Risograph Printing For Print Day in May – An international Print Event

Munich Artists owns a Risograph. It is a monster machine taking up quite a bit of space in our studio but we fell in love with what Risographs can do and we wanted to experiment with the process.  To get other artists excited about Risographing, we opened Frauenstrasse 18 on Saturday May 7, 2016 and invited artists to come in and try the Risograph.

As we discussed in this post about our Risograph, our machine makes a print of your art piece with Soy ink and you can print about 100 prints before the master starts to degrade.

For art printing, the quality of the paper is very important and we suggested artists bring paper with different weights, textures and colours.

Each artists was allowed to make 20 copies of their work on various papers and they experimented using only the black soy ink.

Alexandra Ritter  took advantage of international print day and decided to print a Risograph on top of her screen print created at her studio.  In the image below,you can see our testing paper where we worked setting up the master so that it was as close to where she screen printed as possible.

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Alexandra seemed pretty happy with her completed art pieces.  Below she is holding one example which is a combination of screen print and Risoprinting. We tried printing her artwork on various papers with each paper changing the feeling of the artwork. It was exciting to see a Munich Artist throwing herself into the experimentation process and taking advantage of Munich Print Day in May.Munich Artists risograph for international print day photos may 2016IMG_0107

We had seven artists spend the afternoon printing and seeing the limitations and possibilities of printing with a Risograph machine.  Photographers, painters, and printers played with their artwork to create something different from their normal art practices.

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Elke Reis (L) and Brigitte Hoppstock (R) looking through Brigitte’s print work.

Print day in May is an international event started by MPCprintmakers. Munich Artists is the first group in Munich to join in on the international print day fun.   We will continue to develop this event in Munich and look forward to next year’s Print Day in May.

If you missed Print day in May, you are welcome to come by for a chat but we will not be doing printing until we have collected all of our coloured drums.  We will post an open call once we are ready to create artwork with the machine and we will post on the website when we have another Risograph workshop.

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From Left to Right:  Bobbie Dunn, Brigitte Hoppstock, Alexandra Ritter, Elke Reis, Gina posing with their risograph works on International Print Day.

Munich Artists & The Risograph

Today we are sharing our Risograph story.

If you follow our Instagram and Facebook feeds, you know that Munich Artists adopted a grand dame Risograph 3750. we talked with Penelope Richardson about her newly purchased Risograph machine and thought it was a cool idea. After doing a bit of research, I decided Munich Artists could use the machine for projects without killing our startup budget.

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Munich Artists GR3750 Risograph – Adopted- March 2016

Why was I excited about a Risograph machine? A Risograph is a machine made to save money and it is an artist at heart. See, in the bowels of the machine is this piece of paper that is creating the prints.

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Risograph  Machines scan images and then creates little holes in rice paper creating something similar to a screen print. (You can hook up the newer models to a computer but our first Risograph 3750 is old school.)

The rice paper master created by the machine is wrapped around a drum like the one shown above. Inside the drum is an ink cartridge containing soy ink. The ink is absorbed into the paper as a solid layer of colour which is transferred onto the paper you use for your project.

Our Risograph machine uses one color per drum so you need to change drums to change colour.  The color is laid onto the paper just like a screen print. You can layer colours but you must let the colours dry to avoid smearing.

Munich Artists has a black colour drum and are waiting for a blue one to arrive so that we can start printing the books for our 500 Artists Say Hello Event.

Why did we decide to experiment with an old Risographs 3750?

  • We can make about 100 prints per scan.  (yet to be tested on our machine.)
  • We can create artistic looking books and prints to sell on Munich Art Market.
  • We can publish our colouring books at a reasonable price and in different sizes (A5 & A4 and make a tiny profit. (all the costs doesn’t go into printing.)
  • We can have a product made in Munich, Germany.
  • We can have a Riso print party for Print day on  May 7, 2016.
  • We can get artists together for a creative weekend of printing their artwork.
  • The Risograph Adds restrictions to Munich Artists digital world by limiting colour choices and print designs.
  • We can see if this tool works for Munich Artists before investing in a new one.

Angela Smets was the first artist to bring in an art piece to print on the Risograph. Angela created a digital art piece and then printed it on the Risograph.   Here is a photograph of her digital print (r) and then our Risograph print on art paper (l).   You are limited in side for the prints depending on the drum you are using. Our drums are A4 so an A3 art piece will need to be reduced or spot printed.

The Risograph piece below was on an odd sized sheet that was larger than an A4 but smaller than an A3 which is why you see the tiny mark on the bottom from the reduction of the print to an A4.

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Risograph print on the left – Digital Print on the right.

If you are creating Risographs, please let me know.  We plan to have a space on Munich Art Market dedicated to Risograph work. If you want to put your Risograph work on Munich Art Market, you must come register at our April 23rd, 2016 event.  We will only accept artists onto the Market twice a year. (November & April) cause we want to focus on creating cool things not admin work.

If you would like to volunteer in the creation of our first Risograph book, you can email me Emmy@kyfio.com. I will begin experimenting the first week of April during the second week of the Easter holiday.

If you don’t know about our 500 Artists Say Hello event, you can still participate by joining our 21 Day Challenge and submitting artwork on the daily themes.

You can register for the Art Market without participating in the display of artwork but you must be at our event to register. 

Visit Munich Artists at Quiddstr. 45 between 1400 and 1800 on Saturday April 23, 2016 and fill in the Registration form.  The registration costs is 20 Euro.   All artwork on the art market is curated so please keep this in mind.

If you have questions about Munich Artists and Munich Art Market, I will be answering questions after the event on April 24th at Quiddstr. 45 at an artists talk. You are welcome to attend.