Risograph Printing

Risograph printing is extremely fast, cost effective and environmentally friendly. Each stencil, also known as a master), is made up of thermal sensitive paper which only takes a single print for the screen to be fully inked and ready to print a thousand copies in minutes.

The printing process of a risograph is similar to that of a screen printer. The pattern, text or image you are trying to print is burnt onto a master which is then wrapped around the print drum and rotating at high speed this pushes the ink through the screen and onto the paper. This method of printing is extremely swift and the amount of copies you can produce in a small amount of time is impressive.

When printing with the risograph machine you can either print digitally or from drawings/sketches. Either way, you have to separate your colours onto different sheets. For example, red, green and blue would be on three different sheets and then you would scan in each colour, and run the same sheet through the machine three times to add each colour and enable your final piece.

Induction: During the induction, we were asked to create a poster or a zine to showcase how the risograph machine worked. We only had a short time before we had to have our artefact ready to print. This meant we had to come up with a concept, work together and print rather efficiently. We had three solid ideas; 1. a lyric book (the great George Michael just passed and it would have been a tribute), 2. an infographic of the year gone by (again, the greats that had past in 2016) and 3. a book of his and hers new year resolutions. We voted and concluded that idea 3 was the lighthearted and cultured approach.

Here is the final product:

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Upon reflection I wish we had used thinner pens to create a neater outcome, or maybe have even experimented digitally. However, this really gave us the feel for the risograph machine and it’s production. Once it had both masters set, the machine printed at a remarkable fast pace. I can think of many of different uses in which I could use this machine, especially for digital printing and adding slight textures. I believe it would be extremely good for overlaying and meshing both texture / type. I hope to use this within a future module.

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