Picture of Hylian Shield out of Cardboard
So one of my friend's birthdays was coming up and they're a Legend of Zelda fan, so I thought," Why not make a Hylian Shield."  So I started making the shield.
This is my first Instructable, so suggestions and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is appreciated.
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Step 1: Materials and Stuff

Picture of Materials and Stuff
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The materials were relatively cheap and easy to find.  All you need is:

Cardboard sized about:  20 3/4 In. X 21 1/4 In.
A pair of scissors or an x-acto knife or something sharp and precise.
A pencil.
Two paintbrushes. I got a thick and thin bristled brushes.
A cup of water.
A soft cloth or wash cloth.
And the hardest to find, acrylic paint.  It needs to be acrylic, because the lady at the art shop said it showed up the best on cardboard.
The colors I used were:
    Carmine (dark red)
    Primary Yellow (yellow)
    Neutral Grey (grey)
    Titanium White (white)
    Phthalo Blue (dark blue)

Step 2: Sketching the Design

Picture of Sketching the Design
So the hardest part for me was sketching out the design.  This is due to my lack of skill in making symmetrical objects.
I believe I made the Twilight Princess version of the shield, but don't quote me on that.

So, to sketch it, take your pencil and sketch the design as best you can.  Don't worry too much about making wrong lines because it'll be covered in paint soon enough.

Step 3: Painting-Part 1

Picture of Painting-Part 1
So, the lady at the art store that I got the paint from said that I should put a white base on the cardboard before painting to get a brighter color out of the paint.  So you're going to have to do the different colors in sections.  I started with the blue area.  So take the Platinum White and paint the areas that are blue in the picture on the previous step.  Or like the picture below.
Don't get your panties in a wad if you accidentally get some of the paint in the other parts of the shield, because it'll be painted over soon anyway.
Nice painting job :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
amriorda (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
The photo does it more justice than it deserves. :P Thanks for the compliment though. :)