Searching for your new go-to creative technique? Look no further than risograph printing (riso) – a great way to experiment with colour, graphic pattern and illustration. Rachel introduces you to some of her favourite riso creatives.
Riso has become a popular printing method within the creative industry over the last few years. Originally designed as pieces of office equipment, the process now attracts designers, artists and illustrators. That is because riso is fairly cheap, is environmentally friendly, and it uses a range of vibrant and warm colours.
This type of printing uses a spot colour process. Unlike digital printers – which combine cyan, ma-genta, yellow, and black ink to create full colour images – risograph printers print one colour at a time.
This means each colour you print has to be registered by eye, and the more colours you want to use, the longer it takes to make! Risograph users have to be clever about what colours they use and how they can be combined to create even more options.
Below I have compiled a list of some of interesting artists, designers, illustrators and risograph print-ing presses that use the limited riso colour palette in different ways.
RISOTTO: Printing press and design studio
Head over to their website and choose ‘RISO ROOM’ to explore a world of tips, inspiration and risograph resources. Pick ‘RISOTTO SHOP’ to browse their own creative designs.
You can also find out about their upcoming series of workshops, RISOTTO’S RISO ROOM at The Lighthouse, there too!
Risolve: Printing press
More of Risolve’s colour tests and print work can be found on their Instagram and website
Credit: Sigrid Calon: ‘TO THE EXTEND OF / | & -, 2013’, De Monsterkamer.Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon has produced work using many different media, but her risograph prints exploit the vibrancy of the riso inks. In 2012 she produced a risograph printed book that ex-plored her fascination with embroidery grids which you can see in the video above. Following a set of rules, and using only eight risograph colours, she produced 120 unique designs.
Take a look at Sigrid’s work on Instagram or her website where you’ll see the influence of riso in her larger format surface designs for wallpaper and more.