ABOUT the Artist

         24-year-old balloon artist Stone Johnsen takes his art form to a whole new level by creating giant-scale, life-like, and interactive balloon sculptures, as well as jaw-dropping balloon art for people of all ages! Stone's sensational balloon art has dazzled Hollywood celebrities and performers, and has been the highlight of birthday parties, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, conventions, and other events all around the globe! 

         Stone started his journey in the world of balloon art when he was only 9 years old. Over the years, what started simply as a fun hobby transformed into a rewarding career. At the age of 15, he started taking his art form seriously and began booking birthday parties and other events in and around his hometown of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 

 

         After graduating high school, Stone began traveling around the world twisting balloons and bringing joy and amazement to those around him. 

 

         Although Stone is currently based out of Portland, Oregon, he continues to travel worldwide to entertain guests at all sorts of festivals and conventions!
 

Stone is First Aid and CPR Certified for Infants, Children, and Adults!

Because of his work with Afterschool and Summer camps, he is also registered in several federal background checks!

Stone even teaches balloon art classes for individuals and groups!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"We hired Stone as entertainment for a four-year-old birthday party! I highly recommend him for any balloon twisting events you may have."

Laurel P. - 

Happy Mom

"Stone was professional, artistic, and a true entertainer. He kept the children engaged and wowed them with his amazing balloon art. He was also flexible with his schedule and responded promptly to all communication. Highly recommend!"

Lori H. -

New Seasons Manager

"Stone did a terrific job at our Summer Celebration. He twisted balloons for three hours straight, on a hot day, and never lost his cool... Thanks Stone!"

Andrea M. -

Lake Oswego Librarian

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long have you been a balloon artist?

     

    I’ve been a professional balloon entertainer for 8 years now. But, I’ve made balloon art off and on as a hobby since I was only 8 years old! So, in total, I’ve been twisting balloons for 16 years!

  • When did PDX Balloons start?

     

    I first started off my career as a balloon artist in Massachusetts with the company I created called The Troupe of Fools. It was essentially an event entertainment company featuring myself as a balloon artist, several face painters, clowns, jugglers, unicyclists… you name it, we offered it! The Troupe of Fools started back in 2008.

     

    I created PDX Balloons when I decided to officially move to Portland, in early 2014. The PDX Balloons official website launched around July of 2015.

  • How/why did you first start twisting balloons?

     

    When I was about 8 years old, I got a balloon from a balloon artist in a Home Town Buffet. He seemed to not like kids very much. He was pretty rude, and his balloons were kind of lame, to be honest. I thought to myself, “I could do better!” … So I did!

  • What kind of parties do you perform at?

     

    PDX Balloons will perform at ANY kind of party! Birthday Parties are the most common, but I also perform for conventions, restaurants, mitzvahs, company events, schools, fundraisers, festivals, holiday celebrations, graduations, weddings and wedding parties, and so much more!

  • How did you learn how to make balloon art?

     

    I started learning from one of those balloon animal kits that you can get from party supply stores, when I was just 8 years old. Then, when I was 15 and just starting my career, I found a couple videos on YouTube with some nice designs. Over the past 8 years, I started forming my own original designs, which is mostly what I do nowadays. I am always learning and getting inspired by other balloon artists in the community.

     

  • How far do you travel?

     

    PDX Balloons currently serves the Portland Metro Area (Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Clackamas, and Milwaukie).

    We do make it out to the Oregon Coast (from Astoria to down to Tillamook) for a small travel fee. We will travel anywhere in the world if travel fees are paid. Just ask!

  • What’s the biggest thing you’ve made out of balloons?

     

    My biggest balloon so far was a giant haunted pirate ship for Multnomah Athletic Club's annual Halloween Party. It was about 25ft. long, 10ft. wide, and the mast was about 20ft. high. Took about 7 hours to build by myself.

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© 2019 By Stone Johnsen, PDX Balloons.