Recently I got to take a 2-color Riso workshop at Culture Flock here in Springfield, MO. I learned that a Risograph is a stencil printer that is between screen printing and lithography. These are the drums you switch out to change the ink color.
It works a lot like a copier except when you scan in your image, it makes a stencil and then that stencil is printed by the drum and spit out. At Culture Flock they have all these fantastic Riso prints up on the wall for inspiration.
We learned the basics and then we got to work creating an image to print.
All the Riso machines at Culture Flock have a name and I got to print with Phyllis.
I took my Dead Artist Society skull and printed first with pink. Then I added the lettering and printed the skull again in teal. I was going for an offset 3-D look and I was really happy with how it turned out. The areas where the two colors overlapped made a really nice purple.
Here’s a couple prints that I thought were really cool from others taking the workshop.
One workshopper made a zine and I thought that was a really great idea too. It was super fun and totally something I want to do again.