About The Art

Discover why flaws are just right, why beauty isn’t about perfection, and why every single artwork is unique like you.

The Inks

The risography inks produce a unique texture, resulting in a hand-printed and tactile finish. The inks are made from a combination of environmentally friendly soy oil, water, and pigment. The ink sits on the surface of the paper, and since no fixing agents are used, the printed areas are slightly sensitive and can therefore be prone to smudging if handled handled a lot, similar to newspaper.

The Process

Risography is like screen printing in that each ink color is layered on separately and the overlap of colors can be irregular. Large flat areas of solid ink coverage are likely to show some slight variations, including pinholes and flooding, which makes every single print unique and one of a kind. When the paper is fed through the machine multiple times and heavily inked, the paper feeder rollers may leave tire marks on the page’s surface or end sheets, which only adds more character to the artwork.

The Colors

All inks used in the risography process are unique, and the colors produced cannot be accurately represented on the web, especially fluorescent inks. This uniqueness gives you distinctive print results. However, the images you see in the online store aim to represent the original as closely as possible. What can be said is that the original artworks look and feel richer, with bolder and more nuanced colors than the digital preview suggests.


Risography printing itself is a highly energy-efficient and sustainable printing method, creating an ethical product that surpasses other printing methods. The cold process consumes minimal energy, and risography prints utilize soy-based (non-toxic) inks and stencils made from plant fibers. Unlike litho printing, only a single print is needed for the stencil to be fully inked and ready to print. It requires minimal electricity and eliminates the need for up to 100,000 liters of water and 10,000 liters of alcohol (per year) typically consumed by a mid-size printer. 

The Paper

All artworks are printed on heavy Metapaper Extrarough Warmwhite, a very open and tactile fine paper developed by the US papermaker Mohawk. It is the perfect combination of physical experience, touch, and print excellence.

“Small imperfections give each print a charming and handmade quality”

  • Charming little pinholes can emerge when printing large flat areas of solid ink.

  • Areas of solid ink coverage are likely to show beautiful variations and flooding.

  • Longer drying soy-based and non-toxic inks occasionally add even more character.

  • Since nobody is perfect, separate layers of ink can overlap irregularly.

  • The paper feeder rollers may leave a positive impression on the page’s surface.

  • Slight misregistration may occur, which makes every single print unique.

Limited Editions

All artworks are limited edition art prints, numbered, signed, and dated by the artist. A limited edition refers to a series of art prints produced in the same manner. The numbering follows established rules. For example, the number “8/100” indicates that the print is the eighth print in an edition of one hundred.

Certificate of Authenticity

All the artworks come with a Certificate of Authenticity that proves the artwork’s genuineness and authenticity. It’s signed by Cats On Words, features a holographic security sticker, and includes all the relevant information about the artwork. The document serves as a useful tool in the prevention of counterfeits. When purchasing an artwork by Cats On Words on the secondary art market, ensure that it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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