Risograph Workshop

I’ve been interested in risograph printing for a little bit. I’m not sure exactly when the interest cropped up, but I do know that following Kate Bingaman-Burt’s work applied the bellows to the ember of interest here. 

This is the part where I could talk about the challenges of the last few years, but I don’t want to bore myself.  I will say one thing though, it was entirely destabilizing to have a baby via c-section at 40, and then when he is just a few months old learn that his father has cancer. So the time that we thought would be his paternity leave was actually the beginning of his cancer treatment which was so, so rough on him. Then came COVID, plus the no-childcare situation that so many people experienced. On top of that, because of COVID plus my husband’s cancer treatment, my older son didn’t have access to the other side of his family for MONTHS.

So much for not delving into the challenges of the last few years.

But to get to the point, for my own sense of well being, I try not to be a person who fills my mind with things that I want to do without taking steps to do the thing (or release the thought). This has been true for years now. This is how I wrote a collection of stories and a novel. This is how I ran my first half-marathon, and discovered also that I never want to run another full marathon. This is why I learned social dances beyond salsa. This is how I taught myself to do a number of things. 

But on the other side of having a second son, it’s been more challenging to grasp at these personal goals.

So, when I felt myself saying a boring amount of times that I wanted to learn more about risograph, it was time to do something about it.

I took an online workshop at Taxonomy Press, which was pretty great. It told me everything that I wanted to know. And in the process, I also learned a couple more Procreate tricks. Photoshop, too! When I was deciding which two colors I wanted to choose for the prints that came with the class, I wanted to get a sense of what the color combinations might look like. 

Alex was pretty impressed by this and even requested a copy of this. I still owe him a frame though. 

It felt good to be back in the drivers seat of accomplishing those “one day” things. 

Future regret = managed. 


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