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Artists use templates quite often. While to some it might look like "cheating," there is an art to properly using and positioning a template. Much of the work involved comes from knowing when to and when not to use one. Some basic rules of thumb when making these decisions are listed here.


Using a Template as a Painting Stencil

Templates can be used as stencils, but as with all stencils, they do have a propensity for bleeding underneath. To minimize stencil bleed, use brush strokes across the edges toward the center of the stencil area only. Optionally, gentle direct downward pressure can be applied to the brush to neaten the edges.


Brush strokes away from the stencil center and across the edge of the template force unwanted paint under the edge of the cut out area.

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