Here is an example of stencilling where no paint is used. Rather, you stencil with varnish, and then stain. The stain doesn't 'take' to the place where the varnish is (so it comes out clear wood color). This is delicate and pretty.
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Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil DIY gift wrap using Christmas Ornaments Stencil and Kraft paper. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/diy-christmas-decor-craft-and-furniture-stencils.html?utm_source=JCG&utm_medium=Pinterest&utm_campaign=Christmas%20Ornaments%20Craft%20Stencil More