Thursday, February 9, 2012

Playing Hearts

The King of Hearts and the Queen of Hearts 
Went out to a soirée
They came for tea and a fine romance, 
Then danced in the Boureé
But oh, the King, he sloshed his tea, 
And slipped on the splash when he came to dance
He tripped the Queen, who gasped and fell, 
And then - he ripped his pants - 

A great, wide gash for the world to see  - 
His under-wonders, yes, oh yes!
A great, wide gash for the world to see, 
His garishly red underpants.

So the King and Queen, they scampered out, 
And as they departed, they turned to shout:
“It’s not a party that we want; it’s not a fine soiree!
But a cup without holes and a nice game of bowls
A sup without mockers or giggledy gawkers
That's all that any of us can ask: 
A dinner and dance, a small romance
But nary a snort if we should split
The seat of our royal pants."

I thought it would be fun to do a series inspired by playing cards.

These are India ink and watercolor on Canson paper.

I made the picture bones into free, printable coloring pages.

You can gussy them up to your heart's content,

or give them to your pals for Valentine's Day!

Some of our Favorite Royal Reads:

from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,
illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

from Twelve Dancing Princesses
- Brigette Barrager

Princess Hyacinth, the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated -

by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Lane Smith

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

The Silk Princess - Charles Santore

Aida - Leontyne Price, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - John Steptoe 

Twelve Dancing Princesses - Ruth Sanderson

Twelve Dancing Princesses - Brigette Barrager

Rapunzel - Paul O. Zelinsky

Rumplestilskin - Paul O. Zelinsky

The Sleeping Beauty - Trina Schart Hyman

all crafts Homemade Projects ~ Add Yours! {2/7}Cherished Bliss


Jan Morrison said...

lovely lovely lovely - did you write the most wondrous poem as well! You are a clever writing princess. I had a book a few years back about the Queen's underpants - but not sure what its actual title was. I'll be back when I have it.

Jan Morrison said...

here it is, The Queen's Knickers

Julia Kelly said...

Those cards are wonderful! I love your illustration style!

Faith Pray said...

Jan, I can't wait to find and read The Queen's Knickers! I'll 'fess up to the silly poem. You are such a good blog pal.

Julia, thank you!

Dawn Simon said...

What a fun post! Wow, I love that poem and the cards! :)


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