The elegant Red Capped Asian Cranes are held in high regard throughout China, Japan and across the Himalayas, where they are perceived to bring luck and good fortune and treated as sacred birds. Each year they undertake the arduous task of flying over the highest mountains in the world aloft their spectacular wings circling on thermal currents high above the mountains.
Above – the Little Flying Cranes Stencil looks great in silhouette. Try a simple repeat on a cushion cover using Pure White Fabric Paint.
Graduated Painted Background Technique
A graduated painted background can be achieved by using two similar tones of emulsion paint (latex) and a tinted varnish glaze over the top. This technique will not work with radically different colours – keep the tones similar so mixing is easier. Mix a third of each colour together to create a mid-tone colour and paint the wall in horizontal bands dark to light, brushing the colours lightly over each other at the joining bands to create as softer join as possible. Keep strokes long, smooth and horizontal. Mix a varnish glaze using 2/3rd Acrylic Matt Varnish, 1/3rd Acrylic Scumble Glaze. Add a little water if the glaze is much thicker than the consistency of double cream. Tint the glaze with several drops of Universal Tinter to create a transparent glaze a couple of shades deeper than the middle tone of your painted wall. Brush the glaze over the wall and soften in long smooth strokes using a soft brush.
Above – the Little Flying Crane Stencil silhouetted on a purple backdrop in Ice White .
Delicate one layer stencil on one sheet of 125 micron mylar.
Main crane motif measures up to 23cm (9″) wide and 18cm (7″) tall.
The small crane to the upper left measures 6cm (2 1/2″) wide by 5cm (2″).
Sheet size 30cm (11 3/4″) wide x 21.5cm (8 1/2″) deep.
Left – shows the layout of the stencil sheet of this beautiful design.