This week, I took my second risograph workshop at uni, to experiment with my current prints and develop my "print thinking". As soon as I'd booked it I was so excited! I see it as an alternative to screen printing, and as a super quick method with crazy bold colours it works so well. I think I'm obsessed by the print speed, but mainly the quality of a traditional almost retro-feel set of artworks. And the print run is an added bonus!
I printed an abstract landscape I had been working on from my Pre Major Project, in bright yellow and neon pink, which produces a rich orange tone when overlayed. I think I enjoy this part most: Working out how the colour will mix dependent on its layer and when it was printed, produces such different intriguing affects for every print. It's definitely the wow-factor when you print a riso, finding out how the two colours mix. Especially with added texture, as any draw lines or brush strokes etc, add an extra depth to the image.
I have already booked more time with the print machine, to print and develop my current digital paintings, as I think my current style applies itself naturally to print. Using block colour and tone, with added line work on top naturally lends itself to the multiple layers of risograph printing. I tend to work with bold complimentary colours, so I can't wait to see how the different layers blend and contrast. I think this will definitely be a new method of working for me, and hope to use it more.
I have also been experimenting with some Photoshop techniques as an attempt to mimic how risograph. Using varying Bitmap modes, I have developed a process to overlap grey scale imagery and adapting the blending options, to imitate how the image would appear when printed. I really like the added texture of the bitmap dots to the block colour, which seems to exaggerate a riso print: It's a great method for testing colour blends.