Fondant colors to mix: brown, tan, black, pink, blue, red, white. I added more white fondant to the brown to create the tan and black to the brown for the outlines. To make the balloons appear full, I added a ball of extra fondant under the balloon to keep it rounded. I use shortening as I am working with fondant to keep it more pliable and smoothed some shortening over George's body for a little sheen.
It was an easy transfer to the cake since the head and hands are detached from the body.