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Using my Print Gocco machine again

If you’ve been reading this blog a long time, you may remember that I used to do a lot of printing with a little Japanese machine called the Print Gocco.  I hadn’t used it for ages for one reason and another, but earlier this year, I couldn’t find a birthday card that I liked to send to my eldest son so I dusted it off and did a lot of printing.

a Print Gocco PG10

This is like the Print Gocco machine I have

 

It was nice to get it out again after so long.

St Woollos Cathedral

This is the photo I based the print on: it is a close up of St Woollos Cathedral in Newport and the houses immediately around it.

 

I decided to print a photo of Newport since he had been away for nearly 2 years and I thought (probably wrongly!) that he might like to see it.

gocco print of houses in Newport

One of the resulting prints.

 

This is the one I chose.  I did a 3 colour separation and printed 3 screens in halftone and this one of them.  It’s not one of the best as I put the ones I printed on folded cards in a safe place (ha – too safe!).

Gocco printed Khadi postcard in fluorescent colours of phoneboxes in Cheltenham

Gocco printed Khadi postcard in fluorescent colours

 

Of course I couldn’t stop there!  I had taken a photo of some phoneboxes and a postbox in Cheltenham one year which I thought would be a good complement to my London bus prints.

 

gocco printed phoneboxes with red and pink ink

These phoneboxes and postbox were based on a photo I took in Cheltenham, they seem to be going AWOL everywhere else with the advent of mobile phones!

 

It was fun printing these in various colours.

 

Gocco print of phoneboxes overprinted on to another print

Here I was getting arty by overprinting the phoneboxes on to one of my London bus prints that I printed back in about 2010.

 

I got rather carried away by the end … of course there’s no point printing if you’re going to stop after one or two!

 

gocco prints on my workroom table

Here are lots of the prints on my print table

 

gocco prints on table

There isn’t much room for anything else!

 

gocco prints stacked in rack to dry

It’s satisfying to see all these prints drying in the racks.

 

 

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12 things x 12… a bit late!

I got so inspired seeing all the Facebook pictures of 12 things to celebrate the 12th of the 12th 2012 yesterday that I decided to do my own … pity I was a day late but never mind!  I had so much fun finding groups of 12s in my studio and rediscovering a lot of nice arty things I’d almost forgotten I had, that I went mad and did more than 12 so you’ll be seeing some of them here in the future… 

12 black pens

1.  12 black pens for making gocco/thermofax masters for screens with.

12 inks

2.  12 inks.

12 beads

3.  12 round beads.

12 handmade beads

4.  12 hand made beads.

12 buttons

5.  12 brown buttons.

12 reels of vintage thread

6.  12 reels of vintage Sylko thread.

12 thread labels

7.  12 thread labels.

12 glass pins

8.  12 glass headed pins.

12 stamps made from fun foam

9.  12 stamps made from fun foam stuck on card.

12 carved stamps from erasers 

10.  12 stamps carved from erasers or that pink rubbery stuff.

12 print gocco ink tubes

11.  12 Print Gocco ink tubes.

12 wooden printing blocks.

12.  12 wooden printing blocks.

Compare the different Print Gocco models

Jamie Pulley has just published a very useful Gocco comparison chart which looks pretty comprehensive, so if you’re thinking of buying one and are confused by the various models and the differences between them, hop over to his blog and have a look!

Altering photos for Gocco/thermofax using Photoshop

Karen Stiehl Osborn has just written a tutorial on her blog entitled From Photograph to Thermofax. If you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and want to make a Gocco screen or thermofax screen and don’t know the best way to alter a photograph to make the best sort of image for it, check it out!

If you prefer using Paint Shop Pro, I wrote an article a few months ago on the same subject. You can find it here. There is also a link on my left sidebar.

While I’m on the subject of Gocco prints, I do still have some Print Gocco machines – PG10 and PG10 Supers – for sale, and have reduced the prices for April so there’s still a few days left!

Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

When I had my great fabric decorating spree in January, some of my favourite pieces are those I screenprinted with Gocco screens.  I used natural dye extracts mixed with gum tragacanth as a print paste/binder.

Continuing the series on mud and footprints, I made a screen of these bird prints.  I actually made a tiny stamp from an eraser, printed the back of an envelope with it, and scanned it into the computer.  I then made it bigger and made it into a screen. 

screenprinted fabric, bird prints

A close up:

close up of bird print fabric

I then stuck torn masking tape over an empty screen and printed over the bird prints:

bird prints and mud fabric

bird print and mud fabric

I’ll be interested to see how these turn out when I wash them.  I have to leave them for a few months to batch.  The longer the better, really.  And I don’t plan to use them for a while so they might as well sit there….

This fabric below was printed first with torn corrugated cardboard, then printed with a couple of screens made of brick patterns.

screenprinted fabric with natural dyes

And this one is a screen of a tree, made from a photograph I took on one of my walks:

tree fabric

I printed the same screen with colours getting gradually darker.  I also printed some fabric using the same screen and another screen of a letter.

If you read this in Google Reader or another feed reader, you probably won’t notice that I’ve changed the blog ‘theme’.   I changed to this one because it is very easy to alter the way the page looks and I want to try and incorporate my website into the blog so it all looks the same and I think I can do it with this one without messing too much with the code.  But if you find anything’s not working for you in your particular browser, do let me know and I’ll try and change it.  The header, by the way, is rotating, which means you might see a different picture up there each time you come to the blog!  Fun, eh?!!

Before I finish this post, Judy Nolan from the Etsy Boomers Street Team, of which I’m a member, has written a great blog post about the way different people get ideas for their work and capture them.  She got lots of us to tell her what we all do and how we all go about things!  I think it’s definitely worth reading.  You can find it on the Boomers’ blog here.

A little book

I meant to blog about this little book I made with my Bind it All just before Christmas.   I even found a title for it in the Drafts folder of Windows Live Writer!   I had a little scrap of the wire spiral binding to use up and just felt like playing, because I haven’t used it much since I bought it and I think a lot of this is because I have to look up the instructions every time I want to make one and it just takes too much time….  Unfortunately I couldn’t work out how to just punch the middle with three holes so it has a couple of empty holes top and bottom.  I suppose I could use these to advantage by threading some decorative yarn or beads through them…  The book is about 3 inches square.

little book made with Bind it All

The covers are made using painted matboard which has been textured with tissue paper.   I made this when I was working through  Mary Todd Beam’s book, Celebrate your creative self.  

book1

I filled it with random decorated pages – this is some painted Japanese newspaper that the Gocco machines are packed with and, I think, some patterned paper randomly stencilled with some sequin waste.

little book with gocco printed page

This page has been Gocco printed with my medieval woodcut screen.

gocco printed pages in little book

This one has an angel stamp and a sort of partial repeated print of the Newport streets gocco screen.  An abstract, arty and definitely unrepeatable print!

Great news for Print Gocco owners!

Great news for all Print Gocco owners!

Guenther Panenka of Patchworkshop.de in Germany is working on producing a reasonably priced bulb-free exposure unit for the Print Gocco and apparently basic tests have been successful! He is also intending to produce plastic frames which will fit in the machines and hold the thermofax screen mesh which you can buy by the metre. So if you have a Gocco, hang on to it!!!

I will keep you posted!!! Meanwhile I still have some Gocco machines for sale on my Print Gocco machines sales page.

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