Risograph is a print process that combines elements of screen printing and photocopying, printing one colour at a time and building up layers of colour to create your image.
The risograph itself is a machine that looks similar to a photocopier, however rather than using a toner cartridge, the risograph creates images by rolling a stencil of your image onto a drum of ink (above) rotating as paper passes through the machine and passing the image onto each sheet at a high speed. Each risograph drum has a unique colour ink, and printing in multiple colours is achieved by swapping drums in and out of the machine.
It serves as a cost-effective way of printing large volumes, and has a number of qualities that make it stand out compared to conventional methods.
Risograph printing has an inky, textured appearance, due to its unique inks and colours, which are different to traditional inks. Risograph inks are soy-based and transparent, meaning they overlap with one another and create unique colour combinations which contribute to risograph's unique aesthetic, similar to screen printing.