Above – the Flying Cranes Theme Pack shown with the Small Star Cluster Stencil on a night sky background
See the other bird stencils in this range:
The elegant East Asian Crane is 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. Here the graceful silhouette shapes of this bird in flight make up three different flying groups on three single layer stencil sheets.
Above – two of the bird groups from the Flying Cranes Theme Pack in Ice White Stencil paint on a grey background with randomly painted ‘snow’ dots.
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.
Easy to use one layer theme pack stencil on three sheets of 125 micron mylar.
The three upward flying cranes measure up to 20.7cm (8″) wide and 18cm (7″) deep, as a group, with individual birds up to 12.5cm (5″) from beak to toe.
The group of three cranes flying horizontally measures up to 21.5cm (8 1/2″) wide and 15.4cm (6″) deep, as a group, with individual birds up to 12.5cm (5″) from beak to toe.
The group of five cranes, flying high up, measures up to 23cm (9″”) wide and 18cm (7″) deep, as a group, with individual birds up to 13cm (5 1/4″) from beak to toe.
On three sheets – sheet size 28cm (11″) wide x 21cm (8 1/4″”) deep (A4 size).
Left – shows the layout of the three sheets of this stencil theme pack.