2-Color Digital Riso Workshop with BEARBEAR

By The Bindery (other events)

Friday, August 25 2023 5:30 PM 8:30 PM CST

What’s the best way to set up a file for Riso? Is working in layers better, or working with color channel separation better? What is trapping? This workshop seeks to answer those questions for illustrators and digital artists who want to integrate Riso printing into their practice.

Students leave with:

  • A foundational understanding of how to prepare digital files in Photoshop using spot color, layers, and common Riso printing workarounds to watch out for.
  • A quick intro to Riso and how the machine itself works.
  • Ten custom, two-color, 11”x17” prints of their own design.

Students must bring:

  • Laptop with a working version of Photoshop installed
  • Digital artwork or design (11”x17” or smaller)
  • * Adobe Photoshop experience is required

With a class size limited to five students, this experience is built to be safe and highly personalized. Instructors Ben and Diana of BearBear will be hands-on with each student to help prepare their artwork, work the machine, and answer questions along the way. No formal artistic or printmaking background necessary (beyond an understanding of Adobe Photoshop). Those with minimal Riso experience are encouraged to join. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Masks are currently optional but welcome.

About your instructors: 

BearBear is a creative studio co-founded in 2018 by Diana Chu (she/her) and life partner Ben Grzenia (he/his). They live and work in Milwaukee with shared backgrounds in illustration and communication design. Ben and Diana combine nearly twenty years of graphic design experience from across various non-profit and commercial industries. They are eager to meet students at any level and share their love of Risography.

** Due to the small nature of classes and the upfront materials costs, BearBear upholds The Bindery’s no refunds or exchanges policy. If you cannot make it for some reason, please send a friend in your stead and let us know.

The Bindery

Mailing Address

347 E. Ward Street Milwaukee, WI 53207