I have done the yarn in wheat past, draped over balloons project very
successfuly with my elementary kids--messy but fun. If you have access to
Japanese rice paper scraps, though, they will make a beautiful translucent
globe (or whatever forms the balloons may take.) This paper may be stronger
than tissue for the use that you intend. Tissue and colored string/yarn can
be added for color. One tip...have the kids prop the balloons on cottage
cheese type continers as they work and watch for sudden unbalancing of the
balloon. If one side gets too heavy with wet materials, the balloon will
take on a life of its own!
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
Art teacher, K-5, retired
PS The Dale Chihuly glass exhibit has been extended to July 4 at the
Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. It's a great show!!!
> In a message dated 4/2/2004 10:16:44 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> hillmjan@Berkeleyprep.org writes:
>> Ross' Art Paste and tissue paper. That way, I'm thinking
>> we'd get a glow similar to glass.
> Jan, that has my mind spinning! Just the idea of it sounds so lovely (and
> would I love to see that exhibit.) Isn't there some way that string is dipped
> in sticky stuff and wrapped around balloons? then when dry the balloon pops
> and the string retains shape? Could tissue be added to this, i wonder, and be
> a hanging piece, like some of chihuly's? or perhaps wire sculpture with
> tissue added? Let me know what you end of doing in any case. it is intriguing,
> to use light as one of the art media...
> kathy d.