Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nursery Rhymes with Humpty Dumpty

Hey ee

pronounced HAY - ee
the 'ee' is said in the back of the throat

How to say hi in Southern Georgia, USA

vintage print, Humpty Dumpty on wall

Today we will have rhymes, laughter, tears and some broken eggs!
(The tears come from Mrs. Humpty Dumpty!)

Humpty Dumpty is a traditional nursery rhyme that most people know.


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and
All the king's men
couldn't put Humpty together again!

So, do you think that Humpty Dumpty had a fatal fall?
Or did he just crack his head 'open'?

c.1930 vintage illustration

and really!
What was he doing sitting up on a wall,
if he was so fragile?

Are we dealing with perhaps an egotistical egg?
a macho egg?
or just a plain stuuupid egg?

vintage song sheet cover, c.1921

Here is a charming scherensnitte project for you.
This would look very cute in a nursery.

Cut Humpty out of brightly colored paper, and then mat him on coodinating paper.
cut Humpty from the traditional black silhouette paper, and mount the cutting onto a pastel nursery color
cut Humpty from the popular 'parchment' paper, and mount onto black,
or some other vivid, deep rich color.


Budget Craft Tip

Experiment with tracing paper and a pencil -
Find a Humpty that you like. Trace around him, using the tracing paper.
Add any strong line features to define the picture.
Now, decide if it is right for a silhouette,
or if you need to do a more traditional scherensnitte cutting.
Make sure all your lines are attached to something!

Start simple; don't get too fussy about adding in all the lines.
You are on your way to start making your own patterns!
It's quite fun, and you are not restricted as much with copyrights.
If you keep the cutting yourself, or give it to a friend,
you usually don't have to worry about copyrights anyway.

It IS always nice to credit the artist who inspired you.

vintage teapot with 4 cups with soldiers

vintage illustration, c.1889

a stained glass version from Dover Books

Here is the back of the coloring book, Dover books:

This is an out of print edition of the very popular magazine -
 Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children.

Another wonderful embroidery transfer from Typefeathers:

a vintage wood tray puzzle

Remember those wood tray puzzles?
I sure do!
Especially from when I was teaching Special Ed,
and it was time to find all the pieces, and put them all back together
and tucked back into their places.
They were just super puzzles for our kids.

Here is another outstanding painting from Scott Gustafsen:

This copied clip really does not do justice to his wonderful paintings.
Arthur Rackham illustration, c.1932

Well, the blogspot program is messing up a bit, and I had to copy and paste the last third or so of my blog, so I think maybe they're telling me it's time to close!

4 vintage mini pressed board placques

I think I might be in the mood for deviled eggs now....

Have fun trying out your tracing skills for your cut art.


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