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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.

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Step 1: Sourcing Original Images

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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

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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.
athello1 month ago

Aww! Trust me, kids love it, but I think adults would too. I'd paint this in my room in a heartbeat.

Great site, congratulations.
Hiyao Miyazaki's work is incredible. There are so many ... Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, The Cat Who Returned, Porco Rosso, Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle. My kids love them all. Nice work on the mural!
Kiteman1 year ago
I have never heard of Ponyo, but that mural is wonderful!
Sars Jones (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Thanks for your help - I'm blown away by the response its gotten! What a great site, I only wish I had found out about it sooner.
Hey, there's plenty if time to post more - just remember to take lots of photos.
Great stuff. That artist does that a lot for those type of movies. Totoro is my favorite.
That style is like a child's drawings style. Perfect for who else children. :)
Sars Jones (author)  Treasure Tabby1 year ago
LOOOOVE Totoro! I was fortunate enough to be able to take my daughter to a screening of it for her first movie in a theater. So fantastic!
10141199371 year ago
very good! I am a Chinese, I want to make friends with you
Sars Jones (author)  10141199371 year ago
Boygasmo1 year ago
I love Ponyo, and this is great for kid's room!
Sars Jones (author)  Boygasmo1 year ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!