Risograph Print workshop

Today I went to a really fun 2 colour Risograph print workshop. It took place at Hato Press which is a London based Risograph printer and publishing house.


I have recently been noticing some lovely Risograph prints at craft fairs and online, my favourites are by Printed Peanut and Scout Editions - they're lovely, and just have an extra special quality to them.

The process has similar qualities to screen printing, the machine looks like a photocopier and to an effect it is, we used the hand made process as opposed to using a PDF to print from. The designs are individually placed upon the screen bed, as you would do to photocopy something, then making sure the correct coloured 'drum' is in the machine (like a big printing roller full of ink) the machine then creates a master using a special film, this is where the similarities to screen printing are (but instead of light this uses heat to burn on the design) once the master film is created this stays attached to the roller and ink is pushed through the areas which have been burnt (the areas where you have made marks on your design)

Then the process is repeated for the second colour, so you have both masters ready, then it is a case of printing both at the same time, the alignment may not be correct at this stage so using the arrow keys on the machine you can move the position of the drum and keep testing the print until you are happy with the position.

So, back to the workshop, I arrived a little early and had a look around the little shop area where they have books and prints. Once everyone had arrived we were told how the risograph printer works and we all made a few scribbles on some paper to see the process, and how each different pen or pencil mark would come out.

Then it was time to create our designs, I had something in mind and had some basic ideas in my sketchbook, I drew out the design first and then decided on colours and arrangement, to create the final artwork we had to draw one colour on to a piece of paper and then using tracing paper make the second layer/colour.

Then we put the coloured drums in to the machine, I decided on teal and orange, and a few tests to get it all lined up and my final print was ready. It was so quick and simple but the outcome is beautiful, I really enjoyed the process and will definitely work in this way again.

If you're interested in Risograph printing and live in London I would really recommend this workshop, it was only £30 and such a fun afternoon. 

Close up of my print

Close up of my print

My final print

My final print

Here's a little clip of my work printing.

Find a better explanation of the process and information on workshops here


Art trail - Print Club London Blisters 2014

Blisters: The sound Sessions was the second exhibition of our weekend Art trail, if you didn't see the first one you can see that here.

The Print Club London is a print studio in London that often put exhibition on, this one was the 5th of its kind. 


There was 40 exhibiting artists each with an edition of 40 signed prints for only £40 each.

The posters were all inspired by music and all so different in style and colour. The exhibition was held in MC Motors which is a large events venue opposite the studios, it was filed with an array of vintage props including a portrait of the Royal family which was hung at the very top of the very high walls.


This Rose Blake print was my favourite of all the prints, but I also liked the two below, maybe it's the matching colours? 


Unfortunately the show has now finished - I will be sure to go again next year, maybe i'll even have some money to buy one - as it was supposed to be a free art day I couldn't really buy one this time. 

Art trail - Howard Griffin Gallery

On Saturday my friend Liz and I decided to have a free day of art, and as it was the start of Design week there was plenty to chose from.

We started by seeing an exhibition we didn't mean to (stupid timeout with its out of date information) at the Howard Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Stree. The exhibition was called John and George, and it had a really nice story,

John was a well known homeless man who used to sit on Shoreditch High Street, he used to talk to the commuters and telling them about his life and he used to sell drawings he had done to pass the time. 

He would draw the buildings around him and also George, his dog. 

His first exhibition was at Howard Griffin in 2013 and he has returned this year for his second show. 

The first thing we saw was a giant drawing of George the dog, and then glancing over to the desk at the front of the Gallery was the real George - so that was nice, apparently John sometimes leaves George at the Gallery for an hour or so.


The space was really nice, big and was full of exposed brick work, it really suited the work, which was mainly line drawings and screen prints of the buildings around Shoreditch.

At the back of the space were three walls covered in A4 sketches of George hung on bulldog clips, these were on sale for £50 and it already looked like lots had been bought.


It's a really nice exhibition to look round, and I think knowing the story makes it even better, if you want to take a look you will need to hurry as this is only on until 21st September.


Recently I visited a cornershop in Bethnal green selling all the usuals you would expect. The only difference is this was actually the total opposite of what you would expect.

The 'Cornershop' is an art installation of around 4000 everyday items made from felt. Lucy Sparrow, the maker of this wonder, has spent over 7 months making each and every product you would find in your local convenience store.

From penny sweets in jars, to cigarettes, dirty magazines to frozen chips and ice lollies, it really is an amazing thing to see.


It was so difficult to pick a favourite, they were all so great, I did really like the sweets, chocolates and crisps, but then these are all my favourite things any way.

If you fancy a visit, the shop is at 19 Wellington Row, London, E2 7BB and open everyday in August 10am-7pm. Don't worry if you can't make it, there is also a shop online where you can purchase all the items which are on sale in the shop