Stenciling is a faux painting technique in which paint is applied through a cut-out design. Different designs can be bought or created and cut out of cardboard or plastic with an Exacto knife. The best surface to stencil on is an eggshell base coat, latex may be used, but mistakes will not wipe off as easily. Emily Smith specializes in faux painting, fine art, and decorative finishing. Emily Smith displays examples of her stenciling work.