Make Fascinating Shields from the Northumbrian Borders
Peakles and I are proud to live in Northumberland, the most northern county of England, nestled below the Scottish border. It is a county that is steeped in history, from the creation of Hadrian’s Wall during the Roman occupation to the Viking raiders from across the North Sea.
One of the main things that has shaped the county is the constant movement of the border and the local families that were involved in supporting the English or the Scots during this time. Peakles loves visiting the many different castles and fortified manor houses in the area, including some that are only a few miles away from where we live!
As you can image we love finding out more and Peakles decided that she wanted to make some shields like the ones she had seen on the walls of the castles!
We decided to make three shields and share them with you today!
Masking (Painters) Tape
Making Traditional or Classic Shaped Shield 1
First we cut out a basic shield shape from the cardboard.
Peakles then took some masking tape and started to stick it onto her shield. She made different patterns with the tape.
Once she was happy with the design she began to paint the unmasked off areas on the cardboard.
When she had finished carefully removed the tape and let the shield dry.
Making Traditional or Classic Shaped Shield 2
Again we cut out a classic shield shape from the cardboard and then Peakles painted it.
She decided that she wanted a scary design to frighten people away ‘like in the old days!’
Making a Round Saltire Shield or Targe
Peakles took a silver plate and made a X using the masking tape. She then painted the rest of the plate with blue paint.
Once she had finished she carefully removed the tape.
We added a cardboard handle to the back our shields and then took them outside to play with!
Peakles and I hope that you enjoy finding out more about our local area and making some interesting shields of your own too. This post is part of the Around the World in 30 Days blog series where bloggers from around the world share activities, crafts and interesting facts about their part of the globe! To find out more please click on the image below or visit Cutting Tiny Bites to see the whole series!