An educational resource based on the holdings of HKOP, covering the various techniques in Relief printing, Intaglio, Planography, Screenprint and Others.


Screen printing is a type of serigraphy. The matrix is made by sealing an image onto a mesh, either by hand or through light-sensitive methods. This image is transferred onto the paper when pigment is forced through the mesh by a smooth rubber blade (squeegee). Due to the transparency of screen print inks, many printmakers choose to layer colours over one another to create layered visual effects. The world’s most well-known screenprint work is probably Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (1960). His images of popular culture were a dramatic response to his observations about industrialised society.


Stencil printing is a widely used type of serigraphy. To create a stencil, one simply needs to create a design or text through the matrix. Prints are easily and quickly produced by printing through the matrix, and they are commonly used in our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a street sign or a street graffiti pattern, the appeal of stencils always manage to capture the attention of people passing by.