I hadn’t realised that my Viking Vik colouring sheet and masks had fallen off my site.
It’s Up Helly Aa in Shetland next week and they want to do some drawing activities in the library. I’ve quickly made the Longship page to colour in and revived the colour in masks. Click the picture to download the PDF sheets
If you want to draw some other Viking Vik Stuff, Here are the videos – Have fun!
\And here’s a video to explain what UpHelly Aa is all about!
Having a Norwegian mother, I always thought I would grow up to be a Viking. Unfortunately there are few jobs for Vikings these days, so I became a children’s author and illustrator instead.
Eventually the time came to write my Viking stories. I was inspired the day I went to my Auntie’s Hutte – or little holiday house – on an island not far from Bergen in Norway.The Hutte looks down on a small inlet from the sea.There was a moment when I put the name and the geography together and realised that Snekkevik (Snake Vik) would have once been a Viking settlement.
The name Viking means “People of the Viks“. This inlet was a Vik and this is where Vikings would have lived. Now you can drive there over bridges and there is gas and electricity too. But I could imagine Viking children playing on the beach, just as my children were doing a thousand years later.
Viking Vik was born in my imagination! A lot of work later and The eight book series became a reality. If you are studying Vikings, you may like to have a bit of Viking related reading. They’re both fun and informative – boys love them 😀
Yesterday I visited Redbrook School, close to where I live in the Forest of Dean. I was telling them tales about Vikings in my Viking Vik series of Books. So I thought I’d continue my Dragon series with a Viking knot type drawing of a dragon with Runes all down the inside.
If you would like to do something similar, I’ll be posting the Runic Alphabet design on Friday so come back then.