Risograph printing

What is Risograph Printing?

Risograph printing first began in Japan in the 1980’s as a standard office print and photocopier, but in recent years has become more and more popular with artists, illustrators and graphic designers thanks to its quirky, unique style and low cost. It’s also one of the most eco friendly ways to print.

We have a dual drum machine, meaning our printer can hold 2 colour drums at a time, each of which contain soy based ink. When we send a design to print, the Risograph printer makes a stencil using a sheet of material made from banana leaf fibres, which then wraps around the corresponding ink drum.

The colour drum then floods the stencil with ink, and as it pulls the paper through, the design is imprinted onto the paper as it passes through the printer. 

Every time a new colour layer is needed, the Riso printer must make a new stencil, which is why it becomes more costly for higher numbers of colours.

2 colour Riso Print (Blue & Fluro Pink) by one of our studio members @nicopaws_
You can buy this print at Nicopaws

What colours can we print?

We have 10 colours of ink here at Wild & Kind, but as the ink is transparent you can achieve thousands of different tones and colours from overlapping these base colours. You can get really creative with only a few passes. 

We recommend printing with a maximum of 4 colour layers, but we can do more. This is because Riso ink never “fully dries” (much like newspaper ink) so every time you pass the paper through the printer it can develop marks from the paper feed rollers. Clever designing that leaves the top centre part of your paper clear in the initial passes can avoid this.

Misalignment and imperfections

We see misalignment as part of the joy of printing with Risograph, not a flaw. We will be able to get 2 colours to line up almost perfectly because they are being printed at the exact same time, but anymore that 2 require the Ink drums to be changed and for the paper to pass through the printer again. There can be movement of up to 2 or 3 mm with every print, so you should that this into consideration when preparing your designs. 

Every print will looks slightly different, and minor flaws and unexpected marks are part of the process and is what really make each and every print totally unique. Large areas of flat, dense colour will likely vary in texture and not always be ‘solid’.

It’s relatively experimental, as you don’t always know exactly what 2 overlapping colours will look like until it prints. The hand-made aesthetic that Risograph printing provides is fast becoming the more popular choice for art prints across the world. 



Quick Riso Quote
This gives you a very quick, rough idea of how much Risograph printing costs, but should not be used as an exact 'quote'.

Ready to order?

To start the order process, please fill in the following form, making sure to attach the correct files for printing. We do not edit your files and will print them as they come to us. Once we receive your details we’ll be in touch with a final quote and send you an invoice for payment. We will only begin printing once the invoice has been paid in full.

for orders of more than 500 please contact us at info@wildandkind.com
for more than 4 colour layers contact riso@wildandkind.com
We order paper for printing on demand. Due to COVID, our fast delivery paper options have become restricted so we have limited online ordering options to two types of paper (in various weights). If there is something else you have in mind just get in touch and we can source it for you!
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This helps us know if there are any obvious mistakes with your files.
All promo codes give a disount on the printing costs only. They are not applied to the cost of the paper 🙂