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

 

A video in my studio

If you are visiting my blog, I am assuming you have seen the video on the homepage of my website. If you haven’t seen it go to my homepage or click here to see the video on YouTube.

It’s a short video showing me in my workshop/studio doing what I do best. You see me go through the process of making jewellery from start to finish, starting with sketching and transferring the design to the computer and finishing with cutting out the pieces from acrylic and finally attaching them all together.

creative-process-video

The videographer was the super talented John Barker, he did a great job and as scared and nervous as I was he made me feel at ease. I did feel really silly at times, and I think at one point in the video you can see me giggling away when I'm pretending to press buttons on my laser cutter.

The filming process took about 4-5 hours, and then John shot some extra bits around the studio after that it was time for the dreaded interview. This was the bit I was not looking forward to and actually suggested the video shouldn't have any narration, but John insisted, so he attached a microphone to me and we had a 30 minute 'chat' where he forced me (in a nice way) to say my name, so people can hear how to say it. Once that was over I had done my part and the rest was down to John.

We did the filming and interview, and in a super quick turnaround I received the video in my inbox, it was so exciting but I was so scared to watch it (having heard the rumour you put on 10lbs when you’re in front of the camera) but I loved it.

creative-process-video

I am really nosey and enjoy seeing where people work and what they do so I'm glad to share my little story and creative process.

If you’re interested in doing the same I would really encourage you to contact John, he is super talented and so friendly, you will have a really fun day and get something amazing out of it.

You can visit John's website here, and see the blog post he did all about the making of the video here.