Nursery Rhyme Art Project: Full Scale Sketch


I’m back to show you the next step in the art project I’ve been working on based on the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence”.  You can see the first two posts covering inspiration and preliminary sketches by clicking the links.

After working out my ideas in the small sketches I showed you last time, I made a large, full-scale sketch with my final ideas.  The goal was to get things just how I wanted them to look so I could see the ideas and also so that I could transfer the drawings to the board I was going to work on just as I had drawn them.  I also hoped to experiment with color in the full-scale sketch.  Let me show you:

Sing a song of sixpence

Nursery Rhyme Art Project (Pattern and Branch)

A pocketful of rye


Nursery Rhyme Art Project (Pattern and Branch)

Four and twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened

The birds began to sing.

Nursery Rhyme Art Project (Pattern and Branch)

Wasn’t that a dainty gift

To set before the king?

(That outer ring is crown.)

When the pie was opened

You can see that by the end, I had taken out the words “Six Pence” and the extra grains of rye that were scattered about.  Since the audience for this work is children ages 0-2, the words seemed unnecessary, and the scattered rye took away from the more simplified, clean look that I was going for.

I got excited about color once I finished the drawing, but soon realized that doing just a quarter of the piece in color would help me figure out the colors that I needed.

Nursery Rhyme Art Project (Pattern and Branch)

It was a good thing I did this because I decided to change the crown in the outer circle to be more recognizable as a crown.  You can see both versions in the same sketch below.

Nursery Rhyme Art Project (Pattern and Branch)

Yay for color!  That’s how I almost always feel about color, actually.

Next up:  preparing the board and painting!


About Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch)

I write the blog Pattern and Branch. Pattern and Branch is dedicated to exploration and curiosity, trying new things, and finding new ideas in the areas of art, craft, food, and life. I love making and learning. Come join in!

4 responses »

  1. Love it! And I like that you chose Red-winged Black Birds. I always love to see them at Appleton. They are so striking. When I see them, I almost can’t believe that they are real. I also agree with your choice to change the crown a bit. Great job. The Library will be so pleased with your work. Bravo!!


    • Thanks, Gretchen! Somehow I never discovered Red-winged Black Birds until I was an adult, but they are so cool! I’m glad you like the piece. I don’t know why I had some much trouble thinking of the crown. Seems like it should have been the easiest piece, but it wasn’t. I like the second version better than the first. I’m glad you do, too.


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