Notebook, 1993-




A thin sheet of metal, paper, or other suitable material perforated with a design (or often lettering) that is reproduced on paper or fabric when the sheet is laid on them and colour is brushed through the openings. Until the silk screen was devised only simple shapes could be printed by the stencil technique; yet from the aesthetic point of view its very simplicity and sharpness of outline may become major virtues, and the process has a long history both for fabric printing and for the colouring of prints, especially woodcuts. In France, where it is called pochoir, stencilling has been much employed in book illustration. A notable English example of this use was in Paul Nash's illustrations to Sir Thomas Browne's Urne Buriall (1932).

[Chilvers, Ian, Harold Osborne, and Dennis Farr, eds. Oxford Dictionary Of Art. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.]



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