell it all out for you! If you thought her floral wall design at FLOAT 2020 was a show stopper, wait until you see these four letter masterpieces! You’ll leave class with easy to create and coordinating designs for walls and columns.


Masterful LINK-O-LOON® Designs with Colin Myles
Featuring Colin Myles, CBA
Presented by Betallic


Expand your creative repertoire when you join Colin for this class focused on maximizing the possibilities of The Original LINK-O-LOON! Colin will share brand-new LINK-O-LOON techniques, including his “Plus Link” design concept; a frameless, indoor, full-size arch; an amazing, huge heart and a fabulous giant flower. Whether you’ve mastered linking balloons, or you’ve only begun to experiment with them, you’ll benefit from Colin’s tips, tricks and techniques to more fully utilize the huge potential of LINK-O-LOON in your everyday work. HANDS-ON LEARNING ALERT: Get ready for a rare, hands-on opportunity to learn Colin’s technique for developing new LINK-O-LOON designs using 260 balloons! Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover the linking possibilities in your business!


Mastering Balloon Mosiac©
Featuring Lilly Jimenez
Presented by TufTex

 
Who better to teach you the ins and outs of creating gorgeous and elaborate balloon mosaics than the woman who invented them? Lilly Jimenez will guide you through the process of creating your very own Balloon Mosaic®️ from start to finish, as well as share some tips and tricks to saving time and energy when creating these iconic pieces. Before long, you'll be mastering your own pieces, to say nothing of making lots of money in the process.



Mini-Marquees…with a Twist
Featuring Jackie Ochitwa, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


This class will demonstrate how Award-winning balloon artist and Qualatex Instructor Jackie O creates her incredibly popular Mini-Marquees from beginning to end. You will leave this class confident in your ability to translate any client request into a beautiful balloon centrepiece using Jackie’s easily adaptable designs.  
Learn some simple and up-sellable twisted techniques that will make you stand out from your competition.
Jackie will demo how she pulls inspiration from Qualatex Microfoil balloons and creates both harmony and balance in all her pieces.


Next-Level Centerpiece Design with a Twist
Featuring Colin Myles, CBA
Presented by Betallic


Colin Myles, a master of both decorator and twister skills, has won numerous awards at twisting conventions with his inventive designs and techniques. Now you can learn how he incorporates twisting methods in bespoke sculptures, deliveries and centerpieces to create truly customized, next-level event décor to WOW his customers. In this hands-on class, Colin will share some of his favorite centerpiece décor designs incorporating upscale twisting techniques and explain how you can increase perceived value for your creations and open up exciting, new possibilities for your business. Don’t let a little twisting scare you! You’ll leave this class ready to add twisting techniques to your existing balloon décor menu and more $$ to your bottom line!


Out of This World!
Featuring Alisson Vasconcelos
Presented by Gemar

 
There is only one way that a human being can escape the Earth’s atmosphere to walk among the stars. Join us aboard a space rocket as we set off on a journey out of this world. Alisson will combine lights, smoke effects and moving parts to create a truly breathtaking sculpture that leaves the audience feeling like it truly might take off!


Paint Party!
Featuring Monica Torrero
Presented by Balloonia

 
In this class, Monica will show how to make arrangements with trending paint techniques. She’ll show you ways to paint the balloons and the types of paint to use in your arrangements. A live arrangement will be made during this class.



Recession-Proof Revenue: Rock your Repertoire with Classic Décor that SELLS
Featuring Jessica Zillman and Mary Lou Kunka
Presented by Betallic


Classic balloon décor sells….all….the….time. Recession-proof your revenue when you join FLOAT 2020’s Designers of the Year Jessica and Mary Lou as they lead you through a collection of their favorite, super-selling classic decor components in this fast-paced and fun-filled design class featuring Betallic balloons. They’ll show you how to quickly recreate their decor designs and then how to adapt them to fit a variety of highly popular occasions so you’ll never miss a sales opportunity.  You’ll see how to dress up popular and profitable classic decor designs to make an even bigger impact with enticing color schemes and exciting theme options for your own balloon decor. And, you’ll ensure solid sales all year long.


Stacked…with a Twist
Featuring Jackie Ochitwa, CBA
Presented by Qualatex


This information packed class will teach you how to create Jackie’s simple (and super sellable!) Qualatex Deco Bubble Ice Cream Cones. Stretchy plastic Deco Bubble Balloons are non-oxidizing and long-lasting - making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor décor.
Jackie will also show you how she creates her adorable, drizzled (and Instagrammable) Caramel Frappuccino, her super sweet pastel Rocket ship and her totally Kawaii happy Unicone.
This class is all about proper technique and the importance of using proportion when creating new designs.  Keep on top of the trends and pick up some new skills with Jackie O.  


Up-Sell Secrets with Jessica & Mary Lou
Featuring Jessica Zillman and Mary Lou Kunka
Presented by Betallic


Join FLOAT 2020’s Designers of the Year in this lively demonstration of proven methods for turning mundane decor into marvelous up-sell creations for your customers! Jessica and Mary Lou will share their personal methods to teach you how to successfully up-sell with low-cost elements featuring decorator and twister skills − a delightful combination that will increase your business profile and your bank account! All the way from speed squiggles to simply spectacular design elements you can add to your balloon skill set, this class will enhance your design acumen with both Round and Non-round Betallatex latex balloons as well as foils and more! An added bonus for decorators includes something not usually offered in decor classes: a hands-on lesson that will bring your balloon repertoire to a higher level of creativity. Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this exclusive FLOAT knowledge!


Water! Time to Smile!
Featuring Lia Leottau
Presented by Gemar

 
As part of the FLOAT Beach Party, this hands-on class will show you how to help create accent decor for the event. In a background of water...with the rainbow technique, Lia will teach how you can transform and adapt them to create another form of waves because the imagination with balloons has no limits!
And with a surfboard thrown in for fun, you’ll hang ten and smile while we take a photo!


A World of Color
Featuring Tony Moncada, CBA
Presented by Balloonia

 
In this class, Tony will showcase how she creates a color palette using various double stuffing techniques. In addition, she’ll demonstrate various levels of oxidation and how they affect color to your advantage as opposed to your detriment.



Year of the Dragon
Featuring Manson Lam
Presented by Balloonia


Manson Lam is an internationally renowned balloon sculptor, and in this class you’ll learn how to create one of his iconic and culturally significant designs. Drawing from Asian culture, Manson creates a truly dynamic dragon that is guaranteed to impress. He’ll also show how small little accents translate into major talking points with this impressive piece.