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.
How to Stencil Wood Furniture With Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint
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