Risograph is a stencil based print process which combines old and new technologies to produce print work that is unique in its aesthetic.
Imagine a photocopier where you can substitute the black ink for a fluorescent pink! Or if you are familiar with screen printing, imagine a printer that makes and breaks down your screen for you. Risograph is a quick, environmentally conscious and economical method of producing print.
Risograph printing uses spot colouring, meaning that it does not use the conventional CMYK to produce print. Instead Risograph has its own range of colours unique to its process, colours that conventional printers are unable to replicate. It’s the richness of the ink and it’s texture that keeps us excited every time a piece of work passes through the printer.
Here at Dizzy Ink we stock 12 different inks for you to experiment with, have a look and pick your palette!
Risograph inks are translucent, meaning that they are affected by what they print onto. If inks are printed onto a coloured paper stock for example they will take on certain characteristics of the paper. The same thing happens when two inks overlap each other- they mix.
This process is called overprinting and means that from an original palette of 11 colours you can actually create an unlimited amount of new colours. Look at the way these three inks mix together and notice how different opacities of each ink create different hues of the colour.
Each letter applies to its colour i.e. P = Pink.
The percentage next to the letter describes the opacity with which it was printed i.e. P 40% = Pink at 40% opacity.
CMYK inks are not made in Riso meaning we are able to use our own colours to replace the norm. The prints to your right are an example of each colour we use when printing our version of CMYK. Look at each colour and how they mix with each other to create a different aesthetic of full colour printing. The image at the end is our version of OZ!