Disney legend, Mary Blair began her career with Walt Disney in 1940. Working on classic animated films such as Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, her colorful style earned her a top designer spot on a little project Walt was working on for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. “It’s a Small World,” which was originally a Pepsi sponsored attraction designed to benefit UNICEF had a very successful run and after the World’s Fair it took up residence in its permanent home; Disneyland. The iconic ride has been replicated at each Disney Resort around the world. Recently, Disney Parks has added a line of Mary Blair Merchandise that, well, took my obsession to a whole new level. For my birthday, a friend gave me a set of Mary Blair postcards that she purchased at Disneyland. Going through them, I became completely preoccupied with thoughts of incorporating Mary Blair into my home. Then I came up with the idea that I needed to paint my own Mary Blair inspired mural. After 6 weeks of grueling family labor, I rewarded myself with, of course, the matching plates & pillows!
Disney Celebrates Mary Blair with Colorful Park Merchandise 1 of 14
The Post Card that Started it All 2 of 14
This gorgeous image of Mary Blair's colorful "It's a Small World" facade is what inspired me to transform my dining room.
Making a Transparency 3 of 14
We then made a color transparency that we used to project on to the dining room wall. To make the image longer to fit our wall, we doubled it and flipped it to make a mirror image on the right side.
Prepping the Wall 4 of 14
Using an overhead projector and our transparency, we projected the image on to the wall and my fabulous husband spent 8 hours tracing the shapes with a pencil.
Gather Supplies 5 of 14
We hit the local art store to buy a TON of acrylic paints and blue tape as well as some new brushes. After many trials and tribulations, we decided that the Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics were our favorite. They had the best coverage and we did not have to do more than two coats with most of the colors
The Painting Begins 6 of 14
After taping off the wall's 4 sides, the painting began.
Tape, Paint, Tape, Paint, Repeat 7 of 14
We painted, painted and painted.
A Little Help 8 of 14
We made it a family affair by allowing our boys to give us a little hand.
ANNNND, We’re DONE! 9 of 14
After 6 weeks of a paint consumed life it was time to celebrate with a little shopping spree at Disneyland.
Mary Blair Plate Sets & Pillows 10 of 14
The plate sets run $40 for a box of 4. Each plate features a different Mary Blair Design. The pillow will set you back $60, but it is very well made and gorgeous.
Mary Blair Plate 11 of 14
My favorite plate. It looks just like my wall. I mean, my wall looks just like it!
Teapots & Coffee Mugs 12 of 14
The collection also features fun teapots for $35.95 as well as individually sold coffee mugs for just under $15 each.
A Perfect Pair 13 of 14
These Mary Blair plates and my new dining room mural could not be more perfect together.
Hello, Pillow! 14 of 14
And just for fun, I could not resist the pillows for the heads of the table. Thank goodness those two chairs have arms!
Can’t get to a Disney Park to fill your Mary Blair needs? Check out Merchandise Guest Services you can order online (if available) or give them a call and a friendly cast member will do their best to help you find the item you’re looking for.
For detailed information and more photos of the Mary Blair merchandise check out this great post over on the Disney Food Blog.