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One of the most frequent questions we get here at StencilGirl is, "what's the difference between a stencil and a mask?" This is usually followed up with another question: "how do I use masks?" Since many of the stencils we sell are actually masks, we wanted to share how they're different and give you some inspiration, ideas, and techniques for working with masks. Make sure you also check out our tutorials for Gelli printing
since masks are ideal for use with that technique!

In this video, StencilGirl artist Gwen Lafleur gives an explanation for the difference between stencils and masks and also shows you four easy ways to use masks in your artwork.

Mask used:
Ornamental Compass Mask, M095, designed by Gwen Lafleur