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stencil

Ian Chilvers

in The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Fifth edition


Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191782763

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A thin sheet of metal, paper, or other suitable material perforated with a design (or often lettering) that is reproduced on paper, fabric, or other surface when the sheet is laid on them and colour is brushed, rubbed, or sprayed through the openings. A ‘negative stencil’ is one in which an object is placed on a surface and colour is deposited around it. Stencilling was probably the earliest method to be devised of duplicating a design and it has a long history in fabric printing, for example. Prints made entirely by stencilling are uncommon, but the method was often used to add colour to cheap popular ...

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Subjects: Art

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