One of the most well-known forms of art developed by human beings is stenciling and it is so popular that there is virtually no culture in the globe where there is no one form of stenciling or the other. Stenciling can be described as a form of art where paints, dyes or pigments are used to form images, designs or patterns on another surface on which a material has been placed. This material can be glass, paper, metal or even cloth and it is the gaps that are cut into this material that create the beautiful patterns or images that are eventually created on the surface. As a result of its nature, stenciling has found great uses and applications and in the following sections in this piece, we will dwell more on these applications.
- Printing: When printing was first introduced, it was very tedious and laborious until the application of stenciling in the printing process. This is because stenciling confers the massive advantage of reusability upon the entire process. Instead of having to make new printing plates all over each time printing is to be done, stenciling offers a shorter and faster route. Stencils can be used repeatedly and that was how they came to dominate mass printing of everything from books to magazines to periodicals. The same set of stencils can be used for as long as decades without any diminishing in the quality of the results produced.
- Duplicating machines: Certain types of duplicating machines, like those used in the production of mimeographs make extensive use of stencils and they can be used to produce monochromatic or multicolored patterns.
- Corporate settings: Today, stencils are widely used in offices, businesses, administrative centers and so on. They are particularly useful when it comes to the application of symbols, numbers or patterns unto official documents or even in the production of labels. Without the use of stencils to carry out these functions, it will be a lot more hectic to get certain administrative tasks done. Stencils can be customized, and they are not expensive to also produce, remember they can also be used over and over again and as businesses can be very sensitive to costs, this is one way to reduce expenses in the office.
- Sociopolitical agitations: Graffiti images are very popular in different parts of the world but what many do not know is that these made primarily with the use of stencils. These images can be used to send powerful political messages across, or they can even be used to spark a particular change in the society or in some cases, trigger revolutions.
Armed forces: Signaling is very crucial for the military and when it comes to labeling their transport vehicles, head gear, sign posts and so on, the military makes extensive use of stenciling and it has even become a very integral part of the armed forces. The above listed are some of the most common uses and applications of stenciling and they all demonstrate the incredibly relevant nature of this form of art work for us all.