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Risograph is a printing technique that resembles a photocopier but operates more like a screen printing press. It is similar to screen printing, where you print in individual colour layers that are then printed on top of each other to create a unique image. However, instead of using screens (as in screen printing), the Risograph uses a stencil master—a thin film that is wrapped around a drum inside the machine.

Risographing is one of my favourite ways to create an unexpected image. When you use a Risograph, you actually start the process in Photoshop. You have to separate your image into the different coloured layers there. I enjoy this process because I like cutting out certain parts on some layers to really make a colour pop. What also intrigues me is the fact that you never know for sure how your work will end up looking. When you prepare your image in Photoshop, you have a guess, but it can always end up differently. In my opinion, it usually looks better once I’ve printed it.

A great example of an image I had to delete certain details on layers of was my work ‘Aphrodite’. I wanted to experiment with two different colours and putting them opposite each other. I used the sea in which she was born, the statue Venus de Milo, and the planet Venus. I was pleasantly surprised by the result, especially the effect on coloured paper. I used a few different colours of paper for different effects. My favourite is the pink background.