Painter's tape (next to paint) is the essential stenciling tool. Tape keeps your stencil in place and keeps the stencil close to your painting surface, which is necessary to help prevent bleeding and under spray. Painters tape has an easy release and leaves no residue, making it the easiest tape to use when painting. This tape is easy to tear at a 90 degree angle, but stays intact when removing from a surface. Painters tape is also very thin, which helps leave crisp, sharp lines.