I always knew that I would paint a mural for my daughters room. I started brainstorming about themes late in my third trimester. Then finally one day, while we were snuggled up on the couch about to watch "Ponyo," I had my moment. As I watched the opening title sequence I was struck my the simplistic beauty and the amazing colors. Very simple lines, easy to replicate and a character and story we both love. It was perfect.
Step 1: Sourcing Original Images
First things first, I tried to find some images online of the title sequence and came up empty. Instead, I chose to photograph my TV as the sequence was playing. I took several of my own reference photos.
Step 2: Gather Your Paint and Make Some Water
Inspiration in hand, the next step was a trip to the paint store to pick out the wall colors I would need. I chose three different blue/green shades that I liked and once home I decided we would need a fourth color so I mixed a new one out of the preexisting colors - making sure to mix enough for touch-ups since you won't be able to mix the same color twice unless you're measuring, which I wasn't.
Next step was to paint all of the blocks of blue and green that would be the water. No need to mark it out, I just used a free-form method in shapes that I liked.
This is the step which I could involve my three year old in since exactness wasn't important and mistakes are easy to cover.
I marked out the area where the house and island were going to be so that I didn't have to worry about painting over the green and having it effect the final look of the house.
I used eggshell interior wall paint for the water and latex craft paints for all of the fish and other details. A quart of each water color is plenty.