Who here has seen The Princess Diaries? Remember Anne Hathaway’s breakout role in which she portrays the ultra geeky 15-year-old, Mia, only to discover that she is the princess of a far off country and granddaughter to the queen (Julie Andrews). A classic. Well, ever since seeing the hysterically charming film I have wanted to duplicate one of its memorable scenes: painting with balloons and darts. If you remember, in the movie Anne Hathaway and her mama pin paint filled balloons to a canvas only to pop them with darts and so creating a beautifully messy masterpiece. Well, my dear sister Michelle brought the idea back to my attention a few days back and we knew it was a must. And so, we bought and painted canvases.
We then filled up balloons with paint and air… which was actually quite difficult! But—after many paint-filled mouthfuls—we came up with a system.
- Fill the water balloon up with air (try using a ball pump) so to stretch it out. Then let the air go again.
- Next, cut a straw to make a small funnel for paint. Insert funnel into the deflated balloon.
- Using the straw as a funnel, fill the balloon with as much paint as you can squeeze in. (We used acrylic.)
- Remove the straw funnel (try not to get paint on the rim as you remove it) and blow up balloon being careful not to suck in (we learned this the hard way).
- Once filled, tie and place aside.
Note: do all of this in a place that it’s ok to get paint everywhere as they may explode, or slip, or any number of things… and wear clothes that you’re ok with ruining.
After we filled all the balloons, we pinned them to our canvases.
Do you like how we used one normal sized balloon along with our water balloons.
That was when we couldn’t get the baby balloons to blow up at first. Ha.
And finally, we let the darts fly!
It was epic.
We were pleased!
One more look!
Aren't they awesome?!
And the best part: you need no artistic talent!
Now, a few thoughts for anyone wanting to paint with balloons and darts:
First, if you want a “running” look (as opposed to splatter), fill your balloons with more paint and very little (if any) air.
Second, make sure your canvas has back support or your dart may just go completely through the canvas… we need to patch a hole or two so we can hang them! Ha! Still, it was awesome!
One final idea is to use t-shirts instead of a canvas! Another of my sisters did that as a date once and loved it! She still wears her t-shirt!